Gov. Mark Dayton will go deer hunting in November, continuing the Governor’s Deer Opener tradition started by former Gov. Tim Pawlenty. But Dayton is taking it to the Iron Range.
This year’s opener will be in Biwabik on Nov. 4 and 5.
The state DNR and Explore Minnesota Tourism like to play the opener up big, to showcase the state’s tradition of deer hunting and the resulting economic impact.
Pawlenty started the opener in 2003, building on the older, larger Governor’s Fishing Opener. He got a small buck in 2004, and then in 2009 he hit a deer, but the party lost track of the wounded animal.
Deer in the Biwabik area this year might feel safer than millionaires during budget negotiations if the governor and legislators hit the woods together; there were times during the session when they all looked like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.