Dayton to continue another Pawlenty tradition: Governor’s Deer Opener

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.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by C.S. Senne on 08/03/2011 - 08:09 pm.

    Why can’t male politicians resist the neanderthal urge to go out and kill things? Timmy T-Paw, in order to establish his macho image, of course had to dress up in hunter-guy, Cabela clothes, arm himself with a big NRA-favored gun, and blast a nasty hole in a deer in the woods and let it bleed to death. Very impressive. Manly. Almost Dick Cheney-esque. I expected more from Dayton, but now I’m not sure why.

  2. Submitted by Mark Johnson on 08/05/2011 - 01:29 pm.

    What is wrong with hunting? It has been part of our heritage since time began. Yes, some hunters are macho, but no more so than vegetarians, vegans, or the regular person on the street. Women joining hunting is the main reason of its growth. I applaud Governor Dayton, and Governor Pawlenty for being willing to stand up for our heritage. I also applaud them for recognizing that deer hunting injects approximately $500 million into Minnesota’s economy each year, all from hunters. Hunters also have been and still are the primary funding source for wildlife management. Their license fees and conservation efforts raise millions of $ each year that are invested right here, for everyone to enjoy. Don’t slam hunting just because you prefer someone else to kill your meat. Hunting is as real to living as one can get.

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