Bemidji named 2014 host city for Minn. Governor Deer Opener

By KBJR News 1

Bemidji named 2014 host city for Minn. Governor Deer Opener

November 8, 2013 Updated Nov 8, 2013 at 3:18 PM CDT

Bemidji, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Gov. Mark Dayton announced today that the city of Bemidji has been chosen as the host community for the Minnesota Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener to kick-off the 2014 firearms deer season.

Dayton made the announcement at today’s 11th annual deer hunting opener celebration in Fergus Falls.

“During my three years hosting the Governor's Deer Opener, we have enjoyed terrific events, thanks to the hard work of our hosts in Biwabik, Winona, and Fergus Falls,” Dayton said. “I thank everyone in Bemidji for their willingness to continue this great Minnesota tradition.”

Dayton went on to say that the Bemidji area is a popular deer hunting and travel destination because of its vast forests, including the Chippewa National Forest and the Buena Vista and Blackduck state forests.

Minnesota is home to nearly a half-million deer hunters whose direct retail spending totals more than a quarter-billion dollars and supports 3,760 jobs, according to a 2011 study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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