[ST. PAUL, MN] – On Sunday, Governor Tim Walz took part in the opening weekend of Minnesota’s 2020 pheasant hunting season. In accordance with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines, Governor Walz hunted in a small group while practicing social distancing.

“Pheasant hunting is a fall rite of passage in Minnesota,” said Governor Tim Walz. “Good luck to any hunters taking part in this time-honored—and socially distant—Minnesota tradition. As a lifetime Pheasants Forever member, I want to thank the Blue Earth County team for their conservation work that makes this sport possible. I also want to thank John Benson and Blaine Phillips for their hospitality, and of course, my sweet four-legged hunting partner, Freja.”

The Governor hunted with John Benson of Mankato, State Senator Nick Frentz, and English Springer Spaniel Freja on the private property of Blaine Phillips in southern Minnesota.

Media can find still photos, video and sound bites of the hunt on the DNR media room.

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