WORTHINGTON (LEARFIELD) – This year’s Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener is headed back to southwest Minnesota.

The D-N-R announced that Worthington and Nobles County will host the annual pheasant hunting event on October 14th and 15th. The area has more than 66-hundred acres of state-owned public land.

“We’re very excited to host this important event,” said Scott Rall, chairman of the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener committee in Nobles County. “We look forward to the event shining a spotlight on pheasant hunting, our hunting resources and our diverse community.”

Nobles County is known for its exceptional pheasant hunting, so it’s fitting the event returns to the area after a two-year hiatus during COVID. Worthington last hosted the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in 2014.