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At the Heart of Every Family Tradition Lies a Great Experience Worth Repeating

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At the Heart of Every Family Tradition Lies a Great Experience Worth Repeating

No matter when you decide to visit, you’ll likely find an event happening in the area. We host signature events like the Pequot Lakes Stars and Stripes Days in July. Have you been to the best St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Minnesota?! You’ll find the parade in Crosslake. How about kickin’ your boots up at Lakes Jam—the Lakes Area’s biggest country and rock fest. Other local businesses and communities host festivals, live music, and even fireworks. Make these popular events a family tradition.

2016 14th Annual Governor's Deer Hunting Opener

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Name: 2016 14th Annual Governor's Deer Hunting Opener
Date: November 3, 2016 - November 6, 2016
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

Join us to celebrate Minnesota's deer hunting tradition! 

​Deer hunting season is a special time in Minnesota, bringing together friends and families to share in a special and long-held tradition. This popular sport is part of the fabric of our state's culture. In fact, half a million Minnesotans are expected to participate in the 2016 firearms season!

Governor Mark Dayton will again honor this great Minnesota tradition by partnering with the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Explore Minnesota Tourism and the Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce to host the 14th Annual Minnesota Governor's Deer Hunting Opener Celebration at Breezy Point Resort.

All events will be held at Breezy Point Resort unless otherwise noted. 

Thursday, November 3
12:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Youth Outdoor Expo (for Pequot Lakes students)
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Outdoor Expo at Breezy Point Resort  

  • Demonstrations by various vendors
  • Mystery Box Chef Cook Off, 4:30- 6:00 p.m.
  • Blaze Orange Photo, 5:00 p.m. (lakeside by Dockside) - show your true hunting colors by participating in the state's largest Blaze Orange Community Photo. Let's set records!
  • Bad Axe Award Competition (register at MN DNR Booth) - Grab a friend and enter the competition to test your skills at air rifle shooting, identifying various scat, tracks & hides, hometown trivia and much more! Winners get the coveted "Bad Axe" Award, the privilege to proudly display it for a year and the chance to take home the trophy again at next years event!
  • A few of the vendors include:
    • Turn In Poachers Wall Of Shame
    • MDHA Bluewater Chapter
    • MN DNR with the World Record 8 Pointer Rack
    • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Air Rifle Range
    • Bill Hesselgrave's Deer Butchering Demonstration

4:30 p.m. - Welcome to Camp Banquet - social begins
6:30 p.m. - Welcome to Camp Dinner and Program ($35 / person; register by clicking the button above)

If you join us for the "Welcome to Camp" Banquet you'll enjoy a gourmet venison dinner, a chance to participate in special raffles and auctions, and a live performance of "Twas the Night Before Deer Camp" by Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts. Additionally, you'll have an opportunity to hear from speakers who have traditionally included Governor Dayton, Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, Explore Minnesota Tourism Director John Edman, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Executive Director Craig Engwall and others. Dinner includes:

  • Salad - Duck Confit, Baby Greens, Citrus Melon Vinaigrette, Cracklins & Crisp Parmesan
  • Entree - Seared Medallion of Venison, Roasted Mushrooms, Ginger-Carrot Puree, Yukon Potato Plank & Buerre Rouge
  • Warm Bread & Butter de Partie
  • Dessert - TBD

Friday, November 4
5:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Live Radio Broadcasting at Breezy Point Resort
12:00 p.m. - Media reps and dignitaries have free time to check out the Pequot Lakes and Breezy Point area or your host camp to do some scouting!

Saturday, November 5
30 minutes prior to sunrise - hunting season opener!!
Good Luck Hunting!

A limited number of 8' x 10' booth spaces are available at the Outdoor Expo which will be held November 3 from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. at Breezy Point Resort. This is an easy and economical opportunity to reach families, outdoor enthusiasts, and avid hunters!

Booth spaces are included with the sponsor packages. Booth-only rates are $150 for businesses and $100 for nonprofit organizations.

Contact Sue Galligan to secure your booth spot! 218-822-7119.

Pequot Lakes and Breezy Point area landowners who want to participate in the 14th annual Minnesota Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener can do so by volunteering to be a hunter host.

Hunter Hosts receive a complementary ticket to the Governor's Deer Hunting Opener Welcome to Camp Banquet on Thursday, November 3. Click Here for the Hunter Host Application. Questions about being a Hunter Host? Contact Jenna Crawford jenna@pequotlakes.com, 218-568-8911.

For more information about the 2016 MN Governor's Deer Hunting Opener:
- view/download the event flyer
- view/download the event brochure
- visit the official website: http://www.MNdeeropener.com/.


Event Media:
Event Sponsors:
  • Mills Fleet Farm
  • Central Broiler
  • Cabella's
  • Brainerd Dispatch
  • Echo Journal
  • Hubbard Radio Brainerd
  • MDHA
  • Potlatch
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Range, a Deluxe Company
  • Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center
  • Walleyedan's Guide Service
  • Commander Restaurant & Bar and JJ's Pub


Breezy Point Resort
9252 Breezy Point Drive
Breezy Point, MN 56472

Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce
31895 Government Drive
Pequot Lakes, MN
Date/Time Information:
Thursday - Sunday
November 3 - 6, 2016
Contact Information:
Jenna Crawford, Director of the Pequot Lakes Chamber 218-568-8911
11/3 Outdoor Expo - FREE
11/3 "Welcome to Camp" Banquet - $35 per person
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