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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Madelia to host pheasant hunting opener

  • The Pheasant Capital of Minnesota is gearing up for two huge events on back-to-back weekends this October.
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  • The Pheasant Capital of Minnesota is gearing up for two huge events on back-to-back weekends this October.
    Madelia will host the 5th Annual Pheasant Phest(ival) on Saturday, Oct. 5, and the 2013 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, Friday, Oct, 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12.
     
    The Madelia Pheasant Phest(ival) was started in 2009, to celebrate the pheasant hunting tradition in the community and to provide an opportunity for companionship and practice for hunters and shooters alike. This year’s event is by far the largest yet and beings with a massive clay shooting course on the city’s nine hole municipal golf course consisting of an eight station sporting clay range, five stand sporting clay range, duck flurry and a youth trap shooting station.
    Aaron and Steve Gould, America’s hottest new exhibition shooting team, will put on a free exhibition shooting show for the people in attendance. The Gould brothers perform highly unique and entertaining live exhibition shooting shows for events across the country. The sporting clay ranges open at 10:30 a.m., with the Gould Brothers performing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.
    The following weekend, Madelia will host the 2013 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener with public events taking place on Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12.
     
    Madelia has been fortunate to have the help and support of the City Council, the Chamber of Commerce, Watonwan County Pheasants Forever and the Madelia Sportsmen’s Club, as well as countless other volunteers and organizations that have offered their assistance.
    With a population of just over 2,300, it will likely take all of these volunteers and more to pull off this year’s events.
     
    Madelia has been fortunate to have received support and sponsorships from over 30 companies including Polaris, Sound Gear, Beretta, Benelli, Winchester, Browning, CZ USA and Runnings.
     
    More information, event details and updates can be found at www.mnpheasant.com, or by calling City Hall at (507) 642-3245
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