FERGUS FALLS -- Several residents from throughout Otter Tail County, including county board of commissioners chairman Doug Huebsch of Perham, came to Fergus Falls on Friday, Nov. 8, to help kick off the 2019 Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener.

This marked the 17th annual governor’s deer opener and the first one for new Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. The governor planned to hunt Saturday morning, Nov. 9, in the woods of Otter Tail County, near Fergus Falls.

Nearly 500,000 hunters were expected to participate in the Minnesota 2019 gun deer hunting opener.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz spoke at Big Buck Brunch at the Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls on Friday, Nov. 8, as part of the 2019 Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener. (Photo by Tom Hintgen / Otter Tail County Correspondent)
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz spoke at Big Buck Brunch at the Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls on Friday, Nov. 8, as part of the 2019 Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener. (Photo by Tom Hintgen / Otter Tail County Correspondent)

“The annual deer season here in Otter Tail County and throughout Minnesota is truly a special time which brings friends and families together,” said Walz to a packed audience inside the Bigwood Center during the Big Buck Brunch. “People share a long-held tradition with the deer hunting season each year.”

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Deer hunting is a big boost to economic development in Minnesota, totaling close to $725 million annually. Deer hunting helps support close to 3,760 jobs.