Pheasant Hunting / Wounded Warriors Guide Service

The 7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t include some pheasant hunting. Not a hunter or gun owner myself, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by experts and enthusiasts alike. I had never been hunting before, but grew up around the practice.

Luckily, over the course of the weekend, I had the honor of spending a great deal of time with the Wounded Warriors Guide Service, who were gracious enough to let me follow. They are a unique, Minnesota-based organization that provides outdoor recreational activities for disabled veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Founded by veterans, for veterans, to honor their sacrifices and service, WWGS began in Bemidji, MN and since then have expanded to Grand Forks, and Mankato.

When I first met WWGS, I immediately found kinship. Welcoming and wholehearted, they let me join in on their comradery, game pursuit and process. Taking part gave me a deep appreciation for the practice and those that lawfully participate in it. It was also an incredible way to stand alongside and take in the beauty of some of the most orphic places in southern Minnesota.

Read more about the Wounded Warriors Guide Service here.

Read more about the 7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener here. 

Shooters Sporting Clay

During the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, I was able to attend the SMSU High School Trap Shoot Challenge at Shooters Sporting Clay. After, we were able to traverse the course. Shooters Sporting Clays, Inc. is a family-friendly, year-round gun range in Redwood County, Minnesota. They have a heated, indoor 5-stand facility is designed for the colder weather of Minnesota, with a clubhouse where shooters can kick back and relax. Shooting is often associated with protection or hunting, but it has also long been a stress-relieving, recreational activity.

Whether you are a marksman or a novice, you can take part in the experience. The sport is designed to simulate live quarry shooting, where the fluorescent orange clay targets are projected airborne and on the ground (rolling), which you can see in some of the pictures.

I spent my time tagging along with the Wounded Warriors Guide Service. They were nice enough to let me follow them around with a camera while they tried their hands at taking down the argil discs. Established in 2009, WWGS provides outdoor recreational activities for disabled veterans of the United States Armed Forces. They also offer year-round adventures that include fishing , large and small game hunting, long range shooting, backpacking/camping, and others. As you can see, we all had a blast!

Read more about the Wounded Warriors Guide Service here. Read more about the 7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener here.

#onlyinMarshall #mngpho2017 #huntmn

7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

I was lucky enough to attend the 7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener (GPHO) in Marshall, Minnesota. Ahem, not to be confused with Marshall County. Over the next two weeks I will be telling you all about my trip and what makes Marshall such an incredible place to visit. I’ll be highlighting a few of my favorite stops including Camden State Park, Shooter’s Sporting Clays, local food, a historical Society and Museum, local organizations, a sprinkle of politics and even a coffee shop along the way!

Let’s talk a little about Marshall. It’s a regional center in southwest Minnesota about 93 miles north east of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and about 148 miles south west of Minneapolis. Made mostly of rural and agricultural areas, it is the beginning of the Redwood River floodplain. It is home to the Schwan Food Company, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Southwest Minnesota State University and is also the site of Exelon Wind’s Marshall Wind Project. It was chosen as this years Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener (MNGPHO), an event that was established in 2011 by Gov. Mark Dayton. The MNGPHO focuses on Minnesota’s hunting heritage, cultural traditions and the economic impact of the sport. The weekend included water quality testing on the Redwood River, touring of Action Manufacturing and even the dedication of the James Meger Memorial WMA, Minnesota’s newest Wildlife Management Area.


Follow along as I show you some of my favorite things found #onlyinMarshall.

Late Nights Minneapolis 

Is being front-and-center at a live, late night comedy show on your bucket list? Great! I have just the thing! Late Nights Minneapolis is the city’s only fully-staged late-night style talk show and comedy experience. If that sounds like an extremely specific description, it is, because the show is the only one of it’s kind. Hosted by Joe Rapp of Bearded Men Improv and co-hosted by John Gebretatose of BLACKOUT, Late Nights features a group of improvisers, sketch comedy writers, stand-up comedians, and actors with a love for Minneapolis and a dying need to be the funniest person in the room. They come together to create the smartest, silliest comedy in Minneapolis! Sketch comedy, biting satire, and amazing guest segments – it is the best late-night show that’s not on TV. Back for their third season, you can check out Late Nights Minneapolis on the third Sunday of every month at the Phoenix Theater.

Busy on October 15th? If not, come see Late Nights one night only all sketch show; The Halloween All Sketch Spookathon! In honor of the spookiest month all year, you can even wear a costume! You can get tickets online or snag them at the door.