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Gov. Mark Dayton, center, purchased his small game license and pheasant stamp Friday at the state Department of Natural Resources office in St. Paul in preparation for the Minnesota Pheasant Opener. Datyon is headed to Montevideo Saturday for the first Annual Governor's Pheasant Opener.

Dayton purchases license, pheasant stamp in preparation for Governor's Pheasant Opener in Montevideo, Minn.

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Gov. Mark Dayton has purchased his small game license and pheasant stamp for the 2012 season today at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources headquarters in St. Paul.

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The governor is hosting the first-ever Governor's Pheasant Opener in Montevideo.

The day gets started with a breakfast at the Watson Hunting Camp, located near the Lac qui Parle refuge. Chuck Ellingson, of the Watson Hunting Camp, said he has been guiding hunters in the Lac qui Parle area since 1996. The camp offers a restaurant, lodging and guided hunting for pheasant, goose and other waterfowl, and archery deer. It hosts clients from California to New York, he said.

The governor is promoting hunting on public lands in the area. He will hunt on public lands while guided by Dave Trauba, manager of the 33,000-acre Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The governor will be sharing the spotlight with plenty of other elected officials as well. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn.; and legislators including House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, and State Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, are among those expected.

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