The Annual MN Deer Opener: A Tradition

The Annual MN Deer Opener: A Tradition Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - Nearly half a million hunters are expected to participate in the annual deer hunting firearm season, a tradition that resonates deeply with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.

"The hunt matters and the stories of the big buck that you got or that got away, those are one thing, but this is very much tradition... It's about understanding what these true values are and the chance to get out and enjoy what is truly a blessing: our natural resources and the ability to know that folks are protecting them," said Walz.

According to Walz, Minnesota has a hunting rate and an outdoor activity rate that is twice the national average.

For the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner, Sarah Strommen, the deer opener is a tradition that has been passed down for generations.

"For some of us, that's a tradition that has transcended generations and is very old, and for some people, that tradition is new, but the point is it's really rooted in tradition, and that comradery is a really important part of that tradition," said Strommen.

Saturday's opener offers a chance to highlight the importance of the deer opener tradition, and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends.

"It's not only the folks in your deer camp, but you realize... you're part of something bigger. You're part of all of these separate deer camps coming together on a single morning and being in Minnesota's great outdoors."

The firearm deer hunting season begins Saturday, November 9th, half an hour before sunrise.