Public invited to Oct. 11 land dedication; Part of ninth annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Published 9:02 am Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The public is invited to attend the dedication of what is destined to become Mower County’s newest public hunting land at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, as part of the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.

The ceremony, which was originally scheduled to take place on-site, will now be held at Torge’s Live at The Austin Holiday Inn instead due to muddy conditions at the site and expected inclement weather.

The dedication ceremony will include comments from Gov. Tim Walz, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sarah Strommen, and Explore Minnesota Director John Edman, among other local leaders.

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The new tract was made possible by Pheasants Forever, the Austin Area Foundation and the Outdoor Heritage Council fund.

“We’re excited and honored that we could help with this project,” said Austin Area Foundation Executive Director Jeff Baldus. “We hope the public will enjoy this parcel for generations to come.”

The future wildlife management area features approximately 140 acres of drained and partially drained wetlands as well as wet meadow and shrub swamp along Murphy Creek. Restoration work will begin next year. It will become part of a larger complex of nearby public lands that includes wildlife management areas and waterfowl production areas.

The Worlein family of Austin donated the land. The parcel is located northwest of Austin.

“The benefit of this land goes beyond wildlife habitat,” Baldus said. “This new land improves water storage capacity, water quality and groundwater recharge in Mower County. We’re very grateful for the Worlein Family and their generosity to help make this happen.”

The dedication is part of the 2019 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Walz will lead the weekend festivities, which feature many hunting, recreational and travel opportunities the Austin area has to offer visitors. More information and updates on the event can be found at

Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are assisting Discover Austin in planning the event.