pheasants Mankato will host the 2015 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener October 9 and 10.  The 2015 Governor Pheasant Opener will mark the fifth annual Governor’s Pheasant Opener, initiated by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2011. With 9,100 acres of public hunting land within 20 miles of Mankato, the event will highlight that land in addition to its other outdoor recreational activities, including fishing, biking and kayaking. The banquet is open to the public and will be held the evening of Friday, October 9. The pheasant hunt will be the following morning, Saturday, October 10 on public hunting land.