A frightening image came to mind Saturday when Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced the Nisswa area will be the site of the first Governor's Deer Hunting Opener.
Distressed area hunters could just picture a noisy herd of newspaper and television photographers tromping through the woods trying to get a picture of the governor in his deer stand at sunrise. So much for solitude and serenity in the north woods.
Actually, news coverage of the governor's deer hunting exploits won't be like the fishing opener where media boats surround the gubernatorial boat hoping he'll at least get a bite. Coverage will be a little more subdued but there will likely be plenty of noise and good cheer at a community dinner and gathering that will be part of the November weekend.
As deer hunters know, half the fun of the opener is the good food and camaraderie which surround the event. The November deer hunting opener will focus the state media's spotlight on Brainerd lakes area hospitality and given the area's record of hosting successful fishing openers we're certain area residents will be up to the task.
There is a political risk in Pawlenty's putting his reputation as a hunter on the line. Remember all the grief Gov. Arne Carlson received when he was skunked year after year in the fishing opener? Deer hunting requires more than just marksmanship. It requires patience and the ability to remain quiet, two qualities not usually associated with politicians.
In Minnesota, deer hunting provides a big boost to tourism during a season when the summer tourism traffic has dissipated. Efforts to celebrate a fall weekend that's a longstanding family tradition for many Minnesotans should be commended and we're proud the first one will be in the Brainerd lakes area.
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