Northfield, MN  (KROC AM News) - It was a first on Saturday for Minnesota hunters.

Minnesota’s governors have traditionally observed a Fishing Opener, a Deer Opener and more recently, a Pheasant Opener.  

On Saturday, Gov. Tim Walz took part in the state’s first ever Turkey Opener. Walz led a party of gobbler hunters who set out well before sunrise in the Northfield area. Like many of the state’s estimated 50,000 turkey hunters, Walz came home empty-handed and it’s not known if he plans another outing.

Minnesota’s turkey hunting season runs through May 31.

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