Winners of the Rooster Roundup were announced recently from the five counties that participated.
The Rooster Roundup ran from November 12, 2016 to until January 31, 2017 where 250 banded Pheasants were released in Finney County, near Garden City; in Ford County, near Dodge City; in Stevens County, near Hugoton; in Seward County, near Liberal and in Hodgeman County, near Jetmore.
If a hunter bagged a pheasant that had one of the bands on it they could submit that band for a chance to win prizes.
The Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that the Dodge City winner was Colby Weddle from Dodge City.
Weddle was awarded $500 in Dodge City Chamber Bucks.
"Each hunter who bagged a bird with a Rooster Roundup leg tag were to bring their tag to one of the approved locations to register the band and receive a Rooster Roundup Hat and a $10 Boot Hill Museum Gift Certificate," CVB director Jan Stevens said in a press release. "At the end of the contest, a drawing of all the registered bands was held in Sublette at the High Plains Broadcasting Television Station where each grand prize winner was chosen."
Other winners announced were Matthew Olson from Liberal and Garrett Jackman from Smithville, Missouri, who won the Finney County prize.
The communities also gave $500 prizes to their winners respectively.
"The mission of the five communities was to promote southwest Kansas hunting, and to create some excitement along the way," Stevens said.
There was no cost to enter, all licensed hunters, 21 years and older, were welcome to participate and collect prizes."