Pheasant season is a little over a month away and with it will be the annual Rooster Roundup hunting contest.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau of Dodge City along with Finney, Stevens, Hodgeman, Seward and Grant counties will be participating in this year’s hunt that runs from Nov. 11 through Jan. 31, 2018.

The CVB also indicated there will be additional "Bounty Birds" in the Dodge City area.

"During this year’s hunting season, more than 300 pheasants (50 pheasants per county) will be banded on the leg and released in Ford County near Dodge City, in Finney County near Garden City, in Grant County near Ulysses, in Stevens County near Hugoton, in Hodgeman County near Jetmore and in Seward County near Liberal," CVB director Jan Stevens in a press release. "If you are lucky enough to bag one of the banded pheasants, bring your leg band to one of the approved locations to register your leg band and claim your prize."

With 185,000 acres of walk in hunting land, that is open to hunters in southwest Kansas, Kansas consistently ranks as one of the top three when compared to other states' annual harvest of pheasants, according to the CVB.

"Once you register the leg band at an approved location," said Stevens. "You will automatically receive a Rooster Roundup hat and a community gift worth at least $10.

"At that time, your leg band will also be entered into a drawing to win a grand prize of $500 in community gift certificate bucks (one per community) to be used for purchases of the winner’s choice."

For the Dodge City "Bounty Birds," Stevens said there will be an additional 100 banded pheasants that will be released in Ford County that will be released simultaneously with the Rooster Roundup. 

"If you are lucky enough to bag one of the Bounty Birds, hunters will need to bring the leg band to one of the approved locations to register the band and claim your prize," Stevens said. "Both contest winners, Rooster Roundup and Bounty Birds, will be determined by a drawing shortly after the end of the Rooster Roundup contest and winners will be contacted by phone.

"This is a great opportunity for hunters and there are more chances to win prizes."

Along with the hat and $10 community gift, the Boot Hill Casino and Resort will be giving a $20 free play as one of the prizes.

Leg bands can be taken to the Dodge City Visitors Center, 400 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd., to be registered for the grand prize.

To see a list of the other county registration locations, visit the CVB website at www.visitdodgecity.org along with the list of rules.

You can also call the CVB for further questions at 620-225-8186.

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