Pheasant season ended in January and concluded the Rooster Roundup and Bounty Bird contests from the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Recently the CVB, announced the winners of the contests that saw 24 Bounty Birds and 14 Rooster Roundup birds claimed.

The Rooster Roundup contest was held in Ford, Seward, Finney, Grant, Hodgeman and Stevens Counties with a chance at winning $500 local "Chamber Bucks" as the grand prize for each county.

The Bounty Bird contest took place in Ford County only.

The Bounty Bird winners were: Alexander Stewart from Pittsburg, won a Guymon Petro gift certificate and a Boot Hill Distillery gift certificate by getting two tagged birds; Brady Shulte from Wright, won Depot Theater Company tickets, a CVB FUN items package, and a golf package from Mariah Hills Golf Course by getting three tagged birds; Brian Bessen from Dodge City, won a Golf Package from Mariah Hills Golf Course; Brian Keck from Dodge City, won a Boot Hill Casino and Resort gift card; Cory Bowman from Marlow, Oklahoma, won a Dodge City Brewing gift card; David Donahoe from Garden City, won two Long Branch Lagoon Water Park day passes; Jay Coles from Ensign, won a Boot Hill Distillery gift card; John Armstrong from Dodge City, won two Long Branch Lagoon Water Park day passes; Josh Steelman from Howe, Oklahoma, won a night's stay at the Comfort Suites hotel; Justin Schulte from Spearville, won two Long Branch Lagoon Water Park day passes; Landon VanNahmen from Saint George, won a Boot Hill Casino and Resort gift card; Martin Brown from Booneville, Arkansas, won a golf package a Mariah Hills Golf Course; Matt Hertel from Spearville, won a Roundup Rodeo package, a golf Package from Mariah Hills Golf Course, and two Long Branch Lagoon Water Park day passes by getting three tagged birds; Michael Decker from Dodge City, won two Long Branch Lagoon Water Park day passes; Paul Meininger from Dodge City, won a golf package from Mariah Hills Golf Course; Richard Keithley from Tecumseh, won a golf package from Mariah Hills Golf Course and Steven Manchester from Fredericksburg, Virginia, won a CVB FUN item package.

The prizes available more than $4,000 with $800 worth of prizes that were awarded.

Matt Turley of Baxter Springs, was named the Rooster Roundup winner, claiming $500 in Chamber Bucks for Dodge City.

According to CVB director Jan Stevens, there was no cost to enter the contests, all licensed hunters, 21 and older, were welcome to participate and collect prizes.

"A special thanks to all of our local sponsors for the amazing prizes they donated," Stevens said, "and thank you to everyone who makes Ford County one of the most popular places to hunt.

"The mission of the contest was to promote the great hunting land Ford County has, and it did just that."

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