Dodge City and Ford County offers outdoor enthusiasts a variety of hunting opportunities including pheasant, quail, deer, turkey, and more.

With welcoming guides, accommodating lodging hosts, and acres of public land, Ford County is a hunter's haven.

The 2018-2019 pheasant hunting season in Ford County boasts an additional incentive to hunters as the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau once again hosts their two annual pheasant contests.

"Bounty Bird" and "Rooster Roundup" contests will release 150 banded pheasants near the Ford County walk-in hunting areas adjacent to Dodge City.

One-hundred gold numbered leg banded birds will be released for the "Bounty Bird" and 50 red numbered leg banded birds will be released for the "Rooster Roundup."

If you are lucky enough to bag one of the Ford County leg banded pheasants, hunters will need to return the leg band to the Dodge City Visitors Center to receive a gift and officially register the band for the appropriate contest.

If you bag a "Rooster Roundup" bird banded for another participating county, those bands can also be returned to Dodge City Visitors Center for a gift and the band will be returned to the appropriate county for the "Rooster Roundup" contest drawing.

"Bounty Bird" gold numbered leg bands will each correlate with an associated community prize.

"Rooster Roundup" red numbered leg bands will be entered into a grand prize drawing at the end of pheasant season.

All winners will be revealed after the conclusion of pheasant hunting season (Jan. 31, 2019).

Winners of the prizes will be contacted by telephone and prizes may be picked up at the Dodge City Visitors Center or will be mailed to the winner.

As always, this is a great opportunity for hunters as there are more chances to win prizes when you hunt in Ford County.

The "Bounty Bird" and "Rooster Roundup" pheasant contests runs the duration of pheasant season, Nov. 10, to January 31, 2019.

Rules

All state and federal firearm regulations apply; No cost to enter; Contest entries are accepted from Nov. 10, until January 31, 2019; All licensed hunters are welcome to participate, must be 21 or older to collect certain gifts/prizes; Each leg band entry must be turned into or mailed to Dodge City Visitors Center with the following information: Hunters contact information (name, address, telephone number, and email address); Copy of valid hunting license.

Mail or drop off leg bands to: Dodge City Visitors Center, 400 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. Dodge City, KS 67801.

For a complete list of rules for the contests, visit www.visitdodgecity.org or contact the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau at 620-225-8186.

More Information: "Bounty Bird" will total 100, will be gold band numbered tags, and the number on the tag will correspond with a specific community prize.

"Rooster Roundup" birds will total 50, will be red band numbered tags, and the grand prize is a $500 Chamber Bucks certificate.

If a "Bounty Bird" band is not returned, the prize will not be given.

"Bounty Bird" and "Rooster Roundup" band winners will both receive a gift that consists of a hat and a $20 free play chips from the Boot Hill Casino and Resort.

One Boot Hill Casino and Resort voucher will be given per person, if more than one band is turned in from a hunter then a substitute prize will be given for the additional bands registered.

The contest will run the duration of the 2018-2019 pheasant season.

If requested, registered leg bands can be returned to the registered contestant upon completion of the contest and prize drawings.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me at 620-225-8218 or via email jans@dodgecity.org.