The Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced on Feb. 26, the conclusion of the 2020-2021 Bounty Bird and Rooster Roundup Pheasant Hunting Contests with a record-breaking return of bird bands.
The CVB ran two separate hunting contests simultaneously in Ford County during the recent pheasant season which concluded on Jan. 31.
Out of the 150 banded birds released for the 2020-2021 season, 39 Bounty Bird and 23 Rooster Roundup contest birds were registered.
Combined from the two contests, registered bands represented hunters from ten states and seventeen cities, with the furthest hunter traveling about 1,035 miles.
On Feb. 5, the Dodge City CVB drew a winner for the Rooster Roundup contest on a Facebook video broadcast on the CVB Facebook page and shared it onto the Wild West Country Facebook Page.
The winner of the Dodge City / Ford County 2020-2021 Rooster Roundup Contest is Douglas Cofer of Cimarron Kansas. Douglas received $500 in Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber Bucks.
Prize distribution for the Bounty Bird Contest occurred in February.
No cost was required to enter either contest and all licensed hunters were welcome to participate and collect prizes.
The Bounty Bird Contest took place in Ford County only, with prizes valued from $14 to $200.
The Rooster Roundup contest took place in seven Southwest Kansas counties including, Ford, Finney, Gray, Hodgeman, Hugoton, Morton, and Seward and each county awarded a grand prize worth $500 to their drawn winner.
By registering their bands at the Dodge City Visitor Information Center, hunters received a Rooster Roundup hat and either a $20 “Free Play Chip” from Boot Hill Casino & Resort or, depending upon the registered hunter’s age, another prize.
“The Dodge City CVB appreciates the Mariah Fund for their continued support of Wild West Country and the Rooster Roundup contest,” said the CVB in a press release. “We would also like to thank all of our local sponsors for the incredible prizes donated, as well as the community that strives to make Ford County and Southwest Kansas the place to hunt.”
For a complete list of rules and additional information, visit www.visitdodgecity.org or contact the Dodge City Convention & Visitors Bureau at 620-225-8186.