Southwest Kansas hosts pheasant hunting contest

Eight southwest Kansas counties and communities in those counties have once again joined forces to offer a contest in which pheasant hunters can win prizes.

Ford, Finney, Stevens, Hodgeman, Seward, Grant, Gray and Morton counties and the communities of Dodge City, Garden City, Hugoton, Jetmore, Liberal, Ulysses, Cimarron and Elkhart Kansas have announced the fifth annual pheasant hunting contest.

During this year’s hunting season, 575 pheasants 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, in Seward County near Liberal, in Gray County near Cimarron, and in Morton County near Elkhart. If a hunter is lucky enough to bag one of the banded pheasants, he needs to bring the leg band to one of the approved locations to register and claim a prize.

Kansas consistently ranks as one of the top three when compared to other states’ annual harvest of pheasants. With 185,000 acres of walk in hunting land, that is open to hunters in southwest Kansas, this area will give hunters a shot at cash and seven grand prizes.

Once the hunter registers the leg band at an approved location, he will automatically receive a “Rooster Roundup” hat and a community gift worth at least $10.

At that time, the 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.

The “Rooster Roundup” Pheasant Contest runs from Nov. 10, 2018, to Jan. 31, 2019.

Drawing for the grand prize for “Rooster Roundup,” will take place after the end of the contest, Jan. 31, 2019, and winners will be contacted by telephone.

For a complete list of the rules for the contest, visit, or contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 620-225-8186 in Dodge City, or any of the participating communities.