Dodge City, Garden City, Hugoton, Jetmore and Liberal (Ford, Finney, Stevens, Hodgeman and Seward counties) have announced the second annual pheasant hunting contest.

During this year’s hunting season, 250 pheasants will be banded on the leg and released in Ford County, near Dodge City; in Finney County, near Garden City; in Stevens County, near Hugoton; in Hodgeman County, near Jetmore; and in Seward County, near Liberal. Those lucky enough to bag one of the banded pheasants should bring the leg band to one of the approved locations to register the leg band and claim a prize.

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

Once the leg band is registered, the person will automatically receive a Rooster Roundup Hat and a $10 community prize.

At that time, the leg band will be entered to win the grand prize of $500 in Community Gift Certificate “Bucks” from each community, to be used for purchases of the winner’s choice in each community.

The Rooster Roundup Pheasant Contest runs from Nov. 14 to Jan. 31, 2016.

Drawing for the grand prize will take place at the end of the contest. Winners will be contacted by phone. Prize winners will be announced at that time.

Prizes available

Rooster Roundup Hat per each registered leg band (total of 250 – 50 per community)$10 Community Gift Certificate “Bucks” per each registered leg band (total of 250 – 50 per community)$500 Community Gift Certificate “Bucks” (total of five – one per community)Rules and regulations:No cost to enter. All licensed hunters, 18 years of age and older, are welcome to participate and collect prizes.Entries accepted from Nov. 14 to Jan. 31.Each leg band entry must be turned in at one of the approved locations in Dodge City, Garden City, Hugoton, Jetmore or Liberal to be registered.A number is assigned to each leg band. The grand prize winner will be revealed the week following the contest end – Jan. 31.A valid hunting license should be presented when submitting the leg band entry.All state and federal firearms regulations apply.

Banded Pheasant entries must be claimed at the following locations:

Dodge City

Dodge City Visitors Center, 400 West Wyatt Earp, Dodge City, KS 67801; 620-225-8186; hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving and the following Friday and Christmas and New Year’s Day).

Garden City

Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1513 Fulton Terrace, Garden City, KS 67846; 620-276-0607; hours of operation: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving and the following Friday and Christmas and New Year’s Day).

Jetmore

HorseTheif Reservoir (HTR), 19005 SW Hwy 156, Jetmore, KS 67854; 620-253-8464; hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (see Tanner Greve or Heather Mihm). Or Hodgeman County Eco Devo Office (HCED), 500 Main – first floor, Jetmore, KS 67854; hours of operation: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call on weekends (620) 357-5561 (see Lea Ann Seiler).

Hugoton

Stevens County Economics Development/Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce Office, 630 S. Main, Hugoton, KS 67951; 620-544-4440; hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving and the following Friday, the day before Christmas, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).

Liberal

Liberal Tourist Information Center, 1 Yellow Brick Road, Liberal, KS 67901; 620-626-0170; hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving and the following Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).

Mailed entries will also be accepted (it is recommended to register the letter) please include:

The pheasant leg band, name, address, phone number, copy of valid hunting license, email address and location of the shoot.

Bands will be returned to the person who registered the entry at the end of the contest.

For more information concerning the Rooster Roundup Hunting Contest, contact Jan Stevens, the director of the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau at (620) 225-8186. Interested parties also can visit www.visitdodgecity.org.