Hunt the West


Dodge City (Ford County) offers a variety of hunting opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts including pheasant, quail, deer, turkey, and more. Plan your hunt today and come experience our world-class hunting and Old West hospitality.

Hunting Contests

Rooster Roundup

  • 2018/2019 Pheasant Hunting Contest Bands400 banded birds are released in seven participating counties in southwest Kansas: Ford County (Dodge City), Finney County (Garden City), Gray County (Cimarron), Hodgeman County (Jetmore), Seward County (Liberal), Stevens County (Hugoton), and Ness County (Ness City).
  • 50 banded birds (red bands) will be released in Walk In Hunting Areas (WIHA) throughout Ford County.
  • Bands must be returned to the Dodge City Visitor Information Center (400 W. Wyatt Earp). Band holders will receive a prize for registering bands and be entered into a drawing for the grand prize of $500 (Chamber Bucks) at the end of the season.

Bounty Bird

  • 100 banded birds (gold bands) will be released exclusively in Ford County.
  • Bands must be returned to the Dodge City Visitor Information Center (400 W. Wyatt Earp). Each band correlates with a community prize valued over $25 distributed at the end of the season.

Find a full list of rules and sponsors at Pheasant Hunting Contests or contact the Dodge City Convention & Visitors Bureau at (620) 225-8186.

Register your band online at: Bounty Bird/ Rooster Roundup Register.


Walk-in Hunting

ArcGis ExplorerThe walk-in hunting access (WIHA) program in Kansas kicked off in 1995 in an effort to enhance the hunting experience in our state by providing hunting access to private property. The program has grown to one of the most successful access programs in the country. By 2004, over 1 million acres were enrolled in the program providing countless opportunities for sportsmen to pursue their favorite game at no additional charge. Although the majority of the acreage provides good to excellent upland game bird hunting, some areas provide opportunities for deer, waterfowl, and squirrel hunting as well.

For more information, contact the Kansas Wildlife, and Parks office in Dodge City at (620) 227-8609.

ArcGIS App IconDownload the ArcGIS Explorer App, available on iOS and Android, and search for KDWP 2023-2024 WIHA for the most current Walk-In Hunting Access.


Become a Hunt the West Rewards Program Member

RewardsCardsHunt the West rewards members receive special discounts at a variety of restaurants and businesses in the Dodge City area. Members also benefit from express entry for either the Bounty Bird or Rooster Roundup pheasant hunting contests. Membership is FREE for all hunters with a current Kansas hunting license. Become a member today by completing the form at

Hunt the West Rewards Partners


After the Hunt

Relax after the hunt with an evening of cocktails or a night of gambling and excitement. Boot Hill Casino and Resort features hundreds of slot machines, 18 table games, a full service bar, and the Firesides restaurant. 

Experience a hand-crafted beer brewed in Dodge City and satisfy your hunger with brick-oven pizza on hand-stretched dough at the Dodge City Brewing.

Enjoy a handmade cocktail, featuring soil-to-sip spirits in the Boot Hill Distillery tasting room.

Tour the world famous Boot Hill Museum and much more.


Other Hunting Events

Enjoy many of the wonderful events that occur in the area!

  • Friday - November 10th from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shells 'N Tails Chili Feed hosted by Helen's and Red Beard (

Enjoy an evening of Food & Fun before you hit the fields the next day. There will be gun raffles throughout the event and you must be present to win. Tickets can be purchased at Helen’s - Gift’s, Outdoors & Pawn. Starting October 20th; $20 per raffle ticket or 6 for $100. Pre-purchased raffle tickets will get you into the chili feed for free. $5 entry fee if you did not pre-purchase a raffle ticket. All proceeds from the “Jackpot Shotgun Raffle” go towards the Kansas Soldiers Home. 

  • Saturday - November 11th from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (or while supplies last)

Open Season Camo Hat hosted by Boot Hill Casino & Resort

Earn 25 Tier Point in one day and swipe your card starting at 5:00 PM at any promotion kiosk to claim your gift receipt.


Safety Requirements

The state of Kansas requires each hunter to participate in and pass a hunter safety certification class if you were born on or after July 1, 1957. For course and license information, season openings, and other information please call the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks at (620) 227-8609 or visit their website

To report wildlife crime contact the Ford County Natural Resource Officer at 620-225-1087

Dodge City License Agencies

Gun & Ammo Dealers

  • Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
    1001 W. McArtor Road
  • Helen's Gifts, Outdoor, and Pawn
    706 3rd Ave.
  • Big R
    2101 N. 14th Ave.
  • Walmart
    1905 N. 14th Ave
  • Helen's Gifts, Outdoor, and Pawn
    706 3rd Ave.
  • Big R
    2101 N. 14th Ave.
  • Walmart
    1905 N. 14th Ave

Hunting Guides

  • Aaron Ferguson Kennels, LLC
    620-227-9907 | 620-408-5754
  • Cecil's Trails End
  • Gunsmoke Hunting
  • Topflight Gamebirds
  • Upland Inn Hunts
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