Hunt the West

HuntTheWest

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 RoundupPheasantBands

  • 500+ banded birds released in eight 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), Ness County (Ness City), Morton County (Elkhart).
  • 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.

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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 2022-2023 WIHA for the most current Walk-In Hunting Access.

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Become a Hunt the West Rewards Program MemberRewardCard

Hunt 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 completing the form at www.visitdodgecity.org/jointhehunt.

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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.

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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

  • Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
    1001 W. McArtor Road
    620-227-8609
  • Helen's Gifts, Outdoor, and Pawn
    706 3rd Ave.
    620-227-8009
  • Walmart
    1905 N. 14th Ave
    620-225-3917