Ringneck Festival and Bird Dog Challenge

PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN In the first photo are Bird Dog Challenge winners from Carpenter and Cheyenne Wyo., Dan Cathcart and Ernest Vigil, who hunted with their dog, Sonny. Their total points were 2,763. In the second photo, the Hawkey Hunters from Iowa were the first-place winners in the 2019 Ringneck Festival, hunting on land owned by Reg and John Derksen. Each team member and landowner received a Benelli Montefeltro shotgun. Below, are Bird Dog Challenge winners from Carpenter and Cheyenne Wyo., Dan Cathcart and Ernest Vigil, who hunted with their dog, Sonny. Their total points were 2,763.

HURON — Hunters bagged a bounty of pheasants during the annual Ringneck Festival held Saturday and Bird Dog Challenge on Thursday and Friday.
Taking home top prize in the Ringneck Festival were the Hawkeye Hunters from Iowa, who hunted on land owned by Reg and John Derkson. Scorekeepers were Leah Gosch and Troy Nelson.
The first place prize was a Benelli Montefeltro gun given to each team member and landowner.
Second place went to the Six Shooters team with members from Arkansas and Oklahoma. They hunted on land owned by Greg and John Grunt, with scorekeepers Katie Ball and Gail Styer. Each team member and landowner received a Franchi Affinity 3 gun.
The  Razorbacks from Arkansas took third place, hunting on land owned by Lance Reilly, with scorekeepers Kim and Bob Rieger. Each team member received a $250 gift card to Runnings as their prize.
In the Bird Dog Challenge, first place went to Dan Cathcart from Carpenter, Wyo., and Ernest Vigil, Cheyenne, Wyo. With dog Sonny, they scared up 2,763 points.
Second place went to Ernest Vigil, Cheyenne, and Craig Steinbauch, Thorp, Wis. They earned 2,753 points with dog Shock.
Coming in third were Jared Finnegan and Dan Krugman, from O’Neill and Lynch, Neb., netting 2,745 points with dog Hooli.
Fourth place was Blaze Tomczak and Mike Hall from Huron, garnering 2,704 points with dog Penny.
Taking fifth place were Dan Krugman, O’Neil, Neb., and Kent Shelton, Huron, and dog Wilson, with 2,700 points.

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