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Drawing held for Ringneck Nation

Posted: Monday, Jan 14th, 2013

John Deniger of Prostrollo General Motors, second from right, draws out a band for the Huron Ringneck Nation Bird Bounty and Truck Giveaway Promotion. With him are, from left, Danny Hofer, Peggy Woolridge, Megan Benker, and far right, Gary Worth of Coca Cola. PHOTO BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN

HURON — Forty-four individuals had a chance at winning a 2013 Chevy Silverado during the Huron Ringneck Nation Bird Bounty and Truck Giveaway Promotion, which was held throughout the 2012 pheasant hunting season and sponsored by Prostrollo General Motors and Coca-Cola of Huron.

A total of 99 banded pheasants were released prior to the beginning of the hunting season in October. Anyone who harvested one of the banded birds received a $100 bounty and was eligible for the truck giveaway, which was held Friday at the Huron Chamber and Visitors Bureau.

“There was a lot of buzz about this promotion,” said Megan Benke­r of the Huron Chamber and Visitors Bureau. Visitation to the hunthuronsd.com website increased dramatically during the 2012 season, while hunting packet requests for the Huron area increased 27 percent and air traffic to Huron for the 2012 season was up 285 percent from the previous year.

During the hunting season, which ended on Jan. 6, a total of 43 of the banded birds were harvested in the Huron area. The final of the 100 bands for the truck drawing was awarded through a drawing, which required hunting enthusiasts to register at various locations around the city, online at hunthuronsd.com or during the 2012 Pheasant Fest, which was held in Kansas City.

There were a total of 582 registrations from 35 different states for the final band.

Curtis Harris of Andover, Kan., was the winner of the final band, making him one of the 44 individuals with a shot at winning the truck.

The band belonging to Mike Hunter of Huron was then selected as the one to be entered with the opportunity to match the pre-drawn number to win the truck. Hunter had band No. 92, unfortunately, the pre-selected number was 38.

Had band No. 38 been selected during Friday’s drawing, Liam Lunstrum of Nampa, Idaho, would have been the winner of the truck. The pheasant which had the winning band was harvested three miles west of Huron near 209th Avenue.

The banded birds had been released during a 200-mile trek, which stretched 15 miles in every direction from Huron.

For the complete article see the 01-12-2013 issue.

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