Ringneck Festival & Bird Dog Challenge

2020 Ringneck Festival & Bird Dog Challenge

November 5-7, 2020 will mark the 23rd year of the Huron Ringneck Festival competition and the 18th year for the Bird Dog Challenge. Thirty teams with participants from over 20 states compete in the event. Complete an application today so you don't miss out on this annual weekend event! Photos and Video from the 2019 Ringneck Festival can be found on the  Huron Ringneck Festival and Bird Dog Challenge Facebook page.

RingNeck Festival

You will find more information below on the Ringneck Festival & Bird Dog Challenge along with rules and applications that you can download. Only 30 teams will be accepted for the competition hunt and 40 for the Bird Dog Challenge so be sure to get your application in by the August 30, 2020 deadline.


Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau
(605) 352-0000


Ringneck Festival Competitive Hunt

The Ringneck Festival competitive hunt consists of six-member teams, attempting to bring back 18 pheasants. Each member is allowed four shells. Limiting the number of shells helps ensure that hunters will take clean shots, reducing the number of injured birds.

The entry fee is $1,800 per team ($300 per hunter) which includes meals, hunts, entertainment and prizes. The winning team members and hosting landowner each receive a shotgun.

2020 Ringneck Festival Rules and Application 
      Please print and keep for your reference.

Make a Payment
      Pay your entry fee(s) securely.

Bird Dog Challenge

The Huron Ringneck Festival Bird Dog Challenge is an exhibition that tests the skills of dogs and hunters. The event is scheduled for November 5 & 6, 2020 - 019 kicking off the Ringneck Festival weekend.

Each competition allows for two hunters and one dog to take the field. Each hunter is limited to five shells and has 20 minutes to harvest birds.

Points are awarded to each team based on birds harvested, full retrieves, partial retrieves and normal retrieves, shots not taken, and every second remaining on the clock. A minimum of 40 teams are allowed to participate in the event, with a registration fee of $175 per team. Cash prizes are awarded to first through fifth place teams.

2020 Bird Dog Challenge Rules and Application 
      Please print and keep for your reference.

Make a Payment
      Pay your entry fee(s) securely.

RLB's Ringneck Festival Hall of Fame

The RLB’s Ringneck Festival Hall of Fame was established in 2009 to honor participants for years spent in the festival and showing extraordinary enthusiasm during and outside of the event.

This honorary award was set up to recognize participants of the festival who have given tremendously through event history whether it is financially, spiritually, or any other worthy form. Nominee’s characteristics show a tremendous passion for the Ringneck Festival, hunting, and outdoors in general. Nominees exhibit support of the event, from participating, recruiting and genuinely enjoying the event overall. The Ringneck Festival Hall of Fame will carry on the spirit of this event for years to come with each individual being recognized for their assistance in making the Ringneck Festival what it is today and what it will be for years to come. Click below for nomination form.

RLB's Ringneck Festival Hall of Fame Nomination Form [DOC]

Past Inductees Include:

2009-Roger Bultman of Jackson, MN, - Team Member/Supporter

2009-Dr. E.W. Carr of Miller, SD - Landowner

2009-Rich Langbehn of Wolsey, SD. - Landowner

2009-Jack Link of Minong, WI - Team Member/Sponsor

2010-Questionable Characters – Team

2010-Bob Strassman-Team Member

2011-Tom "TG" Westphal-Scorekeeper

2012-Danny Hofer - Landowner

2012-Kent Shelton - Committee Chair/Team Member/Sponsor/Supporter

2013-Tim Kasinger - Team Member/Sponosor/Supporter

2014-Steve Besch - Committee Member

2014-Pinnacle Ground Pounders - Team

2015-Team Cuttem' - Team

2015-Peggy Besch - Committee Member/Past CVB CEO & Director

2016 - Hawkeye Hunters - Team

2016 - Joel Horn - Scorekeeper

2017 - DJ, Chisum, & Payton Hofer of Yale, SD - Landowners

2017 - Greg & Bobbie Ward of Iroquious, SD - Landowner

2017 - John Farrell of Sanborn, IA - Scorekeeper

2018 - JJ & Kelly Burke of Carpenter. SD - Landowner

2018 - Ben Meyer of Huron, SD - Volunteer/Auctioneer

2019 - Prostrollo Motor Sales - Sponsor/Supporter

2019 - Ernest Baruth & Sons - Landowner

2019 Ringneck & Bird Dog Results

2019 Ringneck Hunt Results (Printable PDF)
      Please print and keep for your reference.

2019 Bird Dog Hunt Results (Printable PDF)
      Please print and keep for your reference. 



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