Mark Richards was able to hunt and retrieve this free range bison with help from Tag N’ Drag service.
By Mark Richards, Subscriber Correspondent
While reading "Important Permit Deadlines" in the February 2016 issue of The Hunting Report
, I saw the opportunity to apply for a wild bison hunt in Wyoming. I checked www.wgfd.wyo.gov and decided to apply for a cow tag. The odds were about one in nine for nonresidents, and I had nearly forgotten about it when the permit arrived in mid-May.
"This hunt takes place on the National Elk Refuge and some adjoining national forest lands. My inclination was to try a do-it-yourself adventure. It didn't take long to scrap that idea. Though DIY is possible, there are quite a few details that would make it difficult for a traveling hunter: complicated hunting boundaries, cow/bull identification, access and game recovery, weapons-restricted areas, unannounced closures, and so on.
"A quick online search found Ralph Greene's Tag 'N Drag (www.tagndrag.com
; 307-413-7226), which specializes in cow elk and bison hunting and game retrieval on the National Elk Refuge and surrounding areas. I booked for late December. They charge $1,600 for a three-day, 2x1 cow bison hunt. Exactly what this greenhorn needed! I stayed in Jackson at the Elk Country Inn, which is hunter friendly ($62 per night!) and within walking distance of all the shops and restaurants. Ralph even let me use his extra vehicle to get around town. Most hunters are from Wyoming or neighboring states and drive to Jackson....