Where To Get an Old-Fashioned Trophy Bison Hunt


Published: February - 2013

"Bison hunting" conjures up visions of buckskin-clad hunters with a Sharps rifle stalking giant shaggy beasts on the open prairie. For many modern hunters, these symbols of the West are a hunt of a lifetime, whether it is a coveted draw hunt in the rugged and remote Henry Mountains of Utah or stalking a bison herd on Brown's Hunting Ranch where Dances with Wolves was filmed. A bison hunt can be as easy as driving in an air-conditioned pickup truck or it can be a bone chilling experience at 6,700 feet in December. Any way you go, bison make impressive mounts and provide mounds of excellent meat.

There are several options to make the dream come true in the lower 48. Draw hunts in Wyoming and Utah are the hottest hunts and are currently producing some of the biggest bulls in the Boone and Crockett book.

Wyoming: Teton County

Boone and Crockett records for the past 10 years show Wyoming's Teton County near Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole producing eight book bulls. This is the nation's largest free-ranging bison herd. Big bulls that live most of their lives in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks migrate out of the parks, giving hunters a chance to take a magnificent trophy. This is a draw hunt for bison in the Bridger-Teton National Forest and the National Elk Refuge. The purpose of the hunt is to reduce the bison herd numbers and push bison off the National Elk Refuge in late summer and fall to protect winter forage for elk. The hunts follow a start-and-stop format that had 11 different hunt periods this year. The pauses are designed to entice bison into moving off Grand Teton National Park, which does not allow hunting.

The application period for draw tags is January and February. The Type 1 license application is for bulls only and costs $11. Hunters are placed on a priority list through a random drawing. In 2012, 856 nonresidents applied for the drawing and 22 received bull tags.........(continued)

 
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