Only the Toughest Need Apply for Free-Range Bison Hunts in Alberta


Published: May - 2013

Alberta bison hunting offers challenging wilderness hunts for totally free-range trophy bison in their natural habitat. The hunting takes place around Wood Buffalo National Park, the largest national park in North America at 44,807 square kilometers (17,300 square miles) - an area larger than Switzerland. The park straddles the border of Northern Alberta and Northwest Territories. It was established in 1922 to provide sanctuary for wood bison and now boasts the largest (estimated at more than 5,000 animals) free-ranging herd of wood bison in the world. Wood bison lived there before man set foot in these forests, and the great beasts were never displaced or extirpated as they were elsewhere.

Despite this, bison coming out of the Wood Buffalo National Park are not recognized as game animals in Alberta and are classified as non-wildlife under the Alberta Wildlife Act. That's because the wandering animals are considered to be hybrids of plains and wood bison. Plains bison were introduced to the area over 70 years ago, when officials feared all bison could become extinct. Later, pure strains of wood bison were found in remote corners of the park and concerns arose that the imported bison could spread disease to the native herds. As a result, a special bison hunting zone was established in Alberta where they can be hunted all year. A hunting license is required, but there is no bag limit. A bison hunt here can be booked at any time or can be set up as a combo, adding wolf, bear or moose depending on the location and timing.

While Alberta's bison are significantly bigger than most plains bison, weight varies. Bison taken here have tipped the scales at up to 3,000 pounds, but the majority of big bulls weigh up to a ton. These bison are importable into the US and are eligible for Boone and Crockett, Pope and Young and SCI record books.

A number of Alberta outfitters hunt the boundaries of Wood Buffalo National Park, but these aren't easy hunts and only a select few have a track record of long-term........(continued)

 
Subscribe to The Hunting Report
The Publication for International Hunters







   Read an Issue Free


Facilitators: Andrew Lake Lodge; Blue Sky Outfitters;

  


Want to read the rest of this article?
Subscribe Now To The Hunting Report with E-mail Extra
Subscribe to The Hunting Report with E-mail Extra.
(Get immediate online access to this and 8,041 similar articles.)

Questions or Need Help Related to The Hunting Report Newsletter.
Call us at 800-272-5656 or 305-253-5301
Search:




The Hunting Report
Subscribe To The Hunting Report
Read an issue of The Hunting Report Newsletter online right now!
Read an issue of The Hunting Report Newsletter online right now!
Get the latest issue of The Hunting Report Newsletter by mail.




Hunting Reports & Articles




Hunting Reports & Articles




Hunting Reports & Articles




Hunting Reports & Articles
Hunting Experiences
From Fellow Hunters
Alligator Hunting (22)
Antelope Hunting (355)
   Blackbuck Antelope

   Klipspringer Antelope
   Pronghorn Antelope
Argali Hunting (77)
Banteng Hunting (32)
Bear Hunting (704)
   Black Bear
   Brown Bear
   Grizzly Bear
   Polar Bear
Bison Hunting (20)
Blesbok Hunting (315)
Bobcat Hunting (29)
Bongo Hunting (61)
Bontebok Hunting (38)
Buffalo Hunting (1004)
   Cape Buffalo
   Nile Buffalo
   Water Buffalo
Bushbuck Hunting (633)
   Chobe Bushbuck
   Harnessed Bushbuck
   Limpopo Bushbuck
   Masai Bushbuck
   Menelik Bushbuck
Bushpig Hunting (137)
Caracal Hunting (87)
Caribou Hunting (314)
   Central Canada Caribou
   Mountain Caribou
   Quebec-Labrador Caribou
Cat Hunting (86)
Chamois Hunting (203)
   Cantabrian Chamois
Cheetah Hunting (18)
Chevrotain Hunting (2)
Civet Hunting (33)
Coyote Hunting (19)
Crocodile Hunting (181)
Deer Hunting (1302)
   Brocket Deer
   Columbia Blacktail Deer
   Coues Whitetail Deer
   Desert Mule Deer
   Fallow Deer
   Hog Deer
   Mule Deer
   Pere David Deer
   Red Deer
   Roe Deer
   Rusa Deer
   Sambar Deer
   Sika Deer
   Sitka Blacktail Deer
   Water Deer
   Whitetail Deer
Dik-Dik Hunting (65)
Donkey Hunting (4)
Duiker Hunting (453)
   Blue Duiker
   Bush Duiker
   Common Duiker
   Red-Flanked Duiker
Eland Hunting (611)
   Cape Eland
   Giant Eland
Elephant Hunting (374)
Elk Hunting (285)
   Asian Elk
   Rocky Mountain Elk
   Roosevelt Elk
   Tule Elk
Gazelle Hunting (142)
   Goitered Gazelle
   Grant Gazelle
   Soemmerring Gazelle
   Thomson Gazelle
   Tibetan Gazelle
Gemsbok/Oryx Hunting (503)
Gerenuk Hunting (57)
Giraffe Hunting (94)
Goat Hunting (147)
   Feral Goat
   Mountain Goat
Grysbok Hunting (97)
Hartebeest Hunting (207)
   Red Hartebeest
Hippopotamus Hunting (212)
Hyena Hunting (162)
Ibex Hunting (263)
   Beceite Spanish Ibex
   Gredos Ibex
Impala Hunting (750)
Jaguar Hunting (2)
Javelina Hunting (39)
Kob Hunting (68)
Korrigum Hunting (6)
Kudu Hunting (1006)
   Greater Kudu
   Lesser Kudu
Lechwe Hunting (135)
   Red Lechwe
Leopard Hunting (541)
Lion Hunting (472)
   Mountain Lion
Lynx Hunting (34)
Markhor Hunting (9)
Moose Hunting (254)
   Mountain Moose
   Shiras Moose
Mouflon Hunting (104)
Muntjac Hunting (16)
Musk Ox Hunting (54)
Nilgai Hunting (16)
Nyala Hunting (303)
   Mountain Nyala
Oribi Hunting (106)
Ox Hunting (60)
Peccary Hunting (29)
Prarie Dog Hunting (5)
Puku Hunting (95)
Reedbuck Hunting (355)
   Mountain Reedbuck
Reindeer Hunting (6)
Rhebok Hunting (72)
Rhinoceros Hunting (84)
Roan Hunting (187)
Sable Hunting (369)
Sheep Hunting (669)
   Aoudad Sheep
   Barbary Sheep
   Bighorn Sheep
   Blue Sheep
   California Big Horn Sheep
   Corsican Sheep
   Dall Sheep
   Desert Bighorn Sheep
   Feral Sheep
   Four-Horned Sheep
   Kerman Sheep
   Mouflon Sheep
   Red Sheep
   Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
   Soay Sheep
   Stone Sheep
Sitatunga Hunting (112)
Springbok Hunting (406)
Steenbok Hunting (220)
Suni Hunting (39)
Tahr Hunting (149)
   Himalayan Tahr
Takin Hunting (1)
Tiang Hunting (11)
Topi Hunting (38)
Tsessebe Hunting (94)
Tur Hunting (7)
Urial Hunting (18)
Varmint Hunting (71)
Warthog Hunting (696)
Waterbuck Hunting (471)
Wildebeest Hunting (665)
   Black Wildebeest
   Blue Wildebeest
Wolf Hunting (231)
Wolverine Hunting (45)
Yak Hunting (3)
Zebra Hunting (725)
   Burchell's Zebra