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)