Just returned from my successful Delta Bison Hunt and figured that I'd share a few tips and lessons learned.
1. If you haven't called all the land owners on the list that ADFG sent to you, you're already behind the power curve! Call all the farmers before you even get to Delta. Look their numbers up on the internet if they are not listed on the sheet. If you PM me, I'll be happy to share which land owners were particularly helpful, one who is terminally ill and who you probably shouldn't bother, and any who are no longer land owners.
2. Attend one of the pre-hunt orientations at the Delta ADFG Office. Yes, I know that you can do the orientation online but you are missing out if you fail to attend in person as well. Why? For starters, the land owner list that you recieved in the mail is not the most up-to-date list. Ask for the latest one as well as any information that you can get from ADFG personnel on the land owners. Even though I specifically asked for the most current list, ADFG is constantly updating it with new information recieved from property owners and hunters and I found the list not quite up to date. At the in-person orientation, you'll also get to examine satelite photos and maps in addition to skulls and horns that will make your job of sex identification easier.
3. Even though you've already called and introduced yourself to all the property owners, make an effort to personally visit with them whenever possible. For starters, all the folks that I met are real nice people; this could pay dividends for you in ways that you may not have imagined. Most importantly, many of them will not put you on their waiting list until they actually meet with you to explain their rules for hunting on their property and possibly provide you with a map and useful information about favorite bison hang-outs on their land. Some of the farmers have made a real efforts to learn more about the bison. Don't be afraid to ask questions and then shut your mouth and listen to what they tell you! Most are very willing to share some useful knowledge.
4. DO NOT BE A SLOB HUNTER! Word spreads quickly. Follow all property owner rules and treat people and property with respect. If you don't have permission to hunt on private property, don't hunt there. I know this sounds like common sense but I had several farmers tell me horror stories and some will no longer allow hunters on their land unless they personally know you (see why you want to meet them in person?)
5. Remember that you may hunt bison throughout Area 20D, not just at the State Bison Range Fields or the Delta Agricultural Project.
6. I didn't see a single bison or much fresh sign at the Bison Range Fields. This may change, as you can scarcely believe how quickly the bison can cover ground.
7. I'm not telling you to leave your four-wheeler at home but I found that a good 4X4 or AWD highway vehicle was far more useful than a wheeler would be. You're going to cover A LOT of highway and gravel road miles and not so many two-track trails that can't be navigated with a highway vehicle. As a matter of fact, my hunt success was accomplished with a Subaru Baja!
Oh, yes. Here's proof of my success.