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    Why are the Bison hunts so popular?

    Is it simply because it is a unique species?

    Is access easy, making it a sure thing? (I assume this is not the case)

    Just curious why so many beople put in for the Bison hunts.

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    The Delta Bison hunt is one of the last true free-range Bison Hunts available anywhere in the world accessable to the average person. We are blessed to have this opportunity.

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    It is a unique hunt and is not a for sure thing . It is alot of fun unless you draw the Feb permit when it is 50 below If you have the new permit supplement it tells how many people put in for it on the back.
    PEOPLE SAY I HAVE A.D.D I DON'T UNDERSTA.....OH LOOK A MOOSE !!!

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    Location, dosen't cost allot of money to get to them.

    The unique oppertunity to hunt one of the last free range Bison.
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    It is my understanding that access to the Chitna herd and retrieval of harvested meat can be real spendy due to .... location.

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    My wife loves store-bought buffalo and wants to try bison! That and it appears to be a lot of meat and a unique species to hunt; for the trophy and meat. I'm 0-fer lifetime though.

    Tim

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    I shot one a few years ago. One of the best meat that I have had.
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    I finally bit the bullet and bought a bison down in the states to harvest. It was a nice mature bull that'll look good on the wall and we are tearing through the meat. It is right on the top of the list for best tasting game meat out there. I'll keep putting in for the bison permit, but I'll definately be headed back to Montana to harvest another bison in the future, maybe even this coming winter being that we are already over half way done with the 650 pounds I got off the bull last December.

    I put in every year because I do want to have that free range bison hunt and the meat will be a lot less expensive that way.

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    Default Hey Jerod..

    I was going to do the same hunt in the lower 48. If ya don't mind me asking; what did you pay for that hunt? What outfitter did you go through? What did you get and what did you not get for the price? Thank you

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    The odds for getting a permit may go up as far as an individuals chance of getting drawn. Assuming its the same people every year who apply.

    It is now 1 every 10 years for a resident and once per lifetime for non-res.
    "You have given out too much reputation in the last 24 hours, try again later".

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    Quote Originally Posted by mntransplant View Post
    I was going to do the same hunt in the lower 48. If ya don't mind me asking; what did you pay for that hunt? What outfitter did you go through? What did you get and what did you not get for the price? Thank you
    I went to Ted Turner's place in Bozeman. The ranch is called the Flying D. They have a few different levels of bison harvests, and I picked the mature bull which cost me $1995. Cows are $795 and they have trophy bulls "hunts" for $4000. The mature bull and cows are more of a harvest as they put them in a smaller pasture. They also have yearling harvests which I am considering doing next time around.

    http://www.montanahuntingcompany.com/index.htm

    My costs were as follows:
    Alaska Airlines to Billings - $10 for cashing in mileage.
    Lodging - Free as I stayed with a friend and his family
    Gas - ~$100 for the drive from Billings to Bozeman and back
    Bull Bison - $1995
    Tip - $100
    Buffalo Bill's skinning and quartering service - $100
    Meat processor in Billings - $330 for 650 pounds of finished processed meat
    Shipping to Fairbanks via AK Air Cargo - $660
    Two extra checked bags (hide, horns and some meat) - $100

    So for undere $3500 I was able to do this hunt and get a nice 6.5 year old bull fully processed and in my freezer. This was compared to the ranch in Delta which would have cost $2500 for a 2 year old bull or $3500 for a 3.5+ year old bull (which they don't have any of). Ended up being far cheaper to go out of state, and I got a lot nicer animal.

    What you do not get is a hunt unless you do the trophy bull. We drove up to the bison and shot it. I was hoping for a little more of a challenge, but it is what it is.

    Here's a shot of my bull and the pasture that the harvests are done in. They gut it and put it in the back of your truck and they are done with you. It is worth it to pay Buffalo Bill $70-$100 bucks to carve it up for you, and he can tan the hide and ship it to you as well.


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    There are bison "ranches" where you can hunt in Alaska as well. There is one outfit in the Delta area and one on Kodaik out by Near Cape. You don't have to travel Outside to buy a bison hunt. St.Patrick's in Anchorage is having a raffle for a bison hunt in Kodaik. Travel & lodgging included. $20 ticket.

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    I dont know why they are popular but I would HIGHLY suggest nobody put in for them this year!

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    I think that it is fish and game just promoting the hunts for the money. Everybody should boycott the permit application process for a few years.

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    This is the first year that I get to put in again due to the 1 in 5 years rule (now 1 in 10, but not retroactive). Yahoo!

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    Because they taste so good.

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    Smile Flying D

    Thanks Jerod!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    This is the first year that I get to put in again due to the 1 in 5 years rule (now 1 in 10, but not retroactive). Yahoo!
    Did you get an animal 5 (6?) years ago? Out of which herd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmg View Post
    Did you get an animal 5 (6?) years ago? Out of which herd?
    Farewell bison from March 2002.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    Farewell bison from March 2002.

    Excellent pic!!

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