First off, I'd like to give a huge shout out to Diana Schultz. She really knows her stuff about bison hunting. Also, thanks to all who provided advise on my trip.
Left Wasilla on Friday night. Got to the Trophy Lodge about midnight and Carlos at the Trophy Lodge took very good care of us.
Got up early on Saturday morning and headed out to Schultz Farms. Met up with Diana and Scott. WONDERFUL people! Spent an hour or more chatting with them and hanging on every word Diana had to say about bison hunting. She gave us a good orientation of their property and sent us on our way.
Looked around our assigned tract and less than 1 hour after beginning the hunt, my bison was on the ground and we were taking pictures.
Found a herd of about 100 bison, made the stalk and waited for what I wanted to seperate from the herd. Made a 100 yard shot and dropped it in it's track with one shot. I was looking to take a good eater for the freezer and that's what I got. Ended up shooting a young bull. Diana asked us to remove everything but the gut pile from the field so my buddy and I butchered it up and got it in the truck. Temperatures were -25F to -13F and were lucky to have no wind. First experience hunting and butchering in those kinds of temps. We took a battery operated sawzall and it made fast work to split the rib cage and remove the feet. Everything else was with knives.
I know that I was very lucky to draw the tag, and the hunt was overly easy for me by shear luck. I was lucky to have good advise from those in the know. And for all of that, I'm truly thankful. I know that it's not been as easy for some. I can tell future hunters to really study all you can about bison when it comes to age and sex. If you're not overly familiar with them, it can be EXTREMELY difficult to age and sex them. I'm hearing that next year is going back to single sex hunting. There is a ton of dirt and grit in their hides, so you might want to take extra knives.
If I were a horn hunter, I'd likely still be there trying to get on a bigger one. Seems the older animals are the first to run off once they know you're there...at least it was like that for me. But, for quality of meat, I don't think I could have done any better.
Lastly, for those that want to use Schultz farms, the best advise I can give you is to listen carefully to what Diana has to say, and respect her rules and her property. She honestly wants to see you succeed, and she will not steer you wrong.
Left Wasilla on Friday at 6:00 PM and back home on Sunday at 3:00 PM. Up, back on done in less than 48 hours. Now waiting for meat bags to thaw enough to get them unstuck form the bed of the truck.
I would post a picture if I knew how. Someone can PM me with their email and I will send the picture if you'd post it for me.
Again, THANK YOU Diana and Scott for your wonderful hospitality!!