63460_1500140308011_1369278685_31198535_7204246_n.jpgSo on Friday December 10, 2010, my dream and goal for this year came true. I shot a Bison. It was -11 and we saw around 180-200 animals. It was a great hunt and here is the story:
It started when we were heading down to Delta to find the beast that had eluded us so far this year. Up until this point we had seen 1 buffalo total since Oct. 15th. We were heading down the farm roads, all the while trying to contact the farmer's whose land we wanted to hunt, but to no avail. As we got closer to their land, I looked out my window and noticed around 150 animals standing on the side of the road just inside the wind break. This, unfortunately, was on farm land that was on the "no hunt" list. So we called the other farmer and tried to get some info on the farms that had the bison on it, but again to avail. We then decided to go to a different farm and sit and wait to see if they were going to appear on their farm. After 3 hours of seeing nothing, I decided to move to the Panoramic field (mile post 1408) before we left to head back to Fairbanks. In the 13 days I have hunted prior to Friday, we had seen over 200 moose on this field and not a singe bison, but that day was different! As I was driving toward the open field, I saw them! They were about 35 yards away and standing right were I needed to go. So we got out and got closer. There were about 30 of them. We got closer, and then it happened. They took off running! We ran back to my truck to head them off. They ran right behind my truck and off to the races they went. We drove back down the trail to cut them off 2 more times until they were long gone. As we were getting ready to call it a done deal, I turned and saw Bob, that's what I named my bison. We was standing about 125 yards away! Between two windbreaks. We hurried and got ready one last time. We studied it and made the call, yes it was a bull. I took the shot and hit the mark. It was 2:30 in the afternoon and my hunting season was over! It was a great, fun, cold hunt that I hope I get the chance to do again some day.
Thanks to everyone who helped me and for being there for me to lean on. Thanks to my wife for being so understand and letting and helping me through is entire thing. And to my best friend and hunting partner, Tim. I couldn't do this with you bro, thanks.