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    Application for NER bison hunt access are online now. I recommend calling the Jackson office and talking with them about the prospects for this year. Last year was a strange hunt for bison in Wyoming. You need to applying and get a National Elk Refuge permit in the first drawing or pick one up after the drawing to be able to hunt the NER. This is where the bison will be. Last years 7 1/2 year old cow bison is tasting great. Can't wait for spouses cow this year.

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    First round of National Elk Refuge HMA permits have been drawn. Everyone needs to pick one up for access to the refuge. First come are available now. The bison are taken from the refuge, some bulls are taken from the forest lands. This is a migration hunt so they may not be on the refuge during your hunt period. The Jackson office of the G&F wants all bison hunters to call them before going over to hunt. They are great gals and will answer all your questions. Last season they moved really late, almost January before the large herd came over, usually December is when they start moving in.

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    4 Bulls down in Wyoming so far. Countdown to my December cow hunt. Last years bison meat is getting harder to find in the freezer.

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    Good luck on your hunt. Sounds like an awsome time. My wife and I were up there over the summer and seen that part of the country. Amazing place

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    Spouse took a cow last year and it was interesting. This is a population control hunt so it's not a wilderness type thing. One issue is the grizzlies will not be in hibernation until the elk hunt on the refuge is over, mid November, so we plan on late Dec. or Jan. Same issue with the Teton elk hunt, it is a population control and it is a zoo. Luckily the bison hunt is more "relaxed". Just have to walk in if the bison are on the elk refuge and take one before they fly the coop. Jackson in winter is beautiful. And surprisingly many are very hunter friendly there, some not so much.

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    I should clarify, the cow hunt is way different than a bull hunt could be. The bulls can be hunted in the forest and early, it is truly a hunt that way.The cows are pretty much wait and see til they cross.

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Size:  47.1 KB Cow bison back from Moyle's Mink and Tannery. They did a beautiful job. Skull was done at home. Her robe is about 6 1/2 ft x 5 1/2 ft. Nice soft sueded leather on underside.

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    Herd is still up at Elk Ranch, hopefully New year's day cow hunt pans out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wytex View Post
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Size:  47.1 KB Cow bison back from Moyle's Mink and Tannery. They did a beautiful job. Skull was done at home. Her robe is about 6 1/2 ft x 5 1/2 ft. Nice soft sueded leather on underside.
    Turned out great! I was pleasantly surprised to find out how soft the wool/hair on mine is.

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    Wytex what did it cost to have the hide tanned? Did you have to scrape it or anything? Or just ship it frozen?

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    Moyle Mink and Tannery charges $432 for a full hide, any size. Best price I found anywhere and it is beautiful. You pay shipping charges.We salted and dried the hide then shipped it to them. Careful skinning in the field left little to flesh at home. Our taxidermist friend laid it out for us in his shop for the salting, fine grain solar salt. That took about 3 days then he said it was good to go. Make sure you get as much blood out of the hair around the bullet holes or it may slip in those areas. They will tan the head for you but it adds to the price. We had the head tanned and it looks neat, next one will just have the neck and forehead attached. It took about 7 months and we could pay over summer until it was ready.
    They will not take frozen hides but a taxidermist will flesh and salt for you at a price, we did the work just used his space .

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    Snowing and cold near Jackson and Grand Teton all week so maybe the herd will start down. At least a chance the season could be extended til the Jan.31 if conditions warrant it.

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    I'm looking forward to pics. Moyle's did a great job on the hide.
    “To the man that has never followed the trails of the traplines, I can only say, “You have missed much” You will find him rich in health, happiness, and the things of life that are most worthwhile, and mellow with the memories of a life well spent in God’s great, clean outdoors…Ah, for the life of a millionaire, say some-but just let me stay a trapper.”
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    I'm going to do this hunt soon. I want one of those robes bad!

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    Nothing prettier or softer than a January bison robe!!!

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    The bison are on the move. Close to 500 near Kelly. Frigid cold for this weekend so layer up. Might happen for a some hunters this weekend!!

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    I'm hoping to draw cow tag this upcoming year. Got turned down last year.

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    They're on the NER. Good luck everyone!! Don't forget to pick up your biological sample kit at the Jackson office for brucellosis testing and tooth aging.

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    looking forward to some pictures! good luck!
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    Anyone with a bison tag can call Jackson office and get a day permit. They are on the refuge, hunting is going well.

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    The bison hunt may, probably close this coming Tuesday, Jan. 3. If you have a tag call the Jackson office and get over there, 307-733-2321.

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    wytex, I have really enjoyed gleaning this thread all fall as I am considering putting in for Bison next year. Just curious how far are these buffalo usually away from access? If I draw I will be hunting solo... for a BISON. While I'm all for hiking miles in for deer and slightly less for elk, A large cow may tax my pack muleing abilities. I realize there are recovery services for them. But I would rather do it myself closer to the truck than have to hire to recover. Any information you may like to share would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firedude View Post
    wytex, I have really enjoyed gleaning this thread all fall as I am considering putting in for Bison next year. Just curious how far are these buffalo usually away from access? If I draw I will be hunting solo... for a BISON. While I'm all for hiking miles in for deer and slightly less for elk, A large cow may tax my pack muleing abilities. I realize there are recovery services for them. But I would rather do it myself closer to the truck than have to hire to recover. Any information you may like to share would be appreciated.
    You will be very surprised at how little the recovery services cost compared to doing what you're talking about, which I have to say is pretty foolish in the weather that you'll face out there. Let them drag it to a legal road with their horse, winch it up and gut it, and then truck it at least to your truck where you can then do your thing in order to come out of it alive. My buddy in Sheridan took a big bull in 2014 and a big cow this year and had nothing but praise for Ralph and his TagnDrag crew!
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    I helped a buddy with his cow on the NER last week and learned a few things.
    --He learned that there are areas where Tag 'n Drag won't go due to drifted access. They have plenty of demand for the areas closer to their access points. If you're banking on the service, it's worth a call to ask if they'll retrieve where you'll be.
    --Also, lots of people said "bring a sled" like it's a magic wand...I knew enough to be skeptical based on conditions and my backpack was the only thing getting stuff from point A to point B the night I went.
    --There are other outfitters that will go get your animal if Tag n Drag is busy
    --If you're comfortable winter backpacking you can probably make it happen on foot, but you can get in big trouble not very far off the road out there. Most people don't know how to take care of their gear and bodies in sustained winter temps. When I showed up to help I was the only one with liquid water, a way to heat it, shelter from the wind, and a belay jacket/pants.
    --FWIW my buddy killed his about 1.5-1.75 miles from the nearest vehicle access. Given the snow depth it was roughly a 1 mph operation tops in that case. I'm led to believe that the distance to where most bison are killed, and where most bison are located are two different questions. I'd hit the game warden with that question, bet he's got an answer better informed than the NER as far as the kill sites are concerned.

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    Very very good points. Thank you. I would love to do the hunt but if I am unable to recover it, I won't shoot it. I will see how much they charge to recover and where they will recover. I have considered one of those chainsaw Capston winches and a sled in recent years. As an old boy who uses one once told me, "It's heavy, but a lot lighter than the whole elk I just drug out with it!" He used one and had a 300 foot spool of nylon rope. But I have no clue if there is anything to attach it to out there. I could make sagebrush work I guess. What do you guys think about using that for a Bison?

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