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  1. Default Custer State Park SD Bison Hunt

    Just wanted to post a thread about my Custer State Park Cow Bison hunt in SD in February 2016. If you have any questions about the hunt please let me know and I will be glad to answer any questions you may have about the application process and the hunt itself. Visit http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/custer/hunting/ for application info on both trophy and non-trophy hunt applications. The hunt is incredible and the meat you bring home to eat is as good as it gets.

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    Drew Williams
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    Very nice!!! I was there the same month for the same reason, but had a bit more sunshine...

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    congrats. I would absolutely love to do that hunt.

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    drew
    what did you use for your hunt gun or bow how many days was your hunt
    thanks Robert

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    It is a one day hunt for the non-trophy bison. It is a guided hunt per state law with a Custer State Park biologist/representative. I used a 300 win mag for my hunt with 180 grain bullets.

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    Man, I would love to fill a freezer and get a rug from one of those big shaggy buggers Congrats
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    how many years did it take you to get the tag? Looks fun!
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    I drew the non-trophy cow tag with 2 preference points as a non-resident. I think the points required will only creep up as time goes on. I was lucky that I found this and started applying on year 1 that SD switched it bison application process to the current system, so I was a max point holder when I drew the tag.

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    I drew the Trophy tag this year as a non-resident with 2 points going into the draw. I can't wait. I drew the any bison tag in Wyoming a few years ago and if this hunt is half as much fun it will be awesome.

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    Well, I got my hunt dates today. I'm betting there is nothing like South Dakota bison hunting in mid December. I'm guessing they will be haired up good by then. I can't wait.

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    Congrats can't wait to hear all about it. This hunt is on my list

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    Good luck, it will be a shaggy beast by then, beautiful robe it will have. The meat is great if aged properly. If you like grass fed beef then don't trim all of the fat.

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    Did you use a processor in SD or bring the buffalo home and do it yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sigpros View Post
    Did you use a processor in SD or bring the buffalo home and do it yourself?
    I brought my home in quarters and had in processed. Found a deer processor who did it for $150. Money very well spent IMO...

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    Drew a non-trophy bull tag this fall. I'm waiting on hunt dates but mine will be in January or February, 2017. Wondering if anyone has used a bow and looking for information on broadheads and arrow weights.

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    Congrats! It's a fun hunt. I used a rifle, but on the right day think a bow would be doable. The day I went it was W I N D Y, which had them a bit skittish. I shot mine at 140yds.

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    I'll take a rifle with me just in case. Have hunted Custer State Park before and know all about wind being a South Dakota Resident. Would like to get close though.

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    Well I snagged one of the Walmart clearance 45/70's so I'm good on firepower now!

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    If you are going to try it with a bow, I would let the park know that ahead of time and try to schedule your hunt early. The bison can be a bit skittish after the first hunt of the year. This hunt is not a gimme with a bow but this is your hunt brother, you define how you want to do it. I was happy to do mine with a rifle. Bison are really tough animals and even with a 300 win mag at 150 yards mine didn't just drop. It went about 20-30 yards before laying down and expiring very quickly. Good luck on your hunt!

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    This definitely has my mind going to work....lol I wonder how I can get my wife to agree to this after she already agreed to letting me do a Wyoming cow moose hunt.....
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    How many tags are allocated to non-residents? I was reading at the F&G page and says residents get tags then IF LEFTOVERS can go to a non-resident. Looks like two of you in this thread drew as non-residents so must not be much resident demand. Or, am I missing a key sentence when reading about trophy and non-trophy bison draws in SD?

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    "License Eligibility: Both residents and nonresidents may apply. There are 15 non-trophy bull bison licenses available. Seven of these licenses are set aside for residents only. The remaining 8 licenses are available to both residents and nonresidents. There are 5 cow bison licenses available. Two of these licenses are set aside for residents only. The remaining three licenses are available to both residents and nonresidents."

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    Thats awsome. Alot of good eating right there.

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    Halo,

    Great bull. As usual I am one point behind. What was your weapon of choice? How far was the shot and what happened. I was hoping to do that hunt with my flintlock .54; any idea how the park rangers would feel about that?

    Would love to hear more details about the hunt. I know the park gets it out of the field for you but did you have it processed? Are there better options than others for processing and hide tanning/head mounting?

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