i read an article in a hunting magazine about one of the house rock hunts. it said it was tough (i think he waited for more than 5 years for a tag). i do remember the guy hunted and scouted for weeks. i'm not sure if he was being choosy or haviung trouble locating them. but in the end, he saw a dust cloud stirred up by two bulls fighting in a brush filled wash-out.
he pulled to a relatively high spot and stood on his truck to get a good spot on the bulls.
he did get one, and said that extracting it was very difficult.
having shot a bison myself (a 900 pound cow) i can say that even the smaller ones will take half or most of a day to cut up. if you had two people, and both knew what you're doing, it might be a little faster.
good luck on that tag! shooting a bison is a great experience.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...