I see no one has answered this and I have not hunted bison there personally, but will tell you what I know. I guided a fellow that had gone on the Custer State Park hunt. For what is is worth he said it was OK, but doubted it was any more 'wild' than hunting on some of the bigger bison ranches in the western states. Of course one big difference is the bulls taken in the park are eligible for B&C entry.
I believe the licence fee if successful in the draw is $5000. I have no idea what the draw odds are.
I thought last year it was $1500.00 for a 2-3 year old bull, and $5-7000 for a B&C animal. I haven't seen this years rates.
I'm sure it's not the most challenging hunt in the world. Especially with a rifle. With a bow, it would be harder....still have to get in close. I think it would be fun. Not many people can say they've taken a buffalo.
rhino I do not believe they allow you to use archery equipment on the Custer State Park hunts.
There are bison hunts that can be very challenging such as the wood bison hunts in the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Plains bison in Alaska in the Farewell, Delta Junction and Copper River herds, the Pink Mtn. area of northeastern British Columbia and Henry Mtns. herd in Utah. also the hybrid bison in northeastern Alberta adjacent to Wood Buffalo National Park.
These are all wild bison, and the majority of these hunts take place in areas where access is difficult and the weather conditions can be daunting.
As a US resident you cannot import wood bison trophies (unfortunate for the bison, local natives and game department) from the NWT or the Yukon, but you can import the bison from BC and Alberta.......and of course the Utah and Alaska herds if you manage to draw and are successful.
Everyone has different ideas about trophy pictures. Looks around and you will see "long armers," "set behinders," "big cheesers," and "blood covered brutes." I have a few tips to keep your trophy pictures from being laughers or worse yet just plain gross.
#1 Clean it up. Try to avoid bullet holes, gut pile, mass amounts of blood, and the tongue sticking out. You don't want your big buck to look like a angry 1st grader with his tongue out or a MMA fighter during the 3 round.
#2 Long arming...