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.
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...