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.
I've spent countless hours either on my hands and knees or bent over, messing up my back, looking for blood. One such instance I remember most was a hog hunt a few years ago in Mississippi. I had never shot a hog so when I poked a hole in this guy; I was determined to find him. Wearing snake leggings, I crawled on my hands and knees through the briars and the brambles and bushes where a rabbit wouldn't go. I found a spot of blood here and there but never the pig. And lucky for me, I didn't find...