Annual Bison Bull Hunt

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Bison hunters interested in Custer State Park's Nov. 26 through Jan. 11 annual bison bull hunt must have their applications postmarked on or before Sept. 4

"Custer State Park produces exceptional bulls," said Ron Walker, staff specialist. Custer State Park is one of the few places recognized in the Boone & Crockett listing of North American big game record books for their record bulls. Many bulls from Custer State Park appear in the Boone & Crockett listing. "In fact, the second largest bison bull in the world was taken from Custer State Park," Walker said. "Custer State Park truly is a premier place to go bison hunting."

The bison hunt is a unique opportunity. Each license holder will go on a three day guided hunt with park staff. A pickup is provided for field transportation. Hunters generally travel about 100 off road miles per day and should be prepared to walk for at least one hour a day in search of eligible bulls. The park also provides field handling of the bull and transports the animal to a locker facility in Rapid City.

"Hunters from all over the world have participated in the annual hunt," Walker said. This hunt also provides a unique opportunity to non-residents because it is the only big game hunting season within the park that is open to non-resident hunters.

Ten available bison licenses will be drawn Sept. 11. The $4,000 license fee must be included with the application. Unsuccessful applicants are refunded and given preference for the following year's drawing. Anyone interested can write: Custer State Park, HC 83, Box 70, Custer, S.D. 57730-9705, or call (605) 255-4515. E-mail to CusterStatePark@state.sd.us.