Buffalo Hunt


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Old 03-05-03, 11:07 AM
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Buffalo Hunt

Hey all..thought some of you might be interested in hearing about the buffalo hunt I went on over the holidays..

A bit about the buffalo first...
This herd of Plains Bison is the largest, freeroaming, disease free buffalo in North America. Every year over the course of December there are 80 limited entry hunts allowed. The herds population stays around the 3000 head mark...and they can grow up to as big as 3500 lbs. The area in which they roam is in Northern British Columbia, and its quite vast, although alot is privately owned property.

My father(Carl) and my stepmother(Diane) and I went on the hunt. We stayed in a little town called Pink Mountain and hunted for 4 days. Over those four day we saw a total of 8 Bison, about 40 moose and hundreds of Elk...not to mention the wolves and coyotes

Diane shot a very nice mature bull first at about noon on the 23rd...a very well placed shot into the lungs....but buffalo are very difficult animals to kill, and then we started tracking him...he walked uphill for about 2 miles, through 3 feet of snow...I finally caught up to him just before dark...but couldnt get a clean shot...so we called it a night and headed back to the house...

After and hour of trying to get a rock unstuck from the tunnel of my snowmobile the morning of the 24th..and breaking two bones in my hand in the process...we started out tracking him again

He finally went down at about 1:30 pm on the 24th...a full day later..but not after charging me and then chasing a fellow hunter around a tree...then the work started

to make a long story shorter...we fianlly got all the meat out of the bush, 20 miles from the house, on the 25th afternoon. He weighed in about 2500 lbs live weight so you can imagine the fun we had with him...we used my trusty little Jonsered with Vegetable oil in it to do most of the cutting... we hauled him out in sleighs behind the snowmobiles...

It was a great experience and one I hope to repeat again next year
 
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Old 03-05-03, 12:06 PM
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WOW! that is an awesome story! i wish all hunters would spend that much time tracking their kill!

you must either have a VERY large freezer or many happy friends!

thanks for sharing the story!
 
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Old 03-06-03, 08:49 AM
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Only 80 permits!!
How do they decide who gets one? Do they use the lottery system? How long did you have to wait?
In Wisconsin, you can go years without getting special permits, due to the small number issued.
 
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Old 03-06-03, 04:30 PM
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The Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) permits are on a lottery basis...the odds are about 135 to 1, depending on the hunt you apply for...my dad, stepmom, and I all apply for the same one...we got lucky and she was picked...it was only our second year applying...
We all put in every year...though, after picked once...they reduce your odds by 50%(the person picked) for the next year....don't know how they figure it...computer I guess...and it only costs 5 bucks to enter the draw....
Our LEH draws include mule deer does, mountain goat, mountain sheep, caribou, mature bull moose, grizzly bear, Elk....and a few others that I can't recall at the moment.
If we never get another buffalo hunt...that will be one to remember though....it was the best Christmas I can remember!!
 
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Old 03-06-03, 06:37 PM
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Thanks for the info!
Tell Diane congrats! Hope you get picked next year.

One more question...what calibre gun do you personally use, I know of the many large calibes to chose from, but whats your poison?!!
 
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Old 03-07-03, 10:00 AM
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I have a wide range of rifles I use...for that particular hunt, I used an 8mm Mag...when I am on my horse hunting moose I use my 350 rem mag as it is a nice short barrel and fits nicely in the scabbard...for my deer and goat hunting, I use a 7mm-08. On the trapline we just pack a .22 and a .22 mag. My favorite gun of all time though is my old trusy .30-06, I brought back from Texas in the early 90's.

What is your favorite? I will get a picture of the mount...we just got it back...and post the link.
 
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Old 03-07-03, 10:58 AM
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"on my horse hunting moose......Dennis, sorry we cant be friends.... Just kidding!! That is such a dream of mine, I am truely jealous.
Since I have only hunted white tail deer in Wisconsin, it depends where I hunt, if it is northern Wis, then you can use a rifle so I have a Rem. 30-06 700, love that rifle!
If I hunt in southern Wis, you can only use a shotgun or a handgun. I used my 870 12 gauge for years till I learned a Thompson Encore with a 15 inch barrel is considered a handgun even though it has a rifle cartridge barrel on it. Mine is chambered in .270 winchester with HOT handloads! What a blast to shoot. Red dot scope and muzzlebraked to keep the gun in my hands and out of my forehead!!
My next purchase will be a ruger 10/22, believe it I have never had a 22 and I got I itchin' for one, for plinking and small game.
Cant wait to see the pictures!!
 
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Old 03-08-03, 09:47 AM
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Lol...MT...you will just have to get yourself up here to Gods Country and do some real hunting...I have seen more game on horseback than any other style of hunting....The animals just don't seem to care about the horse...it is quiet...you see alot of amazing country...
The horses we have are very good bush horses...go anywhere...cross anything...when you hop off them and the gun clears the scabbard...they know what to expect...

Here is my horse, getting ready for a ride...

http://www.arboristsite.com/attachme...=&postid=79154
 
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Old 03-08-03, 09:50 AM
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The Ruger 10/22 is a fantastic little rifle for hunting varmits...my brother bought one about...10? years ago...and we have put thousands of rounds through it....4X scope...two 30 round banana clips taped together....lol..it is fun..
 
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This picture isnt the best...but it does give you a relation of size..

http://www.arboristsite.com/attachme...=&postid=17621
 
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Old 03-20-03, 08:03 AM
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MT...just to rub it in a bit more I made a deal yesterday with one of our Fish Cops..(Fisheries Officers)...I traded him all my goalie gear for a set of pack saddles...a .243 rifle with leather scabbard...a bunch of misc. tack and an outboard motor...lol..
 
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yeah! well na na na boo, I gots me one of these! well not really but I wonder if you could rig up a mount on yer horse for it!!

Great bartering buddy!! .243 is one screaming fast little round!

I just went to the big annual sports show in Milwaukee and they have hundreds of booths set up with vendors and guide outfitters.
I spent an hour talking to the owner of Findlay Creek Outfitters LTD.
Their hunting grounds is 50 miles North of Cranbrook BC in the Purcell Mountains!! Man, I wish I could go there!
Hundreds of pics of hunters with Trophey game.
If only I had a couple thousand bucks to spare, someday Ill get there...hmmm if only I had a friend that lived up there...ya that would be cheaper, you dont need any electrical work by chance do ya!!

By the way, I saw your monster chain saw on the other post!!
WOW!! Tell me more about it, all the details! That looks like a blast!
 
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Old 03-20-03, 03:35 PM
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MT, if I recall, it isn't all that expensive for you to hunt here...you do need a guide I think, but any resident can apply for a one time guiding license...I think thats how it works...plus a couple hundred for the license, more expensive tags...but then you can hunt anywhere you want. I don't need any wiring done, unless you can redo my house from the 1950's 60 amp service to 200amp without me needing a permit...

Those outfitters are about 10 hours from me. Good Elk country...I know, as I hit a beautiful 5 point bull(5 on each side) with my Grand Cherokee on Dec. 23...6k damage...

I didn't really need the .243 as I have lots of rifles...but what the heck! Then when he threw in the outboard...well...I couldn't say no.

Yeah that saw is pretty amazing...although it is not mine it is one of my very good friends. We just got back from Sacramento with it. That is a Buick 215 aluminum block V8. The saw weighs in at 507lbs and the HP is between 200-700...lol....undisclosed information. It will be touring Washington and Oregon this summer, as well as being here at my logging show.
 
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Old 08-11-03, 10:45 AM
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Finally got a digital pic of the buffalo mount...here it is...

http://www.arboristsite.com/attach/6596.jpg

And just for relation for size...here is another..

http://www.arboristsite.com/attach/6597.jpg
 
 

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