O.K. here it is:
The hunt was on forest service land, just across the border from the Grand Teton National Park boundary. Additionally, part of the National Elk Refuge at Jackson Hole was also open this year for the Bison hunt. 32 resident bull bison tags for this area were awarded this year. Approximately 2000 residents applied for the 32 tags. My friend was lucky enough to be number 29.
We started the hunt early in the morning at the elk refuge. After an hour or so of looking around we spotted two small groups of bulls. We moved in closer to look them over. One of the bulls looked really nice (big), but after some discussion, my friend decided to pass on it. He thought its cape was rubbed off too much. I didn't like the fact that there were two stream beds between it and the truck. Here's a picture of that bull:
Then we decided to move off of the refuge and onto the National Forest. On the way through the Grand Teton National Park we found the buffalo motherload, but they were safe inside the park boundaries:
Once we were on the forest land, the hunt started to be reminiscent of an elk hunt. For a couple of hours we moved between many different vantage points and glassed. The main difference was that the bison were much larger, and easier to see. After passing on several bulls, my friend finally found one that he decided to take. It was a lone bull grazing in a small-high-elevation-bowl with a small meadow in it. The bull was actually pretty well concealed, as we could only see it from one high vantage point. We stalked up to approximately 100 yards from it, although it was probably not necessary to be all that sneaky. From there I fired up the digital camera and my friend got ready for the shot. The first round hit it in the on-side leg/shoulder just above the heart. The bison jolted like it was going to cover some ground, but immediatly suffered the effects of a broken leg and ran in a lazy-half-circle before my buddy put another round into its other shoulder, a little higher this time. At the second shot the bull dropped to its knees and died within a few seconds.
Here are some pictures of me posing with the bull:
The 'better half' decided to get in on this picture:
And here's the happy hunter 'reaming' the beast:
And now he's gutting the beast:
Although we were able to drive up to it after clearing some deadfall, it still took six of us 4 1/2 hours to gut, skin, and load it in the truck.
And here is a link to a 46 second video clip of the shot:
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