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#1 ChrisJones

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:29 pm

Grand Canyon National Park will be issuing 200 bison tags in an attempt to reduce the population.
 
The herd was introduced into the 1900's by a rancher who tried to cross breed them with cattle. He bagged it as a bad idea and Arizona's Fish & Game have been monitoring it ever since.
 
While the initial population was around a hundred the herd numbers are up to around 600. They're hard on the habitat and they want to manage the population as they're predicted to double in the next couple of decades.

 

So if you can lob a safari round accurately down range, and carry all your crap with you, you might get lucky and be able to draw out a tag on AZ's lottery system. The majority of the meat and hides will go to local tribes but you'll be able to get one too if you don't mind packing it out.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:38 pm

I would love to hunt down and take a bison, defo taking some of the meat home too :laugh: I also really like the idea of using the carcasses for the local tribes, fantastic management ;)
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:50 pm

A mate of mine has put in for it. He's native which he's hoping will help his chances of drawing out. He want's to use his bow!


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:51 pm

A colleague sent me this.  :D

 

Sounds a good opportunity and I applaud the US authorities for using sportsman to achieve conservation goals. In the UK any such job would almost certainly be carried out by contractors.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:58 pm

It's fantastic. Volunteers packing their own gear. The parks service originally drafted a recommendation for contractors but in a display of common sense the powers that be opened it up to sportsmen. Win/win!



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:07 pm

From Blaise' ongoing terrier work thread I am led to believe that the French Department responsible for rural affairs will ask the hunt clubs to aid in culling in a similar way, though for disease control reasons. Likewise the kiwi Department of Conservation use sportsman to control invasive species in their national parks in addition to their own more controversial efforts using 1080.

 

I really think it's great. Sportsman acting as free (and often financially contributing!) expertise in government conservation and management goals.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:14 pm

When you compare it with the badger cull, in the UK, it's no brainer! Cost versus revenue.



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 04:09 pm

Common sense to use hunters to do a job that needs a hunter for ......

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:41 pm

thats the great thing about hunting in usa and canada ,there,s lots of opertunity for every citizen  to hunt,


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:55 pm

A mate of mine has put in for it. He's native which he's hoping will help his chances of drawing out. He want's to use his bow!

I have a DVD where a guy takes one with a bow,it goes down very quickly,i would love to see one taken with an old sharps rifle.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 08:48 pm

I'd pay to hunt one with traditional bow on horse back
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 09:15 pm

A canadian friend of mine shot one in far north BC canada, He said it was an easy animal to hunt,the hard part was  locating  the herd, he said it was -30 every day in january. which was tough, quad bikes are hard to start at -30 temps

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 09:16 pm

You'd probably be on foot for most of the Grand Canyon cull...



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 09:29 pm

You'd probably be on foot for most of the Grand Canyon cull...

 

 

good luck on that then LOL

how big an area is the hunt  ?

 

the herds in canada roam for hundreds  of square miles, Zero chance without a vehicle or horse



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 09:41 pm

just googled kaibab plateau its 9200 ft highest point and 1152 square miles area .

thats a tough hunt on foot, be great with pack horses 


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