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1.) Wild Bob - 09/24/2014
Well, I just got my much anticipated notice from MFWP...I'm number 4,067 on the call list for the Bison cow tag that I put in for. :re:

Considering that there is possibilities for 54 tags to be awarded (depending on multiple factors) the odds donít look very good for me this year. I guess it may not be impossible...but not very likely.

Oh-well there's always next year to look forward to! :dig:
2.) Swamp Fox - 09/24/2014
Don't despair, Wild Bob...There's a bison call list at a few bars in Wisconsin that I've been to, and it seems pretty easy to tag out from what I saw.
3.) Wild Bob - 09/24/2014
HAHAHAHAHA! You trying to get me into trouble???

Hey wait a second...isn't that the place where Carl Showalter hangs out?????? :tu:
4.) Floyd - 09/24/2014
EDIT: Sorry WB for podunking on your thread. Swampy is a cad and carpetbagger.

Let me fix my error.

WB, for comparison, what does the number 4,067 on the call list mean? Out of how many? I mean, please put it all in perspective. What was previous years like for you?



[QUOTE=Swamp Fox;25904]Don't despair, Wild Bob...There's a bison call list at a few bars in Wisconsin that I've been to, and it seems pretty easy to tag out from what I saw.[/QUOTE]

Tag soup again for Swampy though. :grin: True Story. :wave:
5.) Swamp Fox - 09/24/2014
LOL...

I have standards...

Don't ask me to go into detail.

:-)
6.) Floyd - 09/24/2014
54 tags out of what population of bison up there?






[QUOTE=Swamp Fox;25909]LOL...

I have standards...

Don't ask me to go into detail.

:-)[/QUOTE]


Yeah, that's what they all say. :laugh: Helps with the ego. :poke:

I get it, you podunking maniac. :fire:
7.) Floyd - 09/24/2014
Is a bison tag "The Tag" to get up there?



Poor, poor Swampy; did you try the t-bone around the neck trick like your mom did to you when you was younger? (I kid - humor)

[video=youtube_share;9O6e7cgkeqw]http://youtu.be/9O6e7cgkeqw[/video]
8.) Swamp Fox - 09/25/2014
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9.) Wild Bob - 09/25/2014
Hahahaha! No comment on the running diatribe between you two. :-)

In answer to Floyd’s questions:

- Generally speaking, typical applicant numbers run anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 (averages over the last 10 years).

- Bison population in the hunt area: (Surprise, surprise, but its tough to reference an accurate number...best I can tell is approximately 4,500=/-)

- Harvest numbers range dramatically from year to year as it all depends on the severity of the winter weather (i.e. harsh winter drives the bison out of the higher country in Yellowstone) therefore for the more bison out of park = more to allot for hunting. The most killed by hunters over the last 8 years was 250 in 2012, but again it's very drastic, a couple of years before that there was only 1 taken.

A friend of mine works at MFWP and I asked him how the 'call list' works. All he could tell me was that if you are on the list, and you are relatively low, you better not ignore any telephone calls from an unknown number during the season you put in for. He said they don't leave messages, and they don't call back...they call you once, you pick up and find out the good news or they cross you off the list and call the next name below. He said they burn through the list pretty quickly.

It's not the most coveted tag, but close...but it's pretty big to me as I've always dreamt of hunting a bison. Generally speaking, I'd say that Shiras Moose is becoming the most coveted tag here (at least with residents), with Big Horn and Mountain Goat competing for second. Non-resident most coveted hands down has to be Big Horn Sheep.

I've been in the 6,000s on the list before and the lowest was in the low 600's...that time, if it had been a bad winter, there was a chance I could have been called. So, I guess you could say that out of 5 years of applying - once I stood a chance. :grin: (you gotta be an optimist!)
10.) Deerminator - 09/25/2014
Aren't they a member of the Bovine family.:pray:
I can find some good bison jokes real easily.
11.) Floyd - 09/25/2014
I didn't read your post WB. It looked long and complicated with no pictures. Holy Cow....
12.) Wild Bob - 09/25/2014
Well, see if I waste any more time giving [I]you[/I] information...you owe me exactly 8 minutes and 49 seconds. I'll take that right now thank you! :-) :wave:
13.) bluecat - 09/25/2014
Is it an archery tag or a rifle tag WB?

That would definately be a lifetime experience with a lot of meat if successful.
14.) Wild Bob - 09/25/2014
You can use either bow or rifle, but crossbows or muzzleloaders are not allowed.

That's kind of the way I'm looking at it; I would like to have a chance to do it once.
15.) Floyd - 09/25/2014
For sure....very cool.
16.) Deerminator - 09/25/2014
It's going to be a super great adventure. looking forward to the pics and story..
stay safeWB:tu:
17.) Floyd - 09/25/2014
DM didn't read it either. lol

I read it. I found it interesting. No really.

Can you buy and raise one?
18.) Wild Bob - 09/26/2014
[QUOTE=Floyd;25952]DM didn't read it either. lol

I read it. I found it interesting. No really.

Can you buy and raise one?[/QUOTE]


Hahaha! LOL.

Funny you should ask that Floyd...ultimately, you could have one, if you could keep it fenced in! A rancher that I'm friends with had one a few years ago. His spread (which is huge) is right next to his brother's ranch. Long story short; he struggled to keep that thing on his place. His brother's cows would come in to heat, and that thing would plow through a 5 strand barb wire fence on 8x8 posts to get to those cows. They had two arguments over that animal - the third time my friend got a call that his bison was out, he pulled up and his brother was standing over the bison which he shot.

Any how, all that said, if you are bored some time; look up a little light reading about the [U]huge fight [/U]going on right now in Montana about free-roaming bison. The natives support it as well as the American Prairie Reserve (a monstrous organization, whose final objectives are not quiet clear). The free roaming bison issue is the biggest battle this area has probably ever seen...way bigger than the pros or cons of the Keystone XL pipeline which could be built right through this area.

Here is a starter for you if you are interested; this is a link to an article that our local resident editor (the editor of Outdoor Life) and friend did on this issue last year. It's an interesting little read... [url]http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/open-country/2013/09/new-bison-war[/url]
19.) Floyd - 09/26/2014
[QUOTE=Wild Bob;25959]Hahaha! LOL.

Funny you should ask that Floyd...ultimately, you could have one, if you could keep it fenced in! A rancher that I'm friends with had one a few years ago. His spread (which is huge) is right next to his brother's ranch. Long story short; he struggled to keep that thing on his place. His brother's cows would come in to heat, and that thing would plow through a 5 strand barb wire fence on 8x8 posts to get to those cows. They had two arguments over that animal - the third time my friend got a call that his bison was out, he pulled up and his brother was standing over the bison which he shot.

Any how, all that said, if you are bored some time; look up a little light reading about the [U]huge fight [/U]going on right now in Montana about free-roaming bison. The natives support it as well as the American Prairie Reserve (a monstrous organization, whose final objectives are not quiet clear). The free roaming bison issue is the biggest battle this area has probably ever seen...way bigger than the pros or cons of the Keystone XL pipeline which could be built right through this area.

Here is a starter for you if you are interested; this is a link to an article that our local resident editor (the editor of Outdoor Life) and friend did on this issue last year. It's an interesting little read... [url]http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/open-country/2013/09/new-bison-war[/url][/QUOTE]

Dude, I worked on a bison ranch in Alaska. They kept the bull in a pen made of railroad ties and big timber. You know, you can buy a steer or cow. Nothing says you have to buy a sex crazed maniacal bull. DUDE!