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Wyoming 2007 Bison Season Re-Cap

February 20, 2008.

Hunters killed 266 bison during the 2007 Wyoming bison season, close to the harvest objective of 300. The hunt occurs near the town of Jackson in northwestern Wyoming.

In past years, hunting has taken place on National Forest land adjacent to the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park. Both the Refuge and Park have been off-limits to bison hunting, limiting hunter opportunity (particularly for cows) when the bison stay on the park.

In 2007, for the first time in 17 years, the National Elk Refuge was opened to bison hunting in order to meet population reduction goals.

Hunters killed 85 bull bison and 137 cow bison on the Refuge, as well as 27 bulls and 17 cows on the National Forest.

With the expanded opportunities in 2007, some big bulls were taken, including one taken by Ed Riekens of Cheyenne that was a potential world record contender. The bull, known to local hunters as "Old Lonesome," did not take the top spot when officially scored, but should still be in the top 10. Look for an update on the details when Boone & Crockett publishes the official score.

You have until February 29th to apply for the 2008 hunt. I beat the tough (1 in 90) draw odds and did this hunt in 2005, and I highly recommend it.

To apply, you'll need the WY application booklet.

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