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hunthigher
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Jul-27-17, 
07:39 PM (MST)
"West Yellowstone either sex buffalo"

Just got a packet saying I drew! Hunt goes till feb 15. I know this hunt has very low success. I live close so I can put in tons of time. I'm just excited to have a chance at a big guy. This is one winter I will pray for snow!

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: West Yello...  FamilyMan      Aug-17-17   1 
 RE: West Yello...  FamilyMan      Jul-02-18   2 
 RE: West Yello...  hunthigher      Jul-03-18   3 
 RE: West Yello...  FamilyMan      Jul-05-18   4 
  RE: West Yello...  hunthigher      Jul-05-18   5 
   RE: West Yello...  happytohunt      Jul-30-18   6 

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FamilyMan
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Aug-17-17, 
02:02 PM (MST)
1. "RE: West Yellowstone either sex buffalo"

Best of luck. Hope you have plenty of friends handy once you put one down.

Mark

My hunting spot is so secret, not even the elk have found it yet.

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FamilyMan
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Jul-02-18, 
05:15 PM (MST)
2. "RE: West Yellowstone either sex buffalo"

So, how did your buffalo season go?

Mark

My hunting spot is so secret, not even the elk have found it yet.

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hunthigher
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Jul-03-18, 
08:48 PM (MST)
3. "RE: West Yellowstone either sex buffalo"

This was a hard hunt! Hardly any snow and the buffs would migrate in and out sporadically. One herd was on private land almost every time I went out. After about 12 trips to the unit they finally moved off private in Jan long enough for me and my youngest to walk across the frozen lake to seal the deal that evening. My boy said "This is so cool!" I called my brother in law to bring a sled and after all the work we hit the sack about 1 AM. The meat is the best ever. It was an old cow with a broken horn and a way cool hide! 10 ft nose to tail.

The gut was almost impossible for me to move by myself, it must weigh 200 pounds.

The gas station attendants on the corner don't love hunters. They told me I wasn't hunting, I was stalking a couch. The gas station across from the corner likes hunters.

The Buffalo Field Campaign people are very devoted, they are out every morning monitoring the roads and watching the hunters. They all drive subarus with cb antennas.

They are amazingly tough animals, three 180 grain 300 win mag shots right in the chest from 30 yards and she never even flinched.

There was a yearling bull but he was probably 500 pounds lighter than the old cow. I wanted a large rug and tons of meat so the decision was easy.

A wolf pack was howling the whole time I was taking care of the buff!

There are some super fun sledding hills between west yellowstone and the madison river for kids when you are waiting for buffs.


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FamilyMan
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Jul-05-18, 
09:18 AM (MST)
4. "RE: West Yellowstone either sex buffalo"

I glad for you that you got your buff. I'm sure the meat is wonderful. Thanks for the story and pics.

I am curious whether the Buffalo Field Campaign people affected your hunting experience. Did it feel like they were looking over your shoulder, perhaps making you feel a bit uneasy; or did they attempt to hinder you in any way?

Mark

My hunting spot is so secret, not even the elk have found it yet.

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hunthigher
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Jul-05-18, 
12:24 PM (MST)
5. "RE: West Yellowstone either sex buffalo"

It didn't feel like they were hindering, but they were there every morning. They would smile and wave after I did the same, but I'm sure they were writing my car down every time they saw me. They would disappear every day around noon. When I got my buff they were long gone. They were like spotters for me, if they lingered in an area I could be pretty sure there were tracks or buff nearby. I never saw them push the buff to private but I had some suspicion. Overall my hat is off to them, very devoted to the buff, they are like extra game wardens that drive subarus.

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Jul-30-18, 
07:26 AM (MST)
6. "RE: West Yellowstone either sex buffalo"

Congratulations on your hunt with your son...What great memories ....hth

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