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Trophy Buffalo

The hunt is a management tool to remove the oldest breeding bulls from of the herd of Custer State Park. These bulls are typically 10+ years old. After the summer rut, these bulls leave the herd and winter by themselves or in small groups throughout the park.

The bulls are Boone & Crocket eligible. Entries in the Boone & Crocket records are shown as "Custer County, SD." A typical bull will weigh about 2,000 pounds. The meat, hide and head are all the property of the hunter. Typically, bison will dress 50% from live weight to hot hanging weight. From hot hanging carcass to boneless packaged meat will be 60% of carcass.

Local taxidermists are available to prepare a cape for shipping or for complete service in mounting the animal. Contact them early

Season and hunt Information