Buffalo Hunting: Techniques, Equipment & Safety Tips

Carly Brasseux // April 28

Buffalo hunting is a popular activity among hunters – come on… it's exciting and challenging! It involves tracking and chasing wild bison in their natural habitat. This activity is not only thrilling but also provides an opportunity to observe the animals in their natural environment. It offers hunters a unique experience that is both physically and mentally challenging.

Buffalo hunting is the act of pursuing and hunting buffalo, also known as bison, for sport or for food. It was a common practice in the 19th century, when buffalo were hunted to near extinction. Today, buffalo hunting is strictly regulated and only allowed in certain areas with proper permits and licenses. It is often done as a form of conservation, to manage the buffalo population and prevent overgrazing.

Let's also note that what we in America call buffalo, are actually bison. I mean, bison are truly a nostalgic animal. They represent so much of our history.

Techniques for a Successful Buffalo Hunt

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Buffalo hunting is an age-old practice that has been used by many cultures around the world. It requires skill, patience, and knowledge of the animal’s behavior in order to be successful. We will cover topics such as tracking, stalking, and proper equipment. With these tips in mind, you can increase your chances of a successful hunt.

Buffalo Tracking Tips

One of the most important skills you'll need is tracking. Tracking allows you to see how where they've been and determine whether or not they are in the area you plan to hunt. After finding tracks, follow them until you find where it comes and goes. This can give you a general idea of where the buffalo is moving and from which direction it might be headed.

You'll have to cover a lot of ground, but you can also note they can be a bit harder to hide (because of their size) than other animals. Look for droppings, too.

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Essential Equipment

Hunting for buffalo can be a fun and exciting experience, but it is important to ensure that you are properly equipped. Having the right gear will not only make your hunt more enjoyable but also help keep you safe. From firearms to camo, here are some essential pieces of equipment that every buffalo hunter should have.

  • Rifle – a rifle is essential for accurate and safe hunting because it provides the range, power, and accuracy needed to kill any animal.
  • Ammunition
  • Spotting scope – this allows you to hunt at longer ranges and makes spotting more challenging targets easier.

What are the Best Places to Go on a Buffalo Hunt?

  • Yellowstone National Park:: Yellowstone is the best place to go on a buffalo hunt in North America. It has been home to the largest number of bison herds in the world, and still holds more than 20,000 wild bison today. The country’s first national park was designed with buffalo hunting within its borders, so if you’re looking for this thrilling experience and a great story to tell at home, Yellowstone is your best bet.
  • Yukon Territory:: The Yukon Territory is an amazing place for buffalo hunting as well!
  • Utah:: Utah maintains two bison herds with private hunting ranches. Many of these bison roam the vast landscape of in northern Utah.
  • South Dakota

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About the Author

Carly Brasseux

Carly Brasseux is a determined and passionate freelance outdoor writer, published author, business owner and social media/marketing consultant based in Texas. In a world where women are the fastest growing segment of the hunting population, she is a major proponent of those women wanting to learn more about the outdoors and hunting. Her handle, Miss Pursuit, is an expression of her enthusiasm for all things outdoors, from educating women through her experiences learning to hunt over the last decade, to getting out with her kids to explore the wild. Her expertise in social media and marketing, as well as her vast network of people in the outdoor industry, have given her the influence to make an impact for years to come. Member of the Mule Deer Foundation, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Stewards of the Wild and the Texas Wildlife Association.