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National Park Service seeking hunters to "thin bison herd"

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/201 ... 656627001/
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service plans to thin a herd of bison in the Grand Canyon through roundups and by seeking volunteers who are physically fit and proficient with a gun to kill the animals that increasingly are damaging park resources.

Some bison would be shipped out of the area and others legally hunted in the adjacent forest. Within the Grand Canyon, shooters would be selected through a lottery to help bring the number of bison roaming the far northern reaches of the park to no more than 200 within three to five years.

About 600 of the animals now live in the region, and biologists say the bison numbers could hit 1,500 within 10 years if left uncontrolled.
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Sign me up baby I got a Sharps all ready to relive the glorious life it predecessors did over 100 years ago.

Damn I'll even break out the buck skins.
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Bison Brisket, Tenderloin, NY Strips and flank...let me count the ways.
I made a Bison Brisket a year ago...my special rub (yes I said it I use a rub on my meat).
Slow-cook in a dutch oven, it was so tender too.
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I would hunt this.
I would like to hunt this.
How. How can I hunt this. Give me a chip.

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volunteers to be capable of hiking eight miles a day, carrying a 60-pound pack and hitting a paper plate 200 yards away five times.
Hey, but Teddy Roosevelt didn't have to huff a 60 pound pack for eight miles. Do they supply the rifle and rounds?
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Now that we've killed off most of the predators, all's that's left is us. Can't have ten million bison stampeding through Tucson, now, can we?

To make it fair, I say the hunt should be done with bow and arrow from horseback. There are some pretty gnarly bows on the market nowadays. The horses get to wear armor, but the hunters do not. Cover it on live TV. Pay per view would clean up. Rollerball...

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Successful hunters will do a lot of hauling to get all that meat out. A pack train of horses seems necessary for that.

I'm not sure if there is much challenge to hunting them otherwise, since I recall their instinctive response to a threat is to circle into a herd and stand their ground.

It does seem like a fun opportunity for a re-enactment of various Native and European-American historical harvesting techniques. A filmmaker could do something interesting with that..Except for the shooting from the train method and leaving them to rot on the prairie...

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Bisbee wrote:
volunteers to be capable of hiking eight miles a day, carrying a 60-pound pack and hitting a paper plate 200 yards away five times.
Hey, but Teddy Roosevelt didn't have to huff a 60 pound pack for eight miles. Do they supply the rifle and rounds?
Is no one yet making a battery powered ATV? If batteries can pull (or push) an automobile 200 miles or so, surely they can run an ATV with trailer 20 miles...
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I'm with CDFingers, primative weapons only on horse back or on foot. I was watching a hunting program on the YouTubes where this bow hunter was on a preserve hunting bison. The guide said "there's one" the hunter turns the corner and theres a buffalo munching on a hay bale. Looked as sporting as drilling a hole in ole Bessy when she's standing at the water trough.

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rascally wrote:
Bisbee wrote:
volunteers to be capable of hiking eight miles a day, carrying a 60-pound pack and hitting a paper plate 200 yards away five times.
Hey, but Teddy Roosevelt didn't have to huff a 60 pound pack for eight miles. Do they supply the rifle and rounds?
Is no one yet making a battery powered ATV? If batteries can pull (or push) an automobile 200 miles or so, surely they can run an ATV with trailer 20 miles...
What? Drive 8 miles...hit a target 5 times at 60 yards and bring 200 paper plates, and a pack? I'll bring a grill and utensils then! :sarcasm:
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CDFingers wrote:Now that we've killed off most of the predators, all's that's left is us. Can't have ten million bison stampeding through Tucson, now, can we?

To make it fair, I say the hunt should be done with bow and arrow from horseback. There are some pretty gnarly bows on the market nowadays. The horses get to wear armor, but the hunters do not. Cover it on live TV. Pay per view would clean up. Rollerball...

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I'll stick with my Sharps.
I would rather see some of these Majestic beasts relocated but it is way more expensive then haven a hunter pay for the right to take one of them.
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FWIW CD. Arrows kill slowly and Bison are ornery.
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^^^ All the more bragging rights.

CD is right. We've got's ta earn the right to take a bison. We've got's ta be men!
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Mason wrote:FWIW CD. Arrows kill slowly and Bison are ornery.
There's a risk, so you have to make a perfect shot, entry and exit sharpened three blade broadhead through the heart and be prepared to run. Fair.

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CDFingers wrote:
Mason wrote:FWIW CD. Arrows kill slowly and Bison are ornery.
There's a risk, so you have to make a perfect shot, entry and exit sharpened three blade broadhead through the heart and be prepared to run. Fair.

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Fair is right. And it could help a bit to thin the largest problem herd as well. Win-win. ;)

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