The American Bison, also called the buffalo, is one of the few legendary animals of North America. For a select few hunters, tagging one of these animals is a dream, and one of the ultimate tests of your hunting sportsmanship skills.
Once you’ve set your sights on adding one of these majestic creatures to your trophy collection, the question becomes where and how you’ll hunt it. We’ve scoured the country for the best ranches to give you the best experience, both hunting and relaxing.
Ox Ranch is a step above the common hunting ranch for those who want more than simply a place to hunt. The accommodations are top-notch, with luxurious leather furniture and incredibly comfortable beds. You’ll also have some of the best food you’ve experienced while staying here, and have an assortment of other activities when you’re not hunting your bison, including night vision hog hunting.
The ranch boasts 18,000 acres, and has about 20 head of bison on the ranch’s property, including the more rare white buffalo. Your hunting package is all-inclusive, so you don’t have to worry about lodging, meals, or finding an experienced hunting guide. You can even use one of the ranch’s rifles if you prefer not to bring one of your own if you prefer.
Champion Ranch brings an entire resort experience to your buffalo hunt. You’ll certainly enjoy your hunting experience with one of the Ranch’s professional guides, who are themselves lifelong hunters. You’ll aim to tag a trophy between 800-2,000 lbs, with an animal up to 25 years old.
While at the ranch, you’ll enjoy 5-star accommodations no matter what lodging option you choose. You’ll find ample opportunity to relax with the cigar lounge, one of the three unique bars, live music, and so much more. You’ll satisfy your craving for spectacular food with the game dishes prepared by Executive Chef Aaron Chavez.
Montgomery Properties Ranch
The Montgomery family has over 6 generations’ experience in ranching, including both habitat and wildlife management. The success of this program has resulted in the success our hunters have enjoyed during their trips.
Your bison hunting package is all-inclusive, providing your lodging, chef-prepared hunting trip favorites, a guide for your hunt, and a stocked bar for afterward. You’ll also have access to the on-site rifle and archery range and trophy bass fishing. You’ll wonder why you waited to visit Montgomery Properties Ranch.
The Bison Ranch Lodge & Outfitters
Get out of the south, and take your hunt to the northern plains of North Dakota, where bison used to roam freely. Here you’ll find The Bison Ranch, about 2.5 hours west of Fargo, ND. The ranch has operated continuously since the 1920s, and have over 30 years experience in the bison industry.
The hunt is unlike any other experience you’ll have anywhere else. The expert guides are dedicated to helping you harvest an incredible animal to fill your freezer, not to mention take a trophy. The focus is on helping you take the best shot to humanely harvest your trophy, and preserve the most usable meat.
They even have a full state-approved butchering facility to prepare your harvest for an additional fee. Your lodge has a fully equipped kitchen so that you can prepare meals of your choosing.
Rockin’ 7 Ranch
Moving a little further west, you’ll find Rockin’ 7 Ranch about two hours north of Cheyenne, WY. Your stay at Rockin’ 7 is where rustic meets comfort, bringing the best of the old-fashioned wood lodge to the modern hunting experience.
For this hunt, you’ll have the pick of the herd, with about 140 total heads to choose from, both cow and bull. You pick the one you want, and your guide helps you stalk close enough to get a clean shot, usually within about 100 yards. Your package includes both lodging, all meals, and your guide fees. There are no hidden trophy fees while hunting on Rockin’ 7 Ranch. Meat processing and taxidermy are not included in these packages.
West Canyon Ranch
For a more mountainous experience, head over to the West Canyon Ranch, tucked away in the northern Wasatch Mountains in Utah. There are two cabins housing guests, both of which offer you the comfort you’re longing for while experiencing a hunt. The packages include lodging, meals, beverages, airport transportation and field care. You’ll even enjoy the signature 50oz tomahawk steak on your last night at the ranch.
Your trophy hunt will give you the opportunity to take a 6-10 year old bull. This will not only give you an incredible trophy of your choice, but will fill your freezer with some incredible meat. On West Canyon Ranch, you’re free to use your weapon of choice, including rifle, muzzle-loader, bow and arrow, or crossbow.
Caryonah Hunting Lodge
Forget having to head out west to get an opportunity to have a quality buffalo hunt. Caryonah Hunting Loge is located about 75 miles west of Knoxville, TN. You’ll have the choice between the luxury cabin for groups of up to 22 people, or one of the 10 rooms in the hunting lodge. In either setting your stay is comfortable, with high-speed Internet access, flat-screen TV with cable, comfy leather furniture, and Italian-tiles showers. You’ll also have an all-you-can-eat breakfast and lunch provided throughout your stay.
Most hunts at Caryonah are in close range due to thick brush and heavy cover. You’ll likely have your opportunity in under 100 yards, many within about 50 yards, making this one of the most exhilarating hunts you’ll experience. Your guide will even haul your harvest into the ranch’s walk-in cooler.
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