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View Poll Results: Will you apply for the January archery bison hunt?
Nope 15 38.46%
No way 2 5.13%
Of course not 2 5.13%
Absolutely not 13 33.33%
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Old 02-04-2021, 06:34 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I'd try it. What have you got to lose? Like others have said, better to go out swinging then just sitting on the couch building points.
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Old 02-05-2021, 02:05 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I only voted no because I can't draw one of these bison tags anyway. But if I were sitting on sub 15 points I would seriously consider this.
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Old 02-10-2021, 11:47 AM   #23 (permalink)
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People are apparently shooting elk at 100 yards with modern archery equipment. Bison offer a big target, probably could make it happen out to 150 yards. Why not hunt them in the winter? Heck, even with a bad shot you will still be able to track them with all the snow to help........
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Have you been on the Henry Mountains in January and seen where the bison go to winter?

Their wintering area and access into it is the big factor.
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Have you been on the Henry Mountains in January and seen where the bison go to winter?

Their wintering area and access into it is the big factor.
Yep. Tracking a poorly hit bison with a bow at 150 yards in those conditions should be no problem at all!

What could possibly go wrong...
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Old 02-10-2021, 01:48 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Have you been on the Henry Mountains in January and seen where the bison go to winter?

Their wintering area and access into it is the big factor.
Not really. Itís fairly easy hiking, itís just a long dam ways in there. If youíre in shape, itís not too bad at all. Itís not great either, but definitely do-able.
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Not really. Itís fairly easy hiking, itís just a long dam ways in there. If youíre in shape, itís not too bad at all. Itís not great either, but definitely do-able.
I suggest that you take a trip down there this upcoming weekend and take a look, that is if you can get down to Cave Flat or Tarantula Mesa even this year with very little snow.
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Old 02-10-2021, 02:29 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I had a friend report back that they could drive anywhere they wanted on that mountain in January, Except where they close the cave flat road to vehicles, so your best bet is to walk from capital reef in.
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I suggest that you take a trip down there this upcoming weekend and take a look, that is if you can get down to Cave Flat or Tarantula Mesa even this year with very little snow.
I’ve played the Henry’s late bison game several times. Two of those times we had piles of snow. Getting to tarantula Mesa isn’t hard if you have a 4x4 with good tires and a little experience on snow covered back roads. This weekend won’t be any different other than I bet I could do 30-40 mph most of the way instead of 15-20 mph. You can’t get to cave flat this time of year in a truck, the road is closed.

I’ve also played the swap mesa game several times. Hiked in and out of there multiple times, spent all day up there, constantly moving. Also packed them out on my back in multiple trips, 8 miles 1 way. When I say this hunt is do able, I’m telling you it’s do-able. If you are in shape and are ok with walking long distances before you’d even get into an area that you MIGHT start seeing bison.
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Old 02-10-2021, 04:36 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Have you been on the Henry Mountains in January and seen where the bison go to winter?

Their wintering area and access into it is the big factor.
If that was directed at me than the answer is yes. But honestly I was just trolling with my previous post lol. I suck at this trolling thing almost as much as I suck at hunting.

Everyone said the Bison would be in the wilderness areas like cave flat and such. We found them up high.....

It was a fun trip that I will never forget, we about drove the old toyota off a bluff.
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