Buffalo hunting is fully guided by the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Recreation. Permit fees include a guide, field dressing your buffalo and transportation to a local locker (if desired). Buffalo hunts take place in one of three units encompassing over 6,000 acres: the Big Game Unit, Huston Unit or Cherry Ranch. Hunts are generally completed in one day. Follow this link to apply online; lottery application period for Fall hunts is January 1 - April 15.
Three types of bull hunts will be available: "Management Bulls" will be in the 5-6 year old range and weigh around 1200-1600 pounds; they are big but not quite true trophy class. In comparison, the "Young Bull" hunts are generally for 2-4 year old bulls weighing 700-1100 pounds while the "Trophy Bulls" are 7+ years old and will weigh around 2,000 pounds.
The price structure for buffalo hunts for 2023 is as follows:
Tribal Member Affiliate Non-member
Cow $500 $1250 $1875
Young Bull $500 $1500 $2500
Management Bull $1000 $2000 $3250
Trophy Bull $1500 $2250 $4000
Buffalo hunting season is October 7, 2023 - January 31, 2024.
The lottery application deadline is April 15 for all hunters.