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Delta Bison Hunter Orientation

Introduction

Photo of a successful bison hunter Hunting free-ranging, wild plains bison in Alaska is one of the most unique big game hunting opportunities on the continent. The information on this website is designed to help prepare hunters for this challenging endeavor.

Many people incorrectly assume that hunting bison is easy. However, hunting these animals can be more complicated than hunting other Alaska big game. Bison are herding animals, with massive bodies, and they can be difficult to kill. Unless a hunter has an either-sex permit, the hunter must distinguish cows from bulls; this is not as easy a task as one might think. Another challenge is that much of the scheduled hunting for bison occurs in winter with cold, dark, and windy weather. In addition, as with many other types of hunting, hunters must obtain landowner permission to hunt on private or otherwise restricted lands. The key to successful bison hunting is taking the time to do it right.

If you are a drawing permit winner for a Delta bison hunt, congratulations! You will receive an orientation packet in the mail from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). As indicated in that packet, you must study for, and pass, the Delta Bison Hunter Orientation Quiz on this website and receive your certificate of completion in order to be eligible to hunt. Please read the following pages carefully.