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Definitions

Bull means an adult male bison.

Calf means young-of-the-year bison.

Cow means an adult female bison.

National Elk Refuge Permit means a permit that allows a properly licensed wild bison hunter to access the National Elk Refuge to take an bison.

Wild Bison Priority List means random lists generated from all bison applicants for the current harvest year.

Recreational Hunting Season Established
and Effective Date

When the Department determines a wild bison recreational hunting opportunity exists, there shall be a wild bison recreational hunting season as established in accordance with Section 5 through Section 19 of the Wild Bison Recreational Hunting Regulation

Supervision of Licensees

Wild bison recreational hunting may be done under the supervision or direction of Department personnel.

Notification

(a) Applications shall be notified by mail of their placement on the wild bison priority list by the Department.

(b) Applicants on the wild bison priority list shall be notified by mail or by telephone, in order of their priority ranking, when the Department determines a wild bison recreational hunting opportunity may exist. The notification shall be mailed a minimum of five (5) days immediately prior to the scheduled wild bison hunting season.

(c) At the Department's discretion, additional notifications may be made by mail or by telephone. If telephone calls are made, the calls shall be done by the Department during the evening hours between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Mountain Time. If telephone calls are made, a minimum of three (3) attempts by telephone shall be made that evening and the subsequent evening to contact and notify any individual applicant. Notification attemps shall be spaced at a minimum of one-half (1/2) hour intervals. Department personnel must speak directly to the applicant during the notification call. If an individual cannot be contacted, the next individual on the list shall be notified and those who could not be contacted shall retain their positions on the wild bison priority list.

Selection of Bison to be Harvested

Hunters may be directed by Department personnel to take a specific age class of wild bison in a specific geographic portion of a hunt area, during a specific time period or by a specific method of take in order to meet the Department's management objectives. Numbers and age classes of wild bison available when the applicant arrives may differ from those available at the time of the notification call or letter. Issuance of a wild bison license provides the licensee an opportunity to hunt a wild bison; it does not guarantee that a licensee shall harvest a wild bison.

Wild Bison Hunting Orientation Information

Applicants selected to participate in the wild bison recreational hunting season shall be provided wild bison hunting orientation information in a manner determined by the Department.

Legal Methods of Take

Wild bison shall be taken by the use of legal firearms, archery equipment and muzzle-loading firearms.

Licensing

Licenses shall be issued upon payment by the applicant of the proper license fee at the Department Regional Office administering the wild bison recreational hunt. A license must be purchased prior to participating in the wild bison recreational hunt. A conservation stamp shall be in possession of the licensee while exercising the privileges under the wild bison license.

National Elk Refuge Permits

A National Elk Refuge permit is required prior to hunting wild bison on the National Elk Refuge and shall be in possession of the hunter while hunting wild bison on the National Elk Refuge. A limited number of permits shall be available to hunt wild bison on the National Elk Refuge. Permits shall be issued by the Department to licensed wild bison hunters in the order of their placement on the wild bison priority list and shall be valid only for specified dates. Alternate permits may become available throughout the hunting season depending upon harvest and management objectives.

Mandatory Reporting

Within three (3) consecutive days (seventy-two (72) hours) after taking a wild bison, or after the hunter concludes hunting wild bison for the season, the licensee shall submit a completed hunter information card to the Department Regional Office where the wild bison was harvested. For successful hunters, the hunter information card shall include the licensee's name, license number, date of harvest, total number of days hunted, the sex and age class (adult, yearling, calf) of the wild bison harvested, the drainage and the legal description of where the bison was harvested to include section, range and township or UTM coordinates. Successful hunters shall also supply biological samples as required by the Department. For unsuccessful hunters, the hunter information card shall included licensee's name, license number and total number of days hunted.

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