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Outfitter Review - Sanders Ranch

Submit Date: Dec 17, 2009

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Sanders Ranch

Outfitter / Contact: Mark Sanders

Location: South Dakota, USA

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: American Bison

Game Quality: very nice animals

Game Quantity: nice herd

Accomodations: N/A

Camp Condition: N/A

Food Quality: N/A

Guide Experience: very good

Other Personal Experience: very good

Review Information

Hunter: Barry Stephan



Would Recommend: yes

Overall Impression: good time

This was a shoot more than a hunt (probably not much different from buffalo shoots of the 1800s). After investigating various buffalo operations, I realized that getting a truly 'wild' buffalo can be a high dollar proposition, and while not 'stupid' buffalo (or more correctly - bison) are a herd animal with a set of instincts inherent in their nature. So, the Sanders have a herd of buffalo in the Black Hills and I got one. This consisted of hiking over a hill or two and the buffalo where nice enough to be curious about us on the next hill, maybe 200 yards away. A heart shot with a 7mm Rem mag took the critter down, nice 18 month old animal. Mark is very good at guiding and at the same time doesn't hyperventilate about the little stuff (the stuff that happens). The primary purpose of this venture was to get meat in the freezer, and I am not disappointed. This is an animal in excellent condition with very tasty meat. As bison is lean, maybe my cholestoral will continue to go down (as the moose and halibut diet did for me). I spent three days touristing around while the butcher got the buf cut up. This was a great experience, may have to do this again some time.

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