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Bison Trophic Hunt

Note 1: The date and location posted for this hunt are hypothetical. Bison can be hunted year-round. It's up to the hunter to choose the place and time.

Hunting the Vermejo Park Ranch is extremely expensive - though worth every penny. There are, however, much less-expensive hunts available at other ranches in other states. As with everything else at The Men's Club, it's all up to the members.

Note 2: The hunter can expect anywhere from 200 to 500 lbs of meat from his (sic) bison (depending on shot placement and the animal's age), and so should be prepared to store (i.e.. freeze) a considerable amount of meat for a considerable period of time.

Note 3: This is a "Trophic Hunt". That means that it is designed to maintain (or even enhance) trophic balance within the micro-ecosystem of the ranch. Should the hunter wish to retain, in addition to the meat, any bison by-products, such as a shoulder mount, skull & horns, robe, back-skin, etc., that is certainly an option ... and highly recommended ... though of quartiary significance ... (after the plains-restoration aspect, the trophic aspect and the meat).

Note 4: If every meat-eating American hunted a single bison over the course of his or her lifetime, the Great Plains could be restored to pristine wilderness in less than a century, and the Bison herd restored to its original population of 40 million animals.

This is based on the idea that an increase in demand for hunting opportunities will invariably result in an increase in the supply of hunting opportunities; or, in other words: More Bison Hunters equals more Bison Ranches equals fewer Commodity-Crop farms and fewer Center-Pivot Irrigation Systems (and, hopefully, fewer golf-courses), which, in toto, means (ultimately) the restoration of The Great Plains. 

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Turner Ranches: Turner Enterprises manages over 51,000 bison across the various ranches. With approximately two million acres of personal and ranch land, Ted Turner is the second largest individual landholder in North America. Turner lands are innovatively managed to unite economic viability with ecological sustainability. Turner ranches operate as working businesses, relying on bison and hunting/fishing/nature tourism as principal enterprises. In addition, Turner ranches support many progressive environmental projects including water resource and timber management, and the reintroduction of native species to the land.

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