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Buffalo/Bison Hunting

Buffalo Hunting, Bison Hunting in South Dakota

Some of today's outdoorsmen have the urge to take one of America's largest plains animal. . . the American Bison! Jim River Guide Service provides an avenue to accomplish this. Bison, sometimes called buffalo, provide gorgeous mounts, extremely warm rugs, and excellent, lean table fair.

Buffalo are very big and extremely hearty. For this reason, we recommend a caliber of 30-06 as a minimum with a .300 Winchester Magnum as a better choice. Heavier calibers also work well.

Due to the nature of buffalo hunting, no license is required and success is guaranteed. Jim River Guide Service will do everything we can to ensure you an enjoyable experience with excellent photos, video, meat, and rug/head mount. It is essential to book the trip to take place in the months of November, December, January or February. Our experience has shown us that those are the best months for tanning the hide or cape.

Our buffalo hunts provide the shooter with 100% of the buffalo. In other outfits, the shooter is only entitled to a portion of the buffalo. With us, you retain ownership of the whole animal: hide, skull, meat and all!

You will be given excellent instructions on preparation of the meat for the table. Buffalo requires special considerations when cooking to insure delicious meals. As with the pheasant and whitetail hunting out of our outfit, buffalo meat will be served for supper and/or dinner occasionally during your stay.

Unless other arrangements are made, I will be your guide. In a perfect world, an employee would care about the business as much as the owner. Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world. I do all of my own guiding unless other arrangements are made. It is comforting for you to know that the guy who is cashing your check (me) is the same guy who will accompany you in the field (me). I put my reputation on the line every time I cash a check. If you have ever paid a lot of money for a guided hunt only to be sent out with a sub-par(drunk/lazy/brother-in-law that just lost his job/etc) guide, you will know why this is so important.  If you haven't ever experienced being assigned to a poor guide, you will probably take your chances until you do.....then you will insist on hunting with the owner.

There are several questions you need to ask a prospective outfitter about your buffalo hunt to insure you are not disappointed with your experience. Here is a list of questions I feel you should ask:

  1. Are the buffalo behind a high fence?
  2. How old is the trophy bull?
  3. How much will the trophy bull weigh?
  4. Do I keep the meat, hide, skull, etc.?
  5. Do you have a video I can see?
  6. What is the cost and what services are included?

Once you compare the answers, you can make an informed decision as to which outfitter best fits your expectations.

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 When researching a hunt, you should ask to speak with ALL of the clients who hunted the same time you are considering hunting the previous year.  It is foolish to consider booking a hunt with an outfitter before you speak with hunters who have hunted the same time and place during the previous season.  It is important to know ahead of time what you are getting for your money. About 30% of my current business is repeat business and each year repeat business grows.  This is because I show my clients a great time. I am proud of the attention I give each client before, during, and after the hunt.  Most importantly, DON'T CONSIDER BOOKING A HUNT WITH ANYONE THAT IS NOT WILLING TO GIVE YOU PHONE NUMBERS AND/OR EMAIL ADDRESSES OF ALL OF THEIR CLIENTS FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. 

Give us a chance to fulfill your dream of taking an American Bison by calling us at 605-887-3561 or e-mail us through this website.



Buffalo Hunt Pricing


A 50% non-refundable deposit will reserve your hunt.

All Inclusive Super Trophy Bull Hunt ... $7,100

All Inclusive Trophy Bull Hunt ... $6,100

Meat Bulls ... $5,100


Contact Information


Please call or e-mail me with any questions or to get a list of ALL my clients from last year.
Jim River Guide Service
Willie Dvorak
432 Railway Avenue
Mellette, SD 57461

Phone: 605-887-3561
E-mail: wdvorak@nvc.net