Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes

Off-Reservation Bison Hunt

Updates to Regulations

Latest Update as of 9-12-18

Yellowstone Bison Hunt

September 2018 through January 2019
Updates, Reminders and Revised Regulations

This is a Treaty Hunt and bad choices made by individuals and their actions can jeopardize our Treaty Rights and the bison hunt for other Tribes and the State as well. During the past bison hunt seasons, numerous incidents and violations have occurred with hunters. Please carefully review these main regulations and updates:

  • default_titleAny hunter convicted of violating any CSKT Tribal or Federal law, when engaged in the Yellowstone Bison Hunt, will lose their respective bison hunting privileges for a minimum of one year and may be revoked for additional years depending upon the violation. Additionally, no hunter shall be eligible for a permit for the bison hunt season until all outstanding citations for violations of prior Yellowstone Bison Hunts have been resolved, including fulfillment of all sanctions imposed upon the hunter by the Tribal Court and/or Tribal Council.
  • default_titleThis is a Bison targeted hunt, please refrain from taking other species near the Park, especially Moose or Elk (State has limited or closed most of it's hunting of Moose near the Park due to extreme low numbers).
  • default_titleTribal Council authorized two hunt permits per hunter if needed, but you must have the capacity to care for what you harvest or you will lose that privilege.
  • default_titlePlease harvest bull bison only in West Yellowstone.
  • default_titleYou can only hunt on Forest Service property, know your hunt location and Forest Service use regulations for motorized use (off-roading, snowmobiling & ATVs): Forest Service enforces a 150 yard no shooting zone surrounding any developed facilities or sites and a safe food storage standards in bear country (no gut piles within 200 yards of roads and facilities until December 1st).
  • default_titleForest Service closed lands east of Highway 191 and north the town of West Yellowstone to all shooting and other lands above the town of Gardiner and near Beattie Gulch have no shooting restrictions.
  • default_titleDo not leave a downed bison unattended or leave gut plies on or next to open roads ( cut stomach (rumen) open when departing to spread/lower gut pile). There is a small 200 yard clean zone area (no gut piles) from the Yellowstone Trail Road east into Beattie Gulch.
  • default_titleIt is illegal to snowmobile without a groomed trail permit and on public roads open to wheeled (cars) traffic, other than in the town site of West Yellowstone.
  • default_titleCooperate with all law enforcement officers, stop at hunter checkpoints, and help other hunters in the field when possible.
  • default_titleAll Gardiner Basin hunters need to know the Beattie Gulch Special Permit Hunt Area and regulations.
  • default_titleCall our Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation Office (883-2888, ext. 7299) for updates before you go and after harvesting a bison, the hunt report card must be turned into the office within 7 days.
  • default_titleThe world is always watching you, act accordingly - Non-CSKT members must be clear of you while you are engaged in the taking (shooting) of a Bison.
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REMEMBER: There is a West Yellowstone fee for a permit for groomed snowmobile trails.

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