Bison killed in Wyo. could set record
September 26, 2007
JACKSON, Wyo. ” A bison known as “Old Lonesome” stands to break an 82-year-old record after a hunter killed it in western Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest.
The bison’s horns measured 32 inches from tip to tip and 18 and 19 inches individually, giving the animal a hunting score of 140-2/8. The previous record, a bison killed in Yellowstone National Park in 1925, scored 136-4/8.
For the record to become official, the bison’s head will need to dry for 60 days.
E.D. Riekens Jr., of Cheyenne, shot the bison near Spread Creek on Sept. 18.
“When I saw this guy, it was like I was looking at a dinosaur or a mammoth,” Riekens said. “This guy was just so different and massive and huge. There was no question about whether I would hold off. It just had to be done.”
Johnie Filbeck, who makes a business of helping people move the big game they’ve hunted, said he was familiar with Old Lonesome. He started calling the bison that name years ago, when he noticed that the bull almost always grazed apart from other buffalo.
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“Old Lonesome ain’t lonesome no more,” Filbeck said.
Riekens said he killed Old Lonesome with one bullet.
“I was getting closer and closer waiting for an opportunity,” he said. “Finally, he gave me the perfect chance, and I didn’t hesitate for a second. He was dead before I let go of the trigger, which is a good thing.”
Riekens said he’s got extra freezers ready to store the meat.
“I’ve got a long list of friends and family I’m going to share it with,” he said. “We’re going to have a big old barbecue.”
The Jackson Bison Herd has grown to around 1,200 animals, damaging plants in Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge and reducing natural forage for elk and moose. Hunting began this year on the refuge, where managers ultimately hope to reduce the bison herd to 500.