California Guided Buffalo Hunts

Capture a part of the American West and join Bitterwater Outfitters on the hunt of a lifetime. The buffalo are a free roaming herd on thousands of acres of open rolling hills. This is an exciting hunt in a beautiful area. All buffalo make great European or shoulder mounts and the winter months make beautiful hides. The buffalo meat is one of the healthiest meats and is very good. Trophy bulls have a high chance to score SCI.

The best time to come for shoulder mounts and hides is the first of November through the first of March. The meat is good year round. The 2 year old cows weigh between 450-550lbs. The mature cows weigh between 700-1,000. The bull buffalo on the ranch weigh between 700 and 2,000 lbs. The trophy bulls are classed and priced based on age, weight, and horn size. These animals are judged in the field by glassing. The expected meat yield from a buffalo will vary with the age and weight, amount of finish, and the way that the carcass is cut up. Average yeild ranges from 20-40% of the live weight, but can vary.


Mature Cow Buffalo Hunt: $4500
Bull Buffalo Hunt: $5000-$9,500 depending on size
Non Hunter Guest: $200 per guest
** (gratuity not included)

What to Bring:

  • Good Hiking boots and comfortable clothing
  • .270 or bigger
  • Lead free ammo
  • No license or tag required

What It Includes:

A buffalo hunt includes up to two days of hunting, field dressing and skinning of game. Most of our hunts are concluded on the first day. 

All hunts include:

-Tent or trailer camping on the ranch free of charge
-Access to the shooting range to sight in your gun
-Access to the catch and release fishing pond
-Access to the BBQ and fire pit

Meals are not included. See "Lodging" for additional accommodations.

Buffalo hunts operate year round and can be scheduled weekdays and weekends.

Effective July 1, 2008, the California Fish and Game Commission modified the methods of take to prohibit the use of projectiles containing lead when hunting big game and nongame species in an area designated as the California condor range.

Bitterwater Outfitters is in the condor range and lead free ammo is required. For a list of certified nonlead ammunition, click here


The experience with Bitterwater Outfitters was professional, safe, and had more of a family feel than a commercial feel. I always recommend Bitterwater Outfitters and I’m definitely going to come back. I wouldn’t change a thing.
Tim Layhee