RDR2 American Bison

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Red Dead Redemption II: American Bison Hunting Guide

RDR2 American BisonThe Red Dead Redemption 2 Bison or American Buffalo is a massive-sized animal you can hunt while playing the video game developed by Rockstar Studios for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

If you follow the game’s story you’ll be able to hunt your first RDR2 Bison during a Companion Activity you can complete for Charles in Chapter 2.

The American Buffalo in Red Dead Redemption II has three variations. Two of them are Legendary Animals, while the third is the common one you can track and hunt in the areas outlined on our map below.

Our Red Dead Redemption 2 hunting guide reveals the best weapons you can use to take down this large animal. Furthermore, you can see the complete list of crafting materials you can gather from an American Buffalo, and how to use them properly.


“The American Bison is native to the plains of New Hanover and West Elizabeth. As a herbivore, it grazes on grains, hay, and corn. Due to the size of an average bison, high powered weapons like a Carcano Rifle, or a Bow with Improved Arrows, should also be considered when hunting. Bison meat can be used for cooking.”

General Information

Animal Family: Bovidae
Size: Massive
Class: Mammals
Scientific Name: Bison Bison
Variations: Legendary White Bison, Legendary Tatanka Bison
Huntable: Y
Skinnable: Y
Similar Animals: Grizzly Bear, American Black Bear, Moose, Elk

American Bison Location & Habitat

RDR2 American Buffalo Location Map

American Bison Hunting Spots

Recommended Hunting Weapons & Ammo

The table below features the best Red Dead Redemption 2 weapons and ammo choices for scoring perfect quality kills on American Bisons.

Weapon Type: Ammo:
Bow Improved Arrow
Poison Arrow
Throwable  Poison Throwing Knife
Rifle Regular
Split Point
High Velocity
Sniper (Scoped) Rifle Regular
Split Point
High Velocity
Shotgun  Slug

American Buffalo Parts & Crafting Materials

Depending on the quality of your kill you can obtain the following crafting materials and parts. These parts can be sold (see the price table below); or used at the Trapper, Fence or for Camp Upgrades.


Material: Sell Price: Kill Quality:
Perfect Bison Fur $5.00 Perfect
Good Bison Fur $3.00 Good
Poor Bison Fur $2.00 Poor
Prime Beef $0.60 Any
Bison Horn $0.75 Any
Legendary Tatanka Bison Pelt $32.50 Any
Legendary Tatanka Bison Horn Can’t be sold Any
Legendary White Bison Pelt $32.50 Any
Legendary White Bison Horn Can’t be sold Any

American Bison Meat Cooking Recipes

With the meat you obtain from any RDR2 American Bison; you can cook the following recipes using a variety of aromatic herbs. These recipes require a cooking fire available when you set your camp.

Recipe Name: Ingredient(s): Effect:
Plain Prime Beef Prime Beef Joint x1 Greatly restores all Cores
Thyme Prime Beef Prime Beef Joint x1, Creeping Thyme x1 Fully restores Dead Eye Core, greatly restores Health Core and Stamina Core
Oregano Prime Beef Prime Beef Joint x1, Oregano x1 Fully restores Stamina Core, greatly restores Health Core and Dead Eye Core
Minty Prime Beef Prime Beef Joint x1, Wild Mint x1 Fully restores Health Core, greatly restores Stamina Core and Dead Eye Core

RDR2 American Bison Crafting Guide

When you successfully kill a buffalo; you can use the parts obtained from skinning as crafting materials.

Take them to the locations listed below in order to craft unique items.

Location: Item Name: Cost: Required Materials:
Trapper  Legendary White Bison Hat $45.00 Legendary White Bison Pelt
Legendary Boar & Bison Fowlers $37.00 Legendary Boar Pelt, Legendary Tatanka Bison Pelt
Legendary Bison Batwing Chaps $32.00 Legendary Tatanka Bison Pelt
Legendary Bison Vest $30.00 Legendary Tatanka Bison Pelt
Legendary White Bison Coat $29.00 Legendary White Bison Pelt
Legendary Bear Coat $28.00 Legendary Bear Pelt, Perfect Bison Pelt
Bison Gambler’s Hat $18.00 Perfect Bison Pelt, Robin Feather x4, Oriole Feather x4
Plantation Slouch Hat $15.00 Perfect Bison Pelt
Fence Bison Horn Talisman $38.50 Abalone Shell Fragment, Silver Earring, Legendary Bison Horn
Tatanka Bison Horn Trinket $16.75 Legendary Tatanka Bison Horn
Camp (Pearson) Fur Horse Blankets Free Perfect Coyote Pelt x2, Perfect Bison Pelt
Provisions Satchel Upgrade Provision Ledger to Level 3 Perfect Deer Pelt, Perfect Bison Pelt, Perfect Raccoon Pelt

Hunting Tips

Because of its size, the Bison is easily spotted in the wild. At the locations on our map, you’ll most likely find large herds of buffalos. For this animal, you don’t need to use Herbivore Bait, but a scoped rifle is recommended in order to get a clean kill.

Aim for the head and you’ll be able to kill this animal with a single shot.

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