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September 16, 2016

Remembering Jim Harrison on National Cheeseburger Day

The first time I met Jim Harrison was at a dinner he was hosting at Chatham’s restaurant in Livingston, Montana with Russell Chatham, painter and restaurant owner. Guy De la Valdene, another author, falconer, and friend was doing research for a new book on falconry, and a few friends decided to gather and discuss. The dinner was the first rendezvous of our two-day stay. In addition to the above mentioned, their family members joined us too, as well as famous chef and good friend of Jim’s, Mario Batali.

Buffalo Bacon Cheeseburger

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September 13, 2016

The amazing thing about prairie grass

Wild Idea had the privilege earlier this summer of hosting students bound for their senior year at The Westminster Christian Academy. This visit was part of the school’s “Restoration on the Plains” summer seminar.

Dan took the young scholars out to one of our pastures where the conversation turned to an often under appreciated benefit of perennial prairie grass - helping keep our planet habitable.

September 08, 2016

Back-To-School Recipes

It's that time of year again where we shift into our fall routines. For many of us it's a relief, but if you have children, contending with school drop off and pick up, soccer practice, ballet lessons, and the other extra curricular activities, it can become a bit overwhelming. Here are a couple of delicious recipes that are easy to make and nutritious, including - Chocolate Buffalo Brownies! 


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September 01, 2016

Teach Something, Learn Something

I got a note from Yvon Chouinard who doesn’t use email and is notorious for brief messages. This one arrived on the back of a card with the word Patagonia on the front, via snail mail. The note read, “Come fishing. I’ll be in Montana 7/20 -8/12.” I really appreciated the invitation and it sounded like I could come about any time around the end of July. But still, I had a pretty full schedule and Montana is very big place.

Yvon Chouinard Fishing with Crow Kids

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August 11, 2016

Romance on the Prairie

The Buffalo rut is in full swing at the ranch. It’s what brings the herd back together after the calving season is over and the kids are two to three months old.

The bulls will challenge each other when “tending” the female (like courting) - working hard to keep the other bulls away. They’re not always successful. Older bulls, tired of being challenged and chased away, will often wander off by themselves.

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July 21, 2016

Humane Field Harvest - How & Why

Note to readers: As we seek to know more about where our food comes from and how it is raised, it is perhaps equally important to know how it dies. It may even be our responsibility. If you'd rather not see, and are okay with just the knowing, you may want to stop reading here. Although the photos are not graphic they offer transparency to the process of Wild Idea’s humane field harvest.

Buffalo Harvest Trailer

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June 30, 2016

The Freedom Walk

The Fourth of July is the time to think about freedom. Of course, the holiday is about declaring independence from the tyranny of monarchs, but all the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights are implied in that Declaration of Independence. The Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791, long after the Declaration of Independence was signed, but that list of rights to freedom of religion, assembly, press, speech, bearing arms, etc., has come to define the United States and is celebrated on the Fourth of July.

Buffalo Gap National Grasslands

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June 10, 2016

Through A Father's Eyes

When I saw my son Lincoln for the very first time, I knew my life had changed. There was something about this small vulnerable human being that made me want to protect, teach, and love him all at the same time. His dark blue eyes stared at me inquisitively.

Father & Son

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June 03, 2016

June Is Bustin' Out With Beauty

June is a beautiful time on the ranch. Here are a few photos from the past week.Buffalo Babies & Red Winged Black Birds

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May 16, 2016

Respecting Our National Mammal

Some groups and recent media coverage claim that the National Bison Legacy Act, declaring the Bison as America’s National Mammal that was signed into law last week, is more greenwashing than conservation. It is hard to argue that there is no greenwashing involved in the legislation that was backed by an array of commercial interests. But arguing that there is no conservation value in bringing national attention to the plight of the bison, who were reduced from tens of millions in the days before Europeans moved onto the continent to perhaps a few hundred at the turn of the twentieth century, is equally difficult to defend.

Lone Buffalo Bull on Prairie

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