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April 07, 2017

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The Art of Bison Persuasion

This past week I had the chance to ride along to bring in a herd of buffalo from their winter grazing grounds on the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands. Dan and Colton had been bringing bunches in all week and we hoped this was the last group.

Bison on PrairieTheir winter pasture consists of 24,000 acres, which can make finding them a challenge. If they are miles away in rough terrain, it may take days to get them close to the river and onto their summer pasture. If this is the case we will either use horses or ATV'S and get behind them at a distance, making a presence, to encourage them to head for home. When they are within a couple of miles we will use a different approach, which is featured in the video. It may not be as sexy as a bunch of cowboys running open with a herd of stampeding buffalo in front of them, but it is less stressful on the buffalo and the people. I hope you enjoy it!

 

 


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Kerry Montgomery

April 09, 2017

Good video. Thanks. And the narrator is outstanding.

Jeannette Hall

April 09, 2017

Thank you so much for what you do in raising the buffalo, to sustain their presence on the land and also providing a very healthy meat source for us.

sandy cavill

April 09, 2017

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
that was very nice
your are very lucky

Bob jacobson

April 09, 2017

Thanks for the update…beautiful bison. Keep up the great work !!

Mary Worlie

April 09, 2017

You can make them do anything THEY want to do!

Anita Carlisle

April 09, 2017

Pretty video.
I grew up on a beef cattle ranch, between Deadwood and Sturgis.
This is an interesting way to move buffalo, very gentle and kind (PETA style). Is this done to keep the animals calmer, releasing fewer “fight or flight” hormones into the meat, which would cause it to have a more “gamey” taste?
During the annual round-up at Custer State Park there’s a lot of “yippee-ki-yay” going on as the cowboys and girls herd the buffalo, while on horseback, (no mineral cakes needed). ;-)
I now live in SW Colorado and sure do appreciate being able to purchase quality, good tasting, buffalo at my local Natural Grocers (Vitamin Cottage). I’ve tried many different brands in the past and am most impressed with the excellent flavor of Wild Idea Buffalo Co.’s products!

Win Jenkins

April 09, 2017

Just finished Buffalo For The Broken Heart. Really enjoyed and could relate to many of the challenges. Loved watching your video of your recent gathering at Buffalo Gap. Looking forward to buying some meat and perhaps throw out some cake with you some day.

Maren Trader

April 09, 2017

This is beautiful! We love to watch those majestic animals live a natural life! So glad this still exists…

Michael Bautista

April 09, 2017

Very nice. I’m glad you don’t cause them undue stress. Great short video!

Suzanne Novoselac

April 09, 2017

Reminds me a little of gathering up our cattle, except the calves would manage to go their own way. This video was interesting to watch. I love your products, but can only afford them a couple of times a year. Keep up the good work!

Mary Beth

April 09, 2017

Living in east river means I don’t get to see many of these majestic critters. We have a few small hers here and there but nothing on your scale. I’ve been privileged to drive past your active grazing land a time or two and my heart just sings! Thank you so much for hanging in there for all of us.

Mary Beth Guzzetta

April 09, 2017

After being a vegetarian for over 20 years, my wife and I started purchasing and eating meat from Wild Idea Buffalo, not so much because we had a desire to eat meat again, but rather because we wanted to do something to help support the humane way Wild Idea Buffalo operates. Thank you for taking such care with your herd. You’re a model more should follow.

Denise Kinsley

April 09, 2017

I thoroughly enjoy these glimpses of your lif with the buffalo and admire the way in which you manage them and their prairie habitat.

Greg R

April 09, 2017

Come on, they are food. Why try to make raising animals to eat sound like a loving and caring loved one you are looking after. They are not pets you let your kids play with, they are a tasty, hopefully, meal!

Caro H

April 09, 2017

My father in law had a herd of 26 buffalo back in the early 80s. He loved showing off the herd and once he brought my father to his farm and showed him how Jumbo (2200#) would come when he shook the bucket with the buscuits in. after treating my dad to that show, my FIL put the bucket on the back of the pickup and turned to shut a fence. Jumbo decided he wanted more and he put his leg on the back tailgate of the truck and lifted the front end up into the air, with my father in the cab. The bucket of treats slid back and jumbo let the truck down to enjoy his bounty. Took several days for all the blood to return to my fathers face.

Robyn Landry

April 09, 2017

Love the video and the narration! Thanks for sharing. This is why we order from you several
times each year. You treat the animals with dignity and respect and provide a healthy, lean
source of meat.

Michael

April 09, 2017

The buffalo, the prairie, mother earth and I are so grateful for you.

I’m sorry Greg R doesn’t get it!

David Caputo

April 09, 2017

Once again Wild Idea touches us and moves us to a life long ago when the Prarie was full of buffalo and their importance to all who depended upon them. Once sgsin I thank you!

Claudia A. Eisenmann

April 09, 2017

Great video and wonderful explanation of your technique. So many people do not realize that a stressed critter is seldom a tasty critter, so in addition to being a humane practice, your approach ensures peace and harmony in the herd as well as great table fare for the consumer.
The bison and the pronghorn reign supreme as monarch’s of the western prairie ecosystem. Thank you for your work in keeping these iconic and mythic beasts roaming the plains and for making sustainable, grass-fed bison meat available for our tables.

David S

April 09, 2017

Great video, thanks. Respect is something every living being deserves.

James E. Swab

April 09, 2017

Thank you for your passion to do the right thing in the right way.

Edwin

April 09, 2017

Such beautiful animals!

Harriott Cheves Leland

April 09, 2017

Thank you. Enjoyed seeing some of what you all do and am so glad you are not only providing sustainable food for today, but are bringing back the prairies. Take care.

penny gray

April 09, 2017

Love the red winged blackbird in the background.. Excellent buffalo/animal psychology. Happy spring!

c. brownsweiger

April 09, 2017

So great to watch how the prairie herd is brought in and the care taken to make it less stressful on the herd. thank you.

Thomas Carr

April 09, 2017

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing – I’ll be sharing with others.

Alia

April 09, 2017

Thank you. We need to treat all animals with respect! Your product is simply THE BEST!

Keith Lewis

April 10, 2017

Beautiful. I appreciated your comment re: less stress on the buffalo. And it was nice to see their apparent happiness when arriving at new pastures.

Christine

April 10, 2017

This is a great video and brings back memories. We were fortunate enough to go on one of those roundups some years back with Gervaise. It was one of the most astounding things I’ve ever seen. Keep up the good work you are doing out there.

Beverly J Rubino MD

April 10, 2017

Jill,
This is AWESOME! Thank you SO VERY MUCH for sharing this!
Love to see video of the buffalo!
Dr B

Rosalinda

April 10, 2017

Awesome! Thank you for sharing. Love the end result.

Katherine E

April 10, 2017

Thank you so much for sharing that lovely video. These are the most majestic animals on the planet – in my humble opinion. How lucky you are to witness all of their beauty and wonder. Your product is wonderful, head and shoulders above any other I have sampled. Thank you for your devotion to keeping this part of our world intact for generations to come. Again, thank you!!

Barbara Stanfild

April 10, 2017

The video touches the soul! ! . I like the fact that you humbly appreciate what you have and you don’t have to act out the Wild West theme. And I like that you knew others would enjoy it too! There is a Spirituality to what you do. May it grow and spread to others!

Bruce Green

April 10, 2017

Thanks. Your videos, and stories from the prairie, always take me back to “a better place and time”.

Thanks again, and again.?

Bruce Green

April 10, 2017

Thanks. Your videos, and stories from the prairie, always take me back to “a better place and time”.

Thanks again, and again.?

Beryl Fogel

April 10, 2017

Thank you for this wonderful moment. These glorious animals always warm my heart. Your love of them shows in the way they are treated, the products you sell and the books that Dan writes.

Gayle Holweger

April 10, 2017

Love the video grew up in s.d, my brother has the family farm and is thinking about running a few head on our land hope he dose.

Felix D

April 10, 2017

You have the best job in the world.

Luann Fortenberyt

April 11, 2017

I am impressed with the way you handle your buffalo. The video is very cool. We enjoy your buffalo meat and look forward to coming to your “store” in the near future on our way back to Montana from our wintering in Texas.

Ken James

April 11, 2017

Thanks for sharing. This is an interesting technique. Truly a “Shepard” approach. Leading rather than driving. Glad they are returned safely and yourselves as well. Less Stress is Very Good. I remember Dan’s introduction to Bison at Custer State Park’s roundup. The contrast is epic. Glad he was able to save the ‘FuzzBalls’.

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