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.
In this clip a bull that has stayed by himself for most of the summer shows up for the rut. What happens next is incredible to watch. After the dominant bull is established, the herd settles down and continues to move as a whole unit again. It is a truly magical time on the prairie. We hope you enjoy this window into the life of the herd!