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December 19, 2018


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Winter Photos & Facts

As the Winter Solstice approaches and the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fly, most of us bundle up and prepare for the elements.

The buffalo have bundled up too, in their natural, woolly, winter coats. 

Their thick layers of fur allow them to withstand temperatures of minus forty degrees below zero.

When the snow is heavy, they use their big heads, supported by the muscles in their hump to push through the the snow and forge for food if necessary. 

Wild Idea’s buffalo roam over large prairie landscapes 365 days a year, much like they did hundreds of years ago.

This is not true of all bison companies.

The majority (90%) of the bison raised in this country and in Canada for food, are raised in the cattle feedlot model. 


Not us. 

Bison are the largest native herbivore on the American Great Plains. They evolved not only to survive on the always-changing prairie landscape, but to thrive.

Bison can run up to forty miles per hour, jump up to six feet vertically, pivot quickly on their tiny hooves, and are also strong swimmers.
We think allowing the buffalo to be buffalo is critical in their health, our environments health and our health. And, we thank you for caring about those issues too. 
Wishing you all a wonderful Winter Solstice! jill


Mark Holloway

December 19, 2018

Such Beautiful Country, thanks for sharing!

Richard Bymers

December 19, 2018

Great photos!

Gayle johnson

December 19, 2018

What beautiful pictures so full of energy
Lovely- thanks for taking these and sharing

Best for the holidays
Looking forward to the new year!

Paul D. Butler

December 19, 2018

Very Nice Photos

Beth Waterhouse

December 19, 2018

In your last photo, the buffalo draws icy water up from the edge of the stream or river. Ahhh. I can FEEL the cold on my teeth and the ice cream headache that I would so quickly get if it were me standing there. The snow on their backs proves just how insulated these animals are, and I’m moved by the detail and feeling in this image. Thanks, Jill! I’ll order some bison soon!

Hillary West

December 19, 2018

Thank you for your revolutionary and holistic work! Wild Idea inspires me to make a more positive impact on this beautiful world.

Bob Watland

December 19, 2018

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. God bless with grace and peace.

Rob Oden

December 19, 2018

Terrific, altogether first-rate photos and information, for which thank you. Our dinner guests this Friday insist on calling bison buffalo, pronghorns antelope, and fishers fisher cats. Oh dear, Our best to Jill and Dan for a warm and wonderful Christmas, Rob

Diane Mercier

December 19, 2018

As a lifelong spinner and weaver, I have had the pleasure of working with fine buffalo fibers. As I’m sure you know, they are a dual coated animal with an outer hair coat and a fine undercoat that keeps them warm in the winter and is shed in the spring. Does WildIdeaBuffalo harvest the fine fibers in any way?

Harry Greene

December 19, 2018

As always your photos are stunning in every respect, thanks. And we are really enjoying the Bison tallow soap bars—have your written about this already here? If not, how about something about tallow and soap historically? I very much like that is another step direction in using as much of the Bison as possible, and away from anymore chemical substitutes than necessary. All the best to you folks for the holidays and new year!


December 19, 2018

Thank you, Jill, and Happy Holler-Days

Nancy L Chapman

December 19, 2018

These are great shots, no idea what cattle feedlot mode is my guess not a good place for Bison.

Susan Bowen

December 19, 2018

Seeing this I feel even better about choosing your products ! :)

Kenneth Wayne Wright

December 19, 2018

I have always believed that the people of this land and all other land on earth have a moral obligation to make sure wildlife has all of the land and freedom they need to survive and prosper along with all of us! Without the earths wildlife we would all be bored to death, and surely Parrish !


December 19, 2018

Thanks Jill and to all of the Family a very, very Merry Christmas followed up with a most Blessed 2019.

Susan Woods

December 19, 2018

Thank you for the business model you use to raise buffalo. Their wild life makes for great food and great earth health, just like the plains always did before settlement. Your wild idea is a bright light in contrast to the usual rape, ruin and run of many enterprises that operate in our mountains, forests and plains.
May the New Year bring even greater success and notice that doing business doesn’t have to mean doing damage.

Jim Wolfe

December 19, 2018

Thank you Jill for the wonderful pictures. Have a very Merry Christmas and the best year ever.

Bob Hiatt

December 19, 2018

I especially like the photo where the herd appears to be walking on air. Imagine when 60 million of these magnificent creatures roamed the plains. Thanks for this.

Lucy Houser

December 19, 2018

So, so beautiful.

Charles Maxfield

December 19, 2018

Great photo of these wonderful animals living as they should, Wish more could live the same.
Thank you for all your efforts.

Rebecca Hanson

December 19, 2018

The eyes…..

Silvia Pye

December 19, 2018

Thank you for sharing and all that you do.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


December 19, 2018

you guys are what doing it right means, in bringing a feast for the eyes and a feast for the body, wholesome and healthy.

happy happy, joy joy.


December 19, 2018

Thanks, Jill for sharing those terrific pics.

Lori Oakes

December 19, 2018

Great photos. Thanks for letting them graze naturally. Merry Christmas to you and yours.


December 19, 2018

Every photo is frameable!! Thank you for sharing. You all deserve a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Liz Aicher

December 19, 2018

Thanks to all at WIB for all you do. And tell the buffalo thank you, too. Happy Holidays!


December 19, 2018

Wishing both you and Dan, a wonderful and joyous Christmas this year. Thank you for all that you do.

Mike Myers

December 19, 2018

grew up on a ranch in North-Central Montana Parents sold it when I was 12 but when adults would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew my answer Cowboy


December 19, 2018

What a fabulous photographic display. Thank you, for sharing. Merry Christmas!


December 19, 2018

What amazing beautiful Animals!! Makes me realize how AWESOME God is!
Marry Christmas

Joe Quick

December 19, 2018

Mahalo for the photos

Danny Swanson

December 20, 2018

Those photos made my day complete! And the buffalo petit filets that we ate for dinner rank as the best meat I’ve ever eaten! Long may your herd endure…Thank you for helping to bring back our Great Plains & our buffalo heritage!

Patti P

December 20, 2018

Merry Christmas to all our beautiful Bison, Jill, Dan and family!

Cheves Leland

December 20, 2018

Thank you and wished for everyone that the year ends well and the new one dawns well for the buffalo, the land and all who work with them. Thank you.

Michael Berryhill

December 20, 2018

Happy Solstice to all y’all as well!! Thank you for the beautiful pictures of these majestic beings! Much Love and Respects! Ah’ho!

Kathy Treanor

December 20, 2018

Merry Christmas wishes to all at Wild Idea. Your hard work and dreams give hope to the world.

Jon Hatten

December 20, 2018

Thanks for the photos. Merry Christmas from Kentucky.

Jay Garwood

December 20, 2018

Thanks for the great photos and narratives. I love seeing the buffalo, they were my mother’s favorite animal. If she was still alive she would be a frequent visitor to the ranch. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Georgia Clark

December 20, 2018

Thank you again for providing us with the best buffalo possible. Love your photos & a chance to see them on the plains where they live. Happy Holidays to you all & may the coming year bring you many blessings.

Donald G Meyer

December 20, 2018

Thanks for the wonderful winter pictures. It is just amazing how well the buffalo can handle the winter weather. Merry Christmas to all of you at Wild Idea Buffalo Company. May you always have God’s blessings in all you do. Love, Don

Pamela Downs

December 20, 2018

Truly amazing.

Donna Ziehm

December 21, 2018

Jill, thank you for the beautiful photos of the magnificent buffalo. And also a special thank you for your recipes. My family is healthier because of the work being done at Wild Idea and we are so thankful for it! Blessings to you and your family for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


December 21, 2018


Donnie Young

December 21, 2018

Great photos. Although they are more than acclimated to living in that climate, I am not. Just looking gives me a chill.That’s why I hang my hat in Florida.


December 22, 2018

Merci de partager ces belles photos. J’ai visité votre ranche au mois de juin 2017 avec le groupe UIAD de Grenoble (France). Quels contrastes au niveau des paysages et des températures, la riviére Cheyenne gelée !!! Les bisons sont magnifiques dans leur élément naturel.

Daryl Peterson

December 26, 2018

Belated Christmas Greetings and a huge thank you for the photos!

Cristine Hawatmeh

January 11, 2019

We ate our first meal with Truly Grass Fed Bison today. It was highly anticipated. My husband and I served and ate in silence. Almost a reverence atmosphere in the air filled the dinning room. It is an honor to eat such an amazing animal. The flavor of this meat is superior to any other meat we’ve had. Thank you for the wonderful job you are doing. Maybe one day we’ll visit the farm. That would be an amazing dream come true.

Jane Thorpe

January 20, 2019

Love this year’s calendar! Would love to see more seasonal photos throughout this year. And I’ve been enjoying your bison steaks for years!

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