Montana Outdoors

July 8, 2018

A visit to the National Bison Range

Filed under: Animals, Bison — Tags: , , — montucky @ 6:24 pm

Briefly stated, the National Bison Range is a refuge that was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt for the conservation of the American Bison. It essentially consists of a small mountain that is a spur of the Mission Mountains, 18,800 acres (about 29 square miles) in size and ranges in elevation from 2,585 to 4,885 feet and it’s where a herd of bison (presently about 350) now range freely under reasonably natural conditions. Visitors can drive through it on a loop road about 20 miles long which takes them from the headquarters, up and over the crest of the mountain and back down the other side, returning to the headquarters. (For anyone interested in more information about the Bison Range, here is a link to the National Bison range website.)

National Bison Range

Looking west from where the road starts up the mountain

National Bison Range

Looking back down the road from about half way to the top

National Bison Range

Looking southwest from the top

National Bison Range

Looking north from the top at the Mission Mountain Range in the background. Sorry about the picture quality, but we are now receiving smoke from the fires burning in Utah and Colorado and including a little from the northern California fire.

American Bison

Cow and calf

American Bison

American Bison calf

Bison calf

American Bison

American Bison

This is a huge bull grazing right beside the road. Other an elephant, he is the biggest animal I’ve ever seen. It was taken at 70mm with a 70-300mm lens: unfortunately I didn’t have time to change to a wide angle lens for a full body shot.

American Bison

A bull taking it easy

American Bison calf

A calf standing in the road about 3 feet from my front bumper

American Bison

The huge bull again

The last photos following were taken of a large bull crossing Mission Creek not far from the headquarters. This is a fast moving stream and I have lots of experience wading them (including this one) but where he crossed it would have taken me off my feet. He didn’t seem to notice the current; of course, he weighs about a ton more than I do.

American Bison

American Bison

American Bison

American Bison

That’s a cloud of dust that he shook off his back as he climbed up the far bank.

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September 30, 2015

The Mission Mountains

Filed under: Montana — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:01 pm

Mission Mountains

Photo taken from the National Bison Range, western Montana

October 28, 2010

Three bucks

Filed under: Animals, Mule deer — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:46 pm

Although it’s hunting season here in western Montana, these three are perfectly safe inside the National Bison Range.

Mulie

Mulie

Mulie

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