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  •  I went to High School in (6+ / 0-)

    Billings Mt and college in Bozeman. There was always some debate somewhere about buffalo and brucellosis. What I didn't know is that it had never been transfered to livestock, interesting. There was also the "hunting" of them. Not that I would consider what was being done as hunting. Although I would like to get one for the meat, buffalo is yummy.

    Life is risky, politics is war, government is force and liberty is very expensive.

    by oldpunk on Tue Feb 08, 2011 at 06:19:22 PM PST

    •  I lived at the KOA in Bozeman until (3+ / 0-)
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      they shut it down in late November. Nice country. It's true about the sky. I'd buy a new freezer for the meat. Could probably fill the little stand up one with the bones alone.

      "Don't fall or we both go." Derek Hersey 1957-1993

      by ban nock on Tue Feb 08, 2011 at 06:44:38 PM PST

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    •  My late brother-in-law 'hunted' buffalo in (6+ / 0-)

      Montana once, many years ago.  The land owner drove him out to the herd.  My brother-in-law asked, "Which is the biggest bull?"

      "That one," the rancher told him, pointing to a big bull.

      My brother-in-law got out of the truck, took a rest across the hood, and shot it.  He had the hide made into a rug and the head mounted. He then had a jeweler engrave the date on the empty brass shell casing.

      Is that how buffalo are still hunted?

      •  from the story it sounds like it (4+ / 0-)
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        there's a link down the bottom and I'd suggest a read. From the sounds of things buffalo have never been that difficult, but then there's more to shooting an animal than the difficulty of killing it. Just because an animal is easy is no reason that the animal can't be respected. It is after all providing a lot of meat.

        Also buffalo I've heard are very wild. Fences can't stop them.

        Also I'd think there are ways to mess up and blow it, in the story below in the link a young guy does just that. Thick skull, long way to the heart.

        "Don't fall or we both go." Derek Hersey 1957-1993

        by ban nock on Tue Feb 08, 2011 at 07:54:43 PM PST

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        •  My brother-in-law I think had done his (4+ / 0-)
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          homework on shot placement and was shooting a .300 Weatherby Magnum. The buffalo dropped in its tracks. He'd also taken a polar bear and a big brown bear, so was familiar with shooting big game. I guess after all what he did was not greatly unlike what the old buffalo hunters did. It just seemed to me like driving into a pasture and shooting a feeding cow.

          As for the meat, my sis has a summer place in the Black Hills and often serves buffalo, which is easily obtainable in SD. It's truly delicious!

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