The Crazy Woman Bison Ranch Experience
Ten Things That Distinguish
ONE. Some ranches offer "hunts" held in corrals or pens
or paddocks. We differ with those bison producers, as to the ethics of
such "canned hunts." Our animals live out their entire lives in large
pastures on our 4,400 acre ranch. We aim to give hunters a bona fide hunt
in the field. We will not arrange a corral shoot, and we turn away anyone
who asks for one.
TWO. Bison ranches that are geared primarily toward meat
production frequently cull their poorer specimens to use as hunt animals.
But hunting is our Number One priority. We view our entire herd's annual production
of yearly bulls as hunting stock.
And we will not let a hunter shoot an animal we wouldn't take
THREE. Many bison ranches ear-tag the animals they offer
for hunts. Some say this aids in tracking wounded bison. Others are
virtual hunt-by-numbers operations. Whatever the stated reason, we find
hunting ear-tagged bison aesthetically distasteful. The animals we
designate for hunting are not ear-tagged.
FOUR. Unlike those bison hunting operations that require
you to take an animal within a short time-frame (e.g., ninety minutes) in
order to accommodate as many hunters a day as they can, Crazy Woman gives
any hunting party of up to three hunters an entire day to complete their
kills. We do not schedule more than one party per day, unless we have
their prior permission. We never schedule more than three hunters in a
FIVE. Some bison hunts require additional payment for the
meat. Others limit the amount of meat hunters can take home with them. At
Crazy Woman, every hunt price includes the head, the hide, and all
the great meat. In addition, our enlightened state of Montana lacks the
general sales tax hunters in most other states must pay.
SIX. There are bison ranches offering hunts in parts of
the country in which bison are not native and do not thrive. Not only is
the ambiance wrong. These bison are frequently underweight and lack proper
conformation. The Crazy Woman Bison Ranch, with its High Plains location,
is at the epicenter of the traditional bison range. Our animals flourish
on the same hard grass prairie that their ancestors did thousands of years
ago. And our hunters walk the same ground as the original bison hunters of
SEVEN. Most bison ranches that offer hunts do it more or
less as an afterthought and/or a secondary source of income. We at Crazy
Woman see hunting as a primary way to expand and maintain the bison's
ecological niche on the Great Plains. Because we care about the land as
much as we do the buffalo, we reinvest a significant portion of the income
we derive from bison hunts in a wide variety of wildlife habitat
improvement projects on the ranch.
EIGHT. Many ranches offering bison hunts treat buffalo as
if they were cattle. They incorporate aspects of the cattle industry that
environmentalists and hunter-naturalists are finding increasingly
distasteful: de-horning, branding, antibiotics, growth enhancers, feed
lots, artificial weaning, and so on. At Crazy Woman Ranch, we don't employ
any of these methods of the meat industry. We simply don't.
NINE. Many bison ranches feed buffalo as if they were
cattle. They give them various supplements they don't need and "finish"
them on heavy doses of grain. The Crazy Woman bison has been fed on our
grass and our grass hay since birth, has never received any feed
supplements other than minerals, salt, and limited amounts of grain-based
feed cake, and has never been inoculated with antibiotics, hormones or
insecticides. The meat from our animals is totally natural.
TEN. Unlike the many bison hunt operations that focus
their advertising and publicity on expensive trophy bulls, we feel our
main constituency is the sportsman and sportswoman who wants an
affordable, enjoyable hunt in beautiful, western scenic surroundings. We
therefore offer solely hunts for yearling bulls at a competitive and cost effective price.
That's the Crazy Woman Bison Experience.