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  • Two mule deer bucks bedded in snow during snow storm.  Photo by NBR volunteer Dave Fitzpatrick.

    Bison Range now on Winter Schedule

    The Bison Range is now on Winter hours with the Winter Drive open through early May.

    Operating Hours

  • Two white trumpeter swans in flight against blue sky.  Photo by Dave Fitzpatrick, Volunteer, USFWS

    Visitor Center Hours during Holiday

    The Visitor Center is closed weekends and Holidays. Click on the link below for dates and days.

    Holiday Hours

  •  Black and white graphic of motorcyclist riding along a bumpy road.  Photo from Microsoft Word.

    NOTICE - All Bikers!

    For safety reasons, motorcycles and bicycles are not allowed on any of the scenic drives. Details about access at link below.

    Motorcycles and Bicycles

  • Round Logo for Youth in the Great Outdoors with blue sky, stylized green trees and red semi circle at bottom.  Fish and Wildlife Service Logo

    Youth Initiative

    The Youth in the Great Outdoor pamphlet - learn about work opportunities in wildlife conservation with the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

    Youth in the Outdoors (1.1 MB pdf)

Noteworthy News

Current Operating Hours

Replica of old wooden entrance sign to National Bison Range.  Photo by USFWS

The National Bison Range front gate is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Winter Drive is open for the season.

Operating Hours

About the Complex

National Bison Range Complex

Complex Graphic

Three other National Wildlife Refuges as well as a Wetland Management District can be discovered along with the National Bison Range throughout the Flathead, Mission and Pleasant Valleys.

National Bison Range is managed as part of the National Bison Range Complex.

Learn more about the complex 

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS  

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Wild Happenings

  • Draft Environmental Assessment Now Available

    The Draft Environmental Assessment for a Draft Annual Funding Agreement for the National Bison Range Complex in Montana is now available for viewing.

    Draft Environmental Assessment
  • A Moment in Time

    A bobcat looks back at photographer before heading off into the brush and shrubs of Mission Creek.  Photo by volunteer Dave Fitzpatrick.

    While we visit the National Bison Range to see bison, there is a wide variety of wildlife that live in the varied habitats of the Refuge. Some can be elusive, like bobcats, which tend to be out at night and stay in thick brush. Once in a while, one will allow you a glimpse, such as this one “caught” along a part of Mission Creek which borders the Winter Drive. Keep your eyes open and let us know of the things you see. Photo by USFWS volunteer Dave Fitzpatrick.

    Seasons of Wildlife
  • Recent Sightings

    Birdwatchers looking through binoculars.  Photo by Ronald Laubenstein, USFWS

    There is much going on at the National Bison Range with the changes in weather, changes in season. Check out what visitors and staff are seeing while they travel through the Refuge. And let us know what you’ve spotted on your most recent trip.

    Recent Sightings
  • Is it Bison or Buffalo?

    Bison head view next to true buffalo head view.  Photos by Dave Fitzpatrick, USFWS and John Storr, Wikimedia

    We don’t really have buffalo in North America. The true buffalo are the Cape buffalo of Africa and the water buffalo of Asia. However, the American bison has been called “buffalo” for so long that we use the names interchangeably. Technically, these North American animals are bison and, sure enough, their scientific name is 'Bison bison', while buffalo are in the 'Bubulus' genus. All are related in the cow family but they have some physical differences, including horn shape and type of fur. To find out about more fun facts and trivia, follow the link.

    Bison Quick Facts
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Tick photo by Mat Pound, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org, Cape buffalo photo. ©John Storr, Wikimedia., 2013 Bird Day poster. ©Environment for the Americas
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014
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