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Bison Sale

Bison with white bag tag in corral on way into squeeze chute during 2010 bison roundup.  Photo by Monica Pokorny, NBRWhen the National Bison Range has surplus bison – when the number of animals will be over what the habitat can support – these extra animals are donated and/or sold live.

First to be considered are entities that would like start or supplement public herds, such as other National Wildlife Refuges. Then requests from Native American Tribes are considered, some coming through the InterTribal Buffalo Council. The Bison Range has also donated bison for health research.

Any surplus bison left from these needs go up for sale. So there may be none, few or all surplus bison available for private individuals to bid on, depending on the year.

The process is through a sealed bid. The number, age and gender of the animals is known and sent out on the Bid Sheet. These typically are available sometime in August with due date about a month later. Successful bidders are notified and bison are picked up after the Annual Bison Roundup. Please look at the Sales Conditions for general information about the sale. For further questions or to be added to our mailing list, please contact:

National Bison Range
58355 Bison Range Road
Moiese, MT 59824

Click on items in the table below for information about the sale, sample bid sheets, and past sale prices.  The 2013 Bison Bid Sheet will be posted as soon as it is available, usually in August.


General Sales Conditions Bid Sheets Bison Sale Prices
Note: Sale Conditions may change.  Check current Bid Sheets for up-to-date information and terms. 2016 Bison Bid Packet
Due by 2 p.m., Sept 26, 2016
Link to 2016 Bid Packet  


Page Photo Credits — Bison in squeeze chute by volunteer Monica Pokorny/CSKT.
Last Updated: Oct 07, 2016
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