Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup

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Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup

Custer State Park in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota is home to one of the world's largest buffalo herds. Each fall the ground rumbles and the dust flies as cowboys, cowgirls and park crews bring in the thundering herd.

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Organization: Custer State Park Resort
Date: 11/16/2013 update info
Time: 9:00:00 AM - 3:00:00 PM
Event Cost: Free
Venue: Custer State Park in Custer State Park,SD
Contact: Custer State Park
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Website: www.gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/custer/events/bison-auction/default.aspx
Event Details:

Each November, Custer State Park auctions between 200 and 500 head of live buffalo. Buyers and spectators from around the United States come to watch and participate in the annual auction. Buffalo are generally purchased to supplement an existing herd, to start a herd or to eat.

For the park, the sale helps keep the buffalo numbers in check, so there's enough grass to feed them. It is an on-going balance that changes with drought, plentiful moisture and other factors.

gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/custer/events/bison-auction/default.aspx

 

  • The roundup serves ecological and environmental purposes. 
  • 3rd Sunday in November
  • To control the size of the park's bison population, a portion of the herd is sold at the annual Buffalo Auction

Overview: The roundup serves ecological and environmental purposes. The first part of the roundup involves moving the entire herd into a system of corrals along the Wildlife Loop Road. While in the corrals the massive animals are sorted and categorized by Custer State Park's resource personnel. 

When: The 3rd Sunday in November

Where: Custer State Park

Fees: Free to view the roundup. Auction prices vary

Details: This 71,000 acre State Park with it's of lush forests, quiet and serene meadows and majestic mountains provide food and shelter for nearly 1,500 buffalo. 

To control the size of the park's bison population, a portion of the herd is sold at the annual Buffalo Auction, the third Saturday in November. Those animals chosen to be sold are retained in the corrals, while the remainder of the herd is turned back out into the park. The revenue received from this auction remains in the park and comprises a portion of the park's annual operating budget.

The Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup is open for public viewing.