Monday, November 23, 2009

Buffalo auction action

For a first-timer, the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Auction is an interesting site. While not as picturesque as the Buffalo Roundup that brings the animals into holding corrals, the auction serves an even bigger purpose in selling off excess animals to keep the park's herd down to a manageable size.

Most of the over 200 bison sold during the auction are auctioned off one-by-one.

Buyers come from across the country to start or build up their own ranch herds. Many of the animals are also sold for meat. A raised catwalk above the main sale arena allows different angles for photography.

Taking pictures like this and the first one above is relatively simple because the buffalo are behind heavy metal fences and gates.

The auction is held roughly one month after the roundup each year, mid-November. If you're interested, the 2009 sales totals and averages are listed at the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website.


Larry said...

Boy, I'm glad you told us you were BEHIND the fence for that first shot! It's a beauty.

Chad, can I tag along with you for a couple of weeks!

Chad Coppess said...

Sure, but you might want to wait until next spring. My road trips are farther apart and shorter this time of year.
Actually I have some ideas for some more South Dakota Photowalks next year. I'll be announcing them when and where I get organized with them.

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