17th Annual Durham Ranch Charity Buffalo Stampede

17th Annual Durham Ranch Charity Buffalo Stampede 5K/10K Walk-Run, held on Saturday, June 2nd.

The popular annual charity event raised over $30,000. All proceeds went to the Powder River Energy Foundation, serving those in need of northeast Wyoming with a hand up.

The weather cooperated for big, sunny skies and a light, cool breeze for the walk/run.

There was a great turnout with around 180 in attendance.

Overall women’s and men’s race champions for both distances took home one of a kind, hand-made clay medallions with bison leather straps by Deb Penning of Baker City, OR., an assortment of Durham Ranch buffalo meat and, gift certificates for the Open Range Restaurant in Wright, as prizes.

After the famous buffalo burrito breakfast served up by Hank’s of Wright, the events were capped off by the traditional annual Buffalo Chip Toss where the women’s and men’s champions each took home a case of Durham Ranch buffalo brats. Arrow Langston, a school teacher from Wright who happened to be celebrating her birthday, won the toss for the women and, Scotty Hayden made the best toss for the men.



Overall Race Winners
5K Men’s: Caleb Schlekeway, Time of 22:34 – 5K Women’s: Kristi Racines, Time of 23:43

10K Men’s: Adrian Gerrits, Time of 43:21 – 10K Women’s: Sarah Glasser, Time of 54:38

Click Here to View all Race Results


EXCEPTIONAL Bison Meatloaf Recipe

This recipe was submitted from one of our loyal customers and friends here at the ranch.  Simple and Delicious… what could be better?!  Enjoy… !



  • 1 pound of ground bison. (buffalo)
  • 1/2 pound of ground pork.
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped onion.  (prefer sweet onion)
  • 3/4 cup chili sauce.
  • 1/2 cup of milk.
  • 1 egg.
  • 2/3 cup of bread crumbs.
  • 1 small garlic toe.
  • 2 or 3 strips of bacon.

Optional items:

  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped red pepper
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup
  • salt and pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients (EXCEPT THE BACON STRIPS) in a large mixing bowl and mix very well.  Then place the mixture in a pan, form into a loaf and place the bacon strips on top.



Set the oven temp to 350 degrees and bake from 60 minutes to 75 minutes depending upon how thick you make the loaf.


Enjoy eating!


Gary and Ann ~ Two old-timers from Graham, WA

Summer Ranch Update

We have officially entered our “busy season” here at the Durham Ranch! And this year, once again, we are so fortunate to have some special help to keep us on top things. Molly Shea, a 3rd year Humboldt State Wildlife Biology major, is here for her second year as an intern for the ranch. She happens to be a cousin of mine that has been to the ranch many times with her mom (my first cousin Lori) while she was growing up.

I have asked Molly to write this version of our Durham Ranch Update so, you are in for a treat.

As always, I wish you all Happy Trails and until next time,




It’s Summer, with the sun beaming down and hay growing in the fields we couldn’t be happier! Haying began in June with everyone in their usual places – Bud on the swather, Jeff on the rake, and Pat & John on the stacker. About a day after starting, we got a HUGE thunderstorm! Like the kind that wake you up at night and keep you up, mesmerized by the strobe flashes of lightning until you can no longer keep your eyes open. Stopped us right in our tracks for haying but luckily, the weather was sunny and warm afterwards, allowing us to start back up again. Here’s a picture of John on the stacker, dropping off one of the giant hay bales (or loaves, as I like to call them).


At the beginning of June, we had our annual 5k/10k walk/run on the ranch with all the donations going to Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that helps feed low-income children on the weekends and after school. With the support of many businesses and local donors, we raised nearly $50,000 worth of in-kind and direct donations, enough to fund their organization for an entire year! Plus, we had around 160 folks come out and participate in this year’s event as well! I don’t know about you, but I’d call that a success!


We’ve resumed our tours, booked through the Gillette and Wright Visitor’s Centers, giving people a brief history of the ranch, a walk-through of the corrals, some encounters with local wildlife, like pronghorns and mule deer, and a chance to get up close and personal with the bison (but at a sensible distance, of course). Tours are my favorite part of being an intern because you get to share such a special experience with someone who may have never seen a bison before! It’s pretty fun to see their ‘ooh-ing’ and ‘ahh-ing’ once we get near the herd. It’s an incredible sight to see, especially with the grass being so green!


Finally, my big project. The gift shop, “Bisom Bison”.  It’s been a real whirlwind of inventory, spreadsheets and technology – but a good opportunity to get the ranch up and running in the 21st century! We’ve gotten all kinds of new items in the store like Wyoming souvenirs and bison horn jewelry, made by John’s daughter, Cari! It’s really coming along and if you haven’t been yet, I highly recommend stopping by! 🙂 If you’re more than a hop, skip, and a jump away, check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/durhambison!





Discover the Keys to Successful Bison & Land Management


Join us at the Durham Ranch in Wright, WY to get an introduction to the principles of Holistic Management. For more details, check out our brochure.  To register, please fill out the form on the workshop page.

Durham Ranch operates on approximately 55,000 acres involving over 2,000 head of bison. The Durham Ranch has been practicing Holistic Management for 30 years and have been in the bison business for over 50 years. If you attend this seminar you will learn how you can manage a large number of bison on a fairly arid landscape. Average precipitation on this ranch is 12-14 inches. This ranch is located 30 miles south of Gillette, Wyoming in an area known as the Great Plains – short grass prairie. If you attend this seminar you will learn how their innovative management has allowed them to improve the production of the land. The Durham Ranch is able to support this large bison herd with nominal amounts of supplemental feed year round. This seminar is limited to 15 people.