16th Annual Buffalo Stampede is Underway!

The 16th Annual Charity Event will be held at the Durham Bison Ranch on June 3rd, 2017.  Registration is now open and you can get your registration form here.  In addition to the 5K/10K walk/run event, there are lots of other fun activities for the day.  Breakfast is always delicious and the chip tossing competition is sure to bring a laugh and a smile!

100% of revenue goes to a local charity, and this year’s proceeds will go to the Powder River Energy Foundation.  Established a decade ago, the Powder River Energy Foundation has awarded more than $250,000 to scores of organizations in every county of PRECorp’s service territory of northeast Wyoming. The Foundation’s main focus has been to support local organizations with limited resources for funding such as food pantries, veterans’ groups, rural health care, and youth education. All proceeds stay local to our area.

If you have ever wanted to be the presenter of one of those “large checks” become a sponsor!  That opportunity is open for gold level sponsors of the event.  For more details on how you can become a sponsor and receive local recognition for supporting the community, click here.

We hope to see you on the dirt on June 3rd!


2016 Buffalo Stampede is Another Great Success!

The Buffalo Stampede is unique in a lot of ways.  For starters, the course…


Blake Johnson, overall winner and the top time in the age 30-39 group for the men’s 10K division said, “It’s harder than it looks. It’s undulating the whole way. It’s fun. There are deer and wildlife. I had two white-tail deer on the course in front of me. Then, right before I finished, there was an antelope that ran right through the gate in front of me. It’s fun coming back out here.”

Then there is family and food… 

Lindsay Albin has run the Buffalo Ranch Stampede a few times before and what keeps her coming back is running with family and for what happens after the run. Albin’s party of 12 — seven children and five adults — as well as the rest of the runners, were treated to free buffalo breakfast burritos at the finish line. “That’s what is fun, having food at the end,” Albin said. “It’s different than other fun runs. That’s what keeps making you do this one compared to other ones.”

But finally and most importantly, it is the local charities that win… 

One of the most unique is the impact the event has had on nearby communities, including Gillette and Wright. Each year, all the proceeds go to a local charity.  This year, money from the 10K and 5K runs will go to PRECorp Foundation, a nonprofit formed in 2007 by Powder River Energy to aid communities in the five northeast Wyoming counties, including Campbell.  This foundation is helping the community on a number of different levels and having a large impact in a variety of ways.

To read the full story and learn more, please click here.

-excerpts from the full article, The Course Keeps Them Coming Back, by Roy Frazier in the Gillette News Record, June 5, 2016

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.