Bison Calves Playing

Here I am a few weeks ago, doing one of my favorite things:


sitting atop a hill at the Tallgrass Prairie watching the bison herd.

Earlier in the evening, we had parked our truck and walked out onto the prairie. It’s a long walk (1.5 miles) to reach the top of this particular hill, one of the highest around and a perfect spot to watch the sunset. We’ve done it many times and while we always hope to see the bison herd, we are usually disappointed. But this time there they were down in the valley. I pulled out my video camera and sat down in the grass. There are 4 new baby calves, who were quite active that evening running laps around their moms and just being kids.

Word is that the bison are more aggressive towards hikers this year than they have been in the past. So we kept our distance. They didn’t seem to notice us, but I’m sure they knew we were there. When we first began visiting the herd several years ago, they were young and curious and would come right up to us. But now they are older, have babies to watch over, and are all serious.

After sunset, we walked back down the trail reaching our truck after dark. Round trip the walk was a little over 3 miles that evening. We were footsore, but relaxed and happy. And we slept very well that night.

Have a great day all!



Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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20 Responses

  1. Glenda says:

    Enjoyed the romping and playing! So glad the herd is healthy and multiplying!

  2. Becca says:

    Thanks Suzanne!
    This video is just adorable!
    Full of love! I had no idea there was such affection between mother Bison and their calves.
    Florida hugs,

  3. Becca says:

    And the background music was wonderful!

  4. Lorraine says:

    Thank you ever so much for sharing your life through story and pictures. Your posts are the best break I get from work all day.

  5. Oh, those little guys were running for the joy of running. What a real treat to get to see that.

  6. Jeanne says:

    I enjoyed the video very much! I’ve never seen bison calves running and playing, before! So cute! Thanks for sharing this, Suzanne!

    That was quite a hike to get to the viewing spot!

  7. Debbie Chapman says:

    Thank you so much for this view into the bison herd. It is funny to watch the hijinks of the babies! Also enjoyed the music!

  8. Pam says:

    Very cute! Looks like one of them has far too much energy for Mama! Thanks for the words and video.


  9. Cheste'rs Mom says:

    I’m with Becca- the background music was terrific, just the perfect touch!

  10. shoreacres says:

    Halfway through, I started laughing. The joy of the calves is infectious. Your Tallgrass Prairie spring flowers were wonderful, but this has decided it. I swear next spring I’m going to make it up there to see this.

    In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy your video, and link to it from my Tallgrass Prairie posts. That isn’t the Tallgrass Express String Band in the background, by any chance?

  11. JB says:

    How fun…funny…and sweet all at the same time! Thanks for that video.

  12. Tina says:

    Oh my gosh, that just made me smile. The babies are so cute and just full of energy, just like kids. The music was perfect for it. Good job, as always. Thank you for sharing! Give my best to Harland and Miss Kitty and you of coarse too.

  13. Rural TN says:

    They sure were having fun.

  14. Jeanne says:

    Hey! I found Prairie Love Song on YouTube, but it doesn’t play all the way through. It really is a lovely song – from a documentary “The West” by Ken Burns.

  15. Greg Nease says:

    Awesome!!!! I really enjoyed your video makes me want to visit again right now!! It is the best place to hike and seeing the bison is a bonus!! Plan on being there soon!! THANKS!!

  16. Chester's Mom says:

    Hi Suzanne, hope you all are doing ok. I drop by every day or so to watch the bison calves and listen to the music. The music just sends me to a place of peace and calm. Thanks and prayers for you and Harland.

    • Suzanne says:

      Thank you Chester’s Mom. Sorry for my silence these days. Hope to get back to blogging soon. Take care and prayers to you and yours as well,


  17. Kelly says:

    Oh what a wonderful thing to witness. It brings a smile to my face. Thank you for sharing it with us city folk.

  18. sandra miller says:

    Love the music, the scenery and the playfulness of the bison calves. I just try to imagine the beautiful land with herds of these magnificent animals. Too bad things change…

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