Smokey morning at the National Bison Range

On Saturday, we went to the National Bison Range early in the morning. The object of the quest was the bugling elk in full rut, but alas, this scene alluded us. We were able to able see plenty of the other ungulates though. Large antlered deer of both species and Pronghorn all posed nicely for the camera. The star of the show was a black bear that was sitting out in the open as bison had chased it out of the bottom of Pauline Creek.

Sunrise over the National Bison Range

Sunrise over the National Bison Range

Massive antlered Mule Deer buck

Massive antlered Mule Deer buck

Black bear standing amongst the palouse

Black bear standing amongst the palouse

Black bear coming down the hill

Black bear coming down the hill

Grasshopper hunting American Kestrel

Grasshopper hunting American Kestrel

Pronghorn buck in portrait

Pronghorn buck in portrait

The Suitor

The Suitor

Beautiful Whitetail deer buck

Beautiful Whitetail deer buck

Written by Radd Icenoggle

I am a native Montanan, who has spent a lifetime as an outdoors and wildlife enthusiast. I earned a degree in biology with an emphasis on habitat relations. During my studies, I had the great fortune to research and compose a thesis that explored the effects of slope aspect on...
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