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WildTchoupitoulas
RA:18h 49m 59.0s, dec:-8° 33' 55.3"
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re: Bison hunting, I can't even imagine how many there once were, but this pic helps

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lot of unexpected tree-hugger sentiment in this thread... a huge part of our history is based on agriculture that depended on livestock and farming, not free ranging buffalo.



Here's a nickle...

Image: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/72/Jefferson-Nickel-Unc-Obv.jpg width=150


...go buy a clue.

You make it sound like it was all peaceful farmers and ranchers back in the day. The fact is that there were range wars between farmers and ranchers over the fencing the farmers were putting up when the ranchers just wanted a free range for their cattle.

We removed one ungulate and replaced it with another - fatter ungulate. It was senseless except as noted to destroy the food source of the native americans.

I would MUCH prefer a sustainable meat source with the opportunity for hunting trips to harvest ambient protein in the form of a lean bison than have to sort through all the garbage meat I find at the grocery store which has been fattened up on corn.

Range wars

Don't fence me in


Lago Tiger
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Lago Vista Tx
Member since Jan 2011
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re: Bison hunting, I can't even imagine how many there once were, but this pic helps
Buddy of mine used to have a couple on his ranch . Really hard to keep them fenced in . They were always tearing up the fence and not very easy to round up . You really don't want to top a hill doing 65 mph and have one standing in the road . They made a very impressive rug and mount .


OldHickory
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re: Bison hunting, I can't even imagine how many there once were, but this pic helps
Whoever posted about the Guy On A Buffalo songs....



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WildTchoupitoulas
RA:18h 49m 59.0s, dec:-8° 33' 55.3"
Member since Jan 2010
19265 posts

re: Bison hunting, I can't even imagine how many there once were, but this pic helps
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Buddy of mine used to have a couple on his ranch . Really hard to keep them fenced in . They were always tearing up the fence and not very easy to round up . You really don't want to top a hill doing 65 mph and have one standing in the road . They made a very impressive rug and mount .

Yeah, apparently they also hate chinese tallow trees, and will tear them up on sight.

Hell, hit one of these at 65:

Image: http://www.nps.gov/features/yell/slidefile/mammals/deer/Images/09343.jpg


...or one of these:

Image: http://www.trbimg.com/img-4fb3c8a9/turbine/bal-bmg-most-marylanders-support-bringing-elk--001/600


...and it will frick your shite up.

The problem is that a free ranging ungulate goes against our sense of capitalism and private property. Even though it's better for our health and better for the environment and probably cheaper for the consumer, it isn't better for the individual entrepreneur or the demand of unhealthy foods by the consumer. We want fat - even if it leads to heart disease and the related costs associated with it. We want to own things, even if it is inefficient in the long run in the marketplace.

Yeah, remove the more healthy native food source and replace it with imported grasses and dumb fat old world creatures that cost more to maintain.

Too much poli-board, more OB:

The plains indian used to take the bladder out of the bison and fill it with the blood from the animal. He would tie some strapping to it and sling it across his shoulder when he went out on a hike to eat the coagulated blood as a high-energy food source. That's a fricking MAN.


Nodust
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Member since Aug 2010
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re: Bison hunting, I can't even imagine how many there once were, but this pic helps
The biggest problem with sustaining a big population off of bison(wild game) is they need more acres per pound of meat produced. More than cows that need more than pigs. No doubt healthier. Just not practical to feed major metropolitan areas.


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