Buffalo Jumps

Pounds & Kill Sites Announcement: We have a Native Bison Skull that we need help in researching. Please take a look and let us know if you can help. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Native Painted Bison Skull. Try Ancient Bison for more information. Native kill sites aren’t always a cliff or a rock formation left from the pre-settlement era. In the case of hunting in the more eastern states, they used fire. Hennepin had observed the practice in the Miami country southeast of Lake Michigan of firing the prairie to aid in hunting. “When they see a … Read more

1890

1890 Sturgis Dakota Terr.

<< Previous  Next>> 1890 Bison History          Photo by J. Grabill / Jonesboro Leader N.C. Jan 8, 1890 HOW BISON WERE EXTERMINATED As the Indians hunted them the run of bison would probably have lasted forever, writes Dr. Carver, but about 1866 the white men turned their attention to the shaggy monsters of the plains. Large Eastern firms organize hunting parties and paid the shooters $2.50 for each bison where he lay dead on the plains. I then went to southern Nebraska and became a professional hunter. The bison consisted of two large divisions, the one living … Read more

1885

<< Previous  Next>> / Waukesha Daily Freeman Waukesha Wisconsin Apr 2 1885 GRADUAL EXTINCTION OF THE BUFFALO GATHERING THE BONES OF THE COUNTLESS DEAD FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES The harvest of furs in the Northwest is about it ended, for the buffaloes are on the eve of final extinction. Hunters who are engaged in the business of hunting the buffalo for his hide are returning daily from the ranges on the north and south sides of the Yellowstone river, and report not a bison to be found in a country where they formerly roamed in myriads. Men who have hunted hitherto … Read more

1879

<< Previous  Next>> 1879-AN ACT TO PROTECT BISON   The Independent Record March 4, 1879 Bison AN ACT to protect bison in certain counties in Montana Territory. Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Montana: Section 1. That any person who shall willfully shoot, or otherwise kill, for the period of ten years from and after the passage of this act, any buffalo or bison, within the Counties of Madison, Jefferson, Deer Lodge and Lewis and Clarke, Montana Territory, shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars, nor more than two hundred dollars, or imprisoned … Read more

1877

<< Previous  Next>> STILL HUNTING AFTER BUFFALO The Graphic: An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper London, England Feb 10 1877 STILL HUNTING AFTER BUFFALO As Col. Dodge has shown in his interesting book lately published, the Buffalo, countless herds of which used to roam over the plains of the central portions of North America, are being rapidly extinguished. Every season numerous sportsmen, among whom are many parties of Englishmen, who cross the Atlantic especially for the purpose, wage war against these animals. Their operations are usually conducted thus. A party of well mounted men dash  up to a herd of buffalo. Each … Read more