Kansas DWPT to Auction Garden City Bison

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Older bulls to be sold through sealed bids submitted to the Pratt Operations Office
In recent years, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) Sandsage Bison Range, near Garden City, has sold excess animals at an auction in Salina. However, this year, the area has a handful of adult and 3 ½-year-old bulls that must be removed from the herd. Because the Salina auction does not accept bulls older than 2 ½ years, area managers have decided to sell these older bulls through a sealed bid auction.

KDWPT is accepting sealed bids for the purchase of five bison bulls from this herd. Three of the bulls are mature adults 12-13 years old, originating from herds in the Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota and the National Bison Range in Montana. The other two are 3 ½-year-old sub-adults originally from the Ft. Robinson, Neb., herd. All animals will be tested for brucellosis; no other testing will be done.

Bids must be submitted to the Kansas Dept of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Attention: Purchasing, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt, KS 67124. Bids may also be faxed to 620-672-6020. Animals will be sold in dollars per pound live weight, so the bidder must indicate the dollars per pound for each animal bid on. Completed bid sheets must be received no later than noon on Friday, Nov. 4. Purchasers may bid on more than one animal, and each animal will be awarded to the highest bidder.

Successful bidders will be notified within seven days, at which time arrangements to pick up the animals will be made with the area manager. The purchaser is responsible for transporting the animals off the bison range. Animals may be picked up from Nov. 18 through Nov. 23. Payment must be cash or personal check if accompanied by notarized authorization letter from the issuing bank. Payment is due at the time of pick up once the animals have been weighed.

For more information, write Tom Norman, Herd Manager, Sandsage Bison Range and Wildlife Area, 785 S. Hwy 83, Garden City, KS 67846, or phone 620-276-8609 or 620-474-3645.

For a bid submittal form or to view photos of these buffalo, go online to http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Region-3/Sandsage-Bison-Range/Brochures/Bison-Auction .


Retired2hunt's picture

  This is a new and very


This is a new and very interesting way of culling a herd of bison.  I'm certain once you win the bid you will NOT be allowed to just shoot the animal for processing.  This appears to be live pick up and removal.  I would think this would generate a fair amount of bids to win these animals.  I would be interested in knowing who all places bids - ranchers, other bison ranches, meat processors, PETA, etc....  Still a unique way of handling this.  I would think a bison bull that is 12 years old is not too good of meat and more for breeding.


numbnutz's picture

Hmmm. If I had the extra

Hmmm. If I had the extra money I would have to consider doing this. I love Bison meat. My local meat market sells it and I prefer it over cow any day of the week. When I first read the heading I thought it was for a hunt but it looks like it just for buying and pick up. I woulkd love to go on a hunt for these animals. I have heard there are a few free ranging buffalo in NE Oregon that escaped from a ranch a long time ago. And I was told they are free game but I haven't looked into it father. As far as know there is no tag or season for the animals.