ON THE ROAD VLOG | This is seriously a mess…

Travel Blog Part 1 for NATIVE | Prodigies of an Icon. In order to make the trailer | pilot for the documentary we had to figure out a way to dramatically cut costs. Since travel costs are a large part of documentary filming we decided the best way to achieve our goal was to invest in a camper.

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Dakota Pure Bison Bull

Dakota Pure Bison South Dakota

We had the pleasure of visiting Scott Assman in South Dakota on the Assman Land and Cattle ranch just outside the Rosebud Reservation. Scott Assman is the founder of Dakota Pure Bison along with Alex Heims. They own a her of just under 1,000 head of bison on over 10,000 managed acres.

Wild Bison in Yellowstone

The Yellowstone Bison

The Bison of Yellowstone definitely have a majesty about them you simply don’t experience elsewhere. The Yellowstone herd is probably the oldest and largest public bison herd in the United States, estimated in 2020 to be 4,800 bison. The bison in the Yellowstone Park bison herd are American bison of the Plains bison subspecies.

Baby Bison

Durham Ranch Wyoming

Durham Ranch in Wyoming is an incredible 55,000 acre Bison Ranch running anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 head of Bison in their herd. This is one of the largest herds we’ve had the opportunity to experience and look forward to seeing more of the in the future.

Eastern Shoshone Tribe Bison Conservation Herd

We had the privilege of visiting the Eastern Shoshone Tribe on the Wind River Reservation of Wyoming. This is an incredible conservation effort to provide Bison with a wild habitat range just outside the back door of the Yellowstone and Titan Parks where Bison currently roam wild. This picturesque setting currently rests on 600 acres with an additional 500 leased acres and will eventually connect with the Northern Arapaho Tribes herd.

The Savory Institute

It’s nearly impossible to document regenerative ranching practices without crossing paths with the Savory Institute. We had the incredible opportunity of meeting with and filming the West Bijou Ranch Savory Institute Staff as they met with the USGS to evaluate forage growth from around the ranch.

Rocky Mountain Natural Meats

Meet My Neighbor Productions is pleased to announce Rocky Mountain Natural Meats aka Great Range Brand Bison as a Gold Sponsor for the NATIVE project.

www.greatrangebison.com

Great Range Bison brings you the finest bison cuts directly from the premier bison ranches in North America. Our bison are raised without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones and are fed a vegetarian diet of grasses and grains. For the past 30 years, we have worked closely with our rancher/producers to ensure their bison are raised sustainably. Through this partnership we can bring you, the consumer, the best fresh bison cuts on the market today.

Strasburg KOA

On the initial leg of our trip we sprinted across the country from Goldston NC to Strasburg CO only stopping in West Virginia and Kansas to “pop-up” and sleep. We’ve been in Strasburg now for 3 nights filming at the West Bijou Ranch, Rocky Mountain Natural Meats, and Memphis Ranch.

Our 32 year old pop up camper is hanging in there! Super easy to tow although a little crunched for space and not exactly ideal for KOA sites close to the interstate. But we’ve managed and the journey has been exciting!