August is the time when the bison start their rut. This is super exciting to see, especially since normally they don’t do very much but hang out.
I found out on Monday that some of the bison had moved into the antelope flat area, which is way close to were we stay in Jackson Hole. The skies have been smoky here in Wyoming, from fires in Idaho, but that actually makes photography so much better. So Monday afternoon I headed out to see what I could see.
At first there wasn’t much going on, but cute baby bison and their moms are always fun.
Another small group of bison made their way towards the main herd. This image shows the size difference between the bulls, and the cows.
This bull is exhibiting the flehman response. They sniff the cows behind, then do this. It helps them determine the readiness of the cow for breeding.
This same bull challenged another bull, and they fought heavily for several minutes.
Yes, that’s fur flying.
When those two got tired, another huge pair of bulls started fighting. I have hundreds of photos. It was quite a thrill to see.
And, I am finally able to tell you what we have known for a month. The shows that we do in the Jackson area, MC Presents, will now be our shows to promote. The women that have run the show for 20 years, approached us last month to see if we would like to take the shows on. They are ready to slow down, not retire completely, but take it more easy. After much thought and consideration, we decided it would be a good business decision. We have spent the past month learning all we can from them, and are planning some great stuff for 2018. Our last show of the summer season is this weekend in Teton Village, and it feels like we are getting a crash course. We are super excited about this opportunity, and are looking forward to next summer.