Bison Range

The Gathering

A People of Vision


The Gathering (formerly called the Roundup under U.S. Fish & Wildlife) is a massive gathering of the bison herd held every two years in October. During this time, bison are brought into the corrals for vet checks and genetic testing. As part of the bison herd management plan originally implemented under USFW, individuals deemed surplus are auctioned off to other conservation herds or to private owners. Though the Gathering has been open to the public in the past, there is some concern that large crowds can cause additional stress to the bison. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for announcements about whether the Gathering will be open to public viewing.

For those looking to bid, please download this form and send a hard copy to Shannon Clairmont or Dan McClure at the Bison Range Visitor Center. The deadline for bids is Sept 7th, 2023 at 2:00pm. We will be opening bids after Sept. 7th to notify awardees and to work out pick up schedules.

Shannon Clairmont
Bison Range Head Biologist

Dan McClure
Bison Range Coordinator
406-644-2211 ex 204

Bison Range Visitor Center
58355 Bison Range Rd.
Charlo, MT 59824

We will have ongoing construction this summer in our visitor center parking lot, please be sure to check our Facebook page for any road closures or detours. It is recommended to call our office at least on hour before your expected arrival to get current road and weather updates.