Bison are not like cattle. For one thing, they're a lot bigger and stronger. For another, they're a lot more likely to turn back on the rounder-uppers if they don't like where they're headed.
|Bull whip cracker on left|
Some entertained themselves by chasing the half dozen coyotes that roamed beside the herd. A group of antelope raced ahead, trying to escape the confusion.
We herded for a couple of hours, covering close to 8 miles and joining several small herds together as we went.
We rode hard up the last hill. Some of the bison broke away and ran off onto the salt flats. Just as the rest of the herd was reaching the top of a hill, we looked back to see about 75 bison thundering up the hill toward us! Fortunately, we had enough time to escape.
We're already looking forward to next year's roundup.
The "Rawhide" song was a childhood favorite. I finally lived the dream!