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Two Hands

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We have always wanted to visit Custer State Park. We made the mistake of going to Yellowstone first. We must have seen 300 buffalo, although we didn’t count them, as well as other critters. Then we went to Custer State Park. We saw three buffalo and we did count them. It’s a beautiful state park, but visit it before Yellowstone.


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Depends on when you visit them, were were in YNP a couple months ago and saw one bison and that was right at sunset and way off on a hill top. On the other hand we've seen a lot of bison in Custer and also a large herd of them in Teddy Roosevelt NP. It depend on where the herd happen to be wandering, are they in sight or out of sight.
Anyway YNP has vastly more to offer that critters. Custer is a great SP but nothing compared to YNP. We've spent 4 to 5 weeks at YNP over the years and don't think we've seen all of it by any means.

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Got caught in a bison jam at Custer State Park two years ago. Must of been a hundred of them, some close enough to touch. The year before that we never saw a single one.

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When we worked there, the Custer herd was approximately 1200 head.

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We've seen a lot of Buffalo in many of the places we've been, Custer, and most of the Black Hills, T. Roosevelt NP, Yellowstone, Tetons, but have never seen "Only a Few".


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Posted: 10/13/20 04:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Who'd a thunk...probably the worlds most famous national park beats out a state park.

Not that Custer is bad park by any means but it's like comparing Camry to a Ferrari.


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If you can ever swing it, attend the buffalo roundup at CSP. Usually around the first of October. You'll see a lot of buffalo, feel the vibration of their hooves, and even buy one if you want.

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Beautiful pictures, Age and bpounds.


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Two Hands wrote:

We have always wanted to visit Custer State Park. We made the mistake of going to Yellowstone first. We must have seen 300 buffalo, although we didn’t count them, as well as other critters. Then we went to Custer State Park. We saw three buffalo and we did count them. It’s a beautiful state park, but visit it before Yellowstone.


I did something similar. went out to see rocks etc. in Utah, etc. then went to Wisconsin dells.
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Beg to differ. We have been to both multiple times. Each is unique in it's own right. Have been in the middle of hundreds of buffalo at Custer. Have been in Yellowstone and seen very few. It's all about timing, weather, etc. It's apples and oranges to compare parks, especially when you compare different ecosystems and environs. Look at each with open eyes and open minds. Don't set yourself up for disappointment because you will undoubtedly find it if you do.


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