Bison in Yellowstone

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Shot over President's Day weekend. -13F, blowing snow. First time in Yellowstone in winter. Had a great time, can't wait to return next winter.

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Lovely image Geff. Sounds like an amazing place to be in winter!
 

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Nice shot! Yellowstone and the Tetons are our summer playground, and we've talked about a winter trip but never pulled the trigger. How was it? Did you do a snowcat tour? With a photo-specific guide? Just curious to hear about the experience and if you'd recommend who you went with.
 

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Nice shot! Yellowstone and the Tetons are our summer playground, and we've talked about a winter trip but never pulled the trigger. How was it? Did you do a snowcat tour? With a photo-specific guide? Just curious to hear about the experience and if you'd recommend who you went with.
Hi Kim. Thank you. This was our first time in Yellowstone in winter. We drove down from Kalispell and stayed in Gardiner for the long weekend. We only drove the the north road (about 55 miles from the North entrance) back and forth. There were tons of animals to see and photograph. We just stopped on the pullouts to shoot, or where there was a group of cars parked. The wolf pack of 24 were about 2 miles in, so could only see them through a scope. We headed into the park on Friday morning, and apparently the wolves took down and ate a make elk on Thursday, so the we in a food coma far away. Apparently they would not eat again for up to 2 weeks, but still shot bison, coyote, elk, big horn sheet, a couple of eagles. Next year we plan on taking a snowcoach for a couple of days to get further into the park to see more variety of animals, hopefully a bobcat, and then drive the north road for a couple days as well.
 
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Hi Kim. Thank you. This was our first time in Yellowstone in winter. We drove down from Kalispell and stayed in Gardiner for the long weekend. We only drove the the north road (about 55 miles from the North entrance) back and forth. There were tons of animals to see and photograph. We just stopped on the pullouts to shoot, or where there was a group of cars parked. The wolf pack of 24 were about 2 miles in, so could only see them through a scope. We headed into the park on Friday morning, and apparently the wolves took down and ate a make elk on Thursday, so the we in a food coma far away. Apparently they would not eat again for up to 2 weeks, but still shot bison, coyote, elk, big horn sheet, a couple of eagles. Next year we plan on taking a snowcoach for a couple of days to get further into the park to see more variety of animals, hopefully a bobcat, and then drive the north road for a couple days as well.

Great info, thanks! Sounds like our summer tours except coming from Salt Lake, we don't get up to Lamar that often. When we have, the wolves have been 1-2 miles away so that's not unusual at all. Glad to hear you can see things from the road but keep your own schedule. We may have to try a winter drive sometime!
 
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Great info, thanks! Sounds like our summer tours except coming from Salt Lake, we don't get up to Lamar that often. When we have, the wolves have been 1-2 miles away so that's not unusual at all. Glad to hear you can see things from the road but keep your own schedule. We may have to try a winter drive sometime!
I spent 8 years in the Yellowstone ecosystem and the Lamar is definitely one of my favorites especially from about April 15th through May 15th maybe even a little longer for elk and bison calves....
 
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