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Utah Bucket List: Annual bison roundup offers modern cowboys a ride on the wild side


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It is possible to watch the roundup even if you don’t ride. Many people pull over on the road heading to the Fielding Garr Ranch on the east side of the island to watch as the animals are pushed north toward the corrals. The 2012 roundup was an exception to this possibility because the bison were on the west side of the island with no vehicle access, but the majority of years the roundup is on the east side of the island.

People also can visit the corrals after the roundup to see people giving the bison a health checkup and culling them out for possible auction.

At a glance

Antelope Island Bison Roundup 2013

The 27th annual Antelope Island Bison Roundup is being held at Antelope Island State Park Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, 2013. Registration to participate in the event on horseback is closed, but the general public should be able to view the roundup from the road on the east side of the island (bring bincoulars, spotting scopes and cameras) and around the White Rock Bay Trailhead.

The roundup starts at 9 a.m. and it may take a while for the riders to push the bison to a point where they can be viewed by the public. Although the roundup is scheduled for two days, it is typically completed the first day.

The bison are wild and can be dangerous. Park officials advise all visitors to keep a safe distance from bison.

People will get a chance to watch as the bison go through annual exams Nov. 1 and 2 from 8:30 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Bison Corrals.

The annual bison auction on Antelope Island is being held from 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 9.

Got a Bucket List idea?

The Antelope Island Bison Roundup was featured on the original Utah Bucket List, a series in the The Salt Lake Tribune and a television broadcast by KUED Channel 7 in 2012. Find the 2012 story and a video here.

And here’s a chance to be a part of the second edition of the show and Tribune series — this one is all about you.

Send us your ideas for great local adventures. We might even tag along with you as you check one off your Utah Bucket List. Tell us about your list entry at utbl@kued.org or kued.org/utahbucketlist.

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Animals not selected for the auction are released to be captured in images from tourists all over the world.

For Amanda Reylence, originally from England, the bison roundup was the draw to visit the biggest island on the Great Salt Lake. And while the ride greatly exceeded her expectations, it was other wonders of the adventure that especially pleased her.

"When we got near the bulls, they were fighting and getting aggressive," Reylence said. "They were so big and there was all this grunting and groaning. It was absolutely fantastic and breathtaking. The whole experience of looking at the bay and the mountains. People came from all over America. It was just lovely. I will do it again."

Experiences and responses like that are what got the bison roundup on The Utah Bucket List and why park officials will strive to keep it an active public event.

"This is one of the few things Utah State Parks does on its own," Shaw said. "Most times we are just a venue for somebody else to put on an event. We really love it and plan to keep it this way. We want to maintain that unique experience for the public to be able to come and be an active part of Antelope Island."

brettp@sltrib.com

Twitter: @BrettPrettyman




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