Buffalo Country America's National Bison Range

ByDonald M. Jones


The National Bison Range protects a living legacy

—the American bison. Hundreds of bison, also called buffalo, are home on the range, along with elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, and many other animals. This book tells the story of bison: how bison live, the bison cultures of Native Americans, the near extermination and recovery of bison, how the National Bison Range was created, and even the life of Big Medicine, the sacred white buffalo that was born here. Donald M. Jones's gorgeous photography highlights the range's beauty and wildlife. Every color photo in this book was taken on the National Bison Range.


Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1-931832-56-0
Author: Donald M. Jones
Pages: 72

Don has been a full-time wildlife photographer for more than a decade. He specialized in all forms of nature, from the arctic to the deserts, from the swamps to the mountains, and everywhere in between. His images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow. What began as a young boy with binoculars swinging from his neck and with bird book wedged in his back pocket in suburban Chicago has now transformed into a living dream.

All of Don’s wild subjects are just that, Wild. Don refuses to photograph any subjects that are pets or confined to zoos or game farms. His work is authentic and his message is “keep the wild in wildlife”. As a full-time professional wildlife photographer since 1993, Don has established himself as a driven individual in a saturated market by continually offering his clients new and refreshing images and subject matter year after year. His more than 500 magazine covers, which he has been credited with over his career, are testament to this. Don Jones resides in the small northwestern Montana town of Troy with his wife Tess and their two sons and one not-so-intelligent yellow lab.

To learn more about Don and his work, please log on to his website www.donaldmjones.com

Book tells more than the story of the National Bison Range

Montana’s National Bison Range near Moiese is the subject of a new book featuring exceptional wildlife photography and interesting text about the range, bison, and Native Americans.

“Buffalo Country: America’s National Bison Range” by Riverbend Publishing of Helena is the only book on the 19,000-acre wildlife area, and the staff is happy to see it. “It’s a beautiful book,” National Bison Range outdoor recreation planner Pat Jamieson said. “I bet we won't be able to keep it on the shelves.”

All the color photos were actually taken on the range by Montana nature photographer Donald M. Jones. “It’s one of my favorite places in Montana,” Jones said. “I’ve been going there for more than 30 years and I always see something new.” The book features nearly 70 photos of bison, elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, and a surprising variety of small animals and birds.

The well-written text provides information about the range’s history, bison, and ecology. Even readers who have never been to the range will enjoy the descriptions of Native American buffalo culture. One section describes lengthy hunting trips known as “going to buffalo” when tribes from western Montana, Idaho, and eastern Washington traveled over the Rocky Mountains to the buffalo plains.

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