Custer State Park to Hold Annual Bison Auction

CUSTER, S.D. – The 2016 Custer State Park Fall Classic Bison Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the park’s visitor center where approximately 244 head will be available for sale.

This year’s offerings include 9 mature bred cows, 38 mature open cows, 10 two-year-old bred heifers, 30 yearling heifers, 38 heifer calves, 53 bull calves, 38 yearling bulls, 8 two-year-old grade bulls and 20 two-year-old breeding bulls. Burros for sale include 6 young jacks and a 5 year-old roan mammoth jack.

The video auction will begin at 10 a.m. MST at the new Custer State Park visitor center, located 15 miles east of Custer on Highway 16A, near the junction of the Wildlife Loop Road and Highway 16A.

“The use of this new building gives us access to technology that will allow the park to reach a wider customer base,” said Chad Kramer, buffalo herd manager.

For the past 51 years, the park has made its surplus bison available for sale to the private sector. A significant amount of park revenue comes from the bison sale and goes toward continued operations of the state park system.

For additional information about the upcoming bison auction, contact Custer State Park at 605.255.4515 or email questions to