Syracuse – Visit Antelope Island State Park and witness a western roundup from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, October 29 and if necessary, Saturday, October 30. (In previous years, most bison are moved the first day.) This annual event is an opportunity to view one of the nation’s largest and oldest public herds as horseback riders move the bison from the southern tip of the island, to the handling facility located at the park’s northern end.
View riders and bison from the eastside road leading to the Fielding Garr Ranch. A complete and sweeping view of the action is available from a safe distance. Bring binoculars for a closer view of the animals and handlers.
Visit the bison corrals November 5 and 6 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and observe as the bison are weighed, blood-tested, inoculated, and scanned. All bison have a microchip implanted behind the ear, which serves as permanent identification and stores the animal’s health history.
On Saturday, November 13, excess bison will be sold in order to keep the population within the carrying capacity of the island’s available forage. The sale is held at the Antelope Island State Park Bison Corrals. Sale animals may be viewed as early as 8 a.m. with the sale beginning at 10 a.m. sharp. For additional sale information, please call Steve Bates at 801-209-4678.
To reach Antelope Island State Park, take I-15 to exit 332 (Syracuse-Freeport Center) and travel west on Antelope Drive to the entrance station. Park fees are $9 per vehicle or $3 for bicyclists and walk-ins. For more information, please call 801-773-2941.