September 17, 2020
Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (JPPM)
10515 Mackall Rd.
St. Leonard, MD 20685
Speaker Series: Bison Hunting In Northeast Wyoming
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Large-scale bison hunting across the North American Great Plains was not merely opportunistic. An understanding of topography, environment, bison behavior, and migration patterns was necessary to perform complex, large scale bison kills and often required multiple groups of hunters to work together. In North America, large scale bison hunting arose as mammoths and other megafauna began declining with the Bonfire Shelter bison jump in Texas dating to 11,700 years ago and continued well after European contact into the 19th century. This talk will describe this transition as it relates to a wider discussion of bison hunting strategies in North America during European contact, with specific focus on one of the last ever used bison jumps in this area, the newly identified Courchaine Bison Jump.