Our first Bison, Custer State Park
We got up at 7 to hit the camp store for ice, had breakfast in the restaurant next door to the office, then packed up and hit the road! We stopped at the Norbeck Overlook in Black hills National Forest, then on to Custer State Park. Right inside the park we came across some wild burro's, 3 feral donkeys that were decendants of pack animals abandoned by miners long ago. People were feeding them out their car windows! One of them looked to be very pregnant. Not long after that, we saw our first bison. He was just standing by the side of the road, licking on a salt lick. It had probably been placed there on purpose, just to get the bison to hang out near the road! Stopped at the Custer Visitor Center, even got passport stamps there.
Pronghorn Deer in Custer State Park
We drove around a wildlife loop, it wasn't long before we saw some Pronghorn deer. We got out and tried to get a closer look, and some photographs. A male Pronghorn was calling to his female, who came out of the bushes and trotted right by me...but not before stopping to relieve herself while I was trying to get a picture! They wandered off together towards a watering hole, while we got back in the truck and continued on. Then, over a hill, we found an enormous herd of bison! They were just lounging around in the sun, and many had tags around their necks. At this point we were running low on gas, and had to drive about 15 miles to the town of Hot Springs to fill up. Just barely made it there!! This was a very beautiful park with many animal sightings. Just get gas beforehand!