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Family manages cattle and conservation

Lura Roti

As owners of one of the largest walk-in hunting areas in South Dakota, it may come as a surprise to the more than 500 sportsmen who hunt their land that ranchers Wayne and Brad Besler don’t hunt.

“It’s hard for many to believe, but I’ve never shot a deer or antelope in my life,” said Wayne Besler, 78, a third-generation Bison, SD, cattleman. “I just enjoy them. I love to ride out and see them grazing in the pasture or spot a big buck jump out and bound across the prairie.”

His son, Brad, agrees.

“I’m with dad. I just like the beauty of watching the wildlife roaming out there,” said Brad, 53, who raises commercial Angus cattle and manages the ranch’s 16,440-acres of grassland with his dad, brother, Chris, 51, and son, Tanner, 16.

As owners of one of the largest walk-in hunting areas in South Dakota, it may come as a surprise to the more than 500 sportsmen who hunt their land that ranchers Wayne and Brad Besler don’t hunt.

“It’s hard for many to believe, but I’ve never shot a deer or antelope in my life,” said Wayne Besler, 78, a third-generation Bison, SD, cattleman. “I just enjoy them. I love to ride out and see them grazing in the pasture or spot a big buck jump out and bound across the prairie.”

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His son, Brad, agrees.

“I’m with dad. I just like the beauty of watching the wildlife roaming out there,” said Brad, 53, who raises commercial Angus cattle and manages the ranch’s 16,440-acres of grassland with his dad, brother, Chris, 51, and son, Tanner, 16.

As owners of one of the largest walk-in hunting areas in South Dakota, it may come as a surprise to the more than 500 sportsmen who hunt their land that ranchers Wayne and Brad Besler don’t hunt.

“It’s hard for many to believe, but I’ve never shot a deer or antelope in my life,” said Wayne Besler, 78, a third-generation Bison, SD, cattleman. “I just enjoy them. I love to ride out and see them grazing in the pasture or spot a big buck jump out and bound across the prairie.”

His son, Brad, agrees.

“I’m with dad. I just like the beauty of watching the wildlife roaming out there,” said Brad, 53, who raises commercial Angus cattle and manages the ranch’s 16,440-acres of grassland with his dad, brother, Chris, 51, and son, Tanner, 16.

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