International Bison Conference

July 4 – 8, 2017
Big Sky Montana at the Big Sky Resort

Thank you to all who registered for the 2017 International Bison Conference! We look forward to seeing over 600 of you in Big Sky country soon! Please see the below conference details, lodging, optional-activity opportunities, travel suggestions and more. Registration has closed. See a complete IBC 2017 Program here. See a complete conference agenda here.

Thanks too for all of our IBC sponsors!

See a complete conference agenda here.

Fundraising- Raffles

A very special opportunity awaits with these Yellowstone yearling bulls, donated by Turner Enterprises, Inc. These are 2nd generation bulls directly descended from the from Yellowstone National Park bison herd. One will be auctioned at the IBC, and the other will be awarded through a raffle at IBC.

More raffles here.

Online Auction – Live Until July 13, 2017

An on-line auction now underway is accepting bids for the reproduction Shiloh Sharps 1874 Sporter No.3, valued at $5,000; and a luxurious four-night getaway for two to Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana, valued at $3,500. Bid online here.  

The Shiloh Sharps Gun Co. crafted 15 unique reproduction 1874 Sporter No. 3 rifles specifically for the 2017 IBC. Each 45/70 caliber black powder cartridge rifle has a 30″ full heavy octagon barrel, with semi-fancy wood, a traditional steel butt-plate, pewter trip, and full Buckhorn and Blade front. Each rifle is engraved with a full buffalo on the hammer side, and is individually numbered. The online auction is for # IBC015.  

Flathead lake Lodge is located on the shores of one of the most spectacular lakes in North America. It has been rated in the top 2% best family vacations spots in America. In Montana, the lodge is the highest rated hospitality facility by the Mobile Travel Guide. The dude ranch has received national acclaim from Better Homes & Gardens, Bon Appetite, Good Morning America, Sunset Magazine, Travel & Leisure and was named Best of the Best by Kilgore’s Ranch and Resort Guide.

Bradeen Auctions, in conjunction with the National Bison Association (NBA), is pleased to offer an Online Only Fundraising Auction for the 2017 International Bison Conference (IBC). The auction is an online only format, with all bidding taking place online. There are two lots up for bids, one featuring a trip for two to Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork, MT in early September and the second lot featuring IBC Shiloh Sharp Rifle No. IBC012.This online only auction is currently open for viewing and bidding. The auction will begin to close on Thursday, July 13 at 6:00 p.m. MDT. This will be the final opportunity for fundraising for the IBC event and the last opportunity for supporters to enjoy a fantastic fall vacation or take home a commemorative rifle.

IBC Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships are excellent ways to get your business noticed and say “I support the Bison Industry!” See the many sponsorship opportunities available here. We have a sponsorship level for everyone!

IBC Media Kit

Members of the media, please take a look at our IBC Media Kit, for background information, facts, bios, press pass criteria and press contacts. See why you won’t want to miss out on this historic event!


Big Sky Resort Reservation line: 800-548-4486. Select option 2 and request the National Bison Association room block for the discounted rates listed below. Visit to review other lodging options. Please reserve your room by June 12. Please note, the conference activities at Big Sky will take place at the Yellowstone Conference Center, though all lodging is in close proximity:

Huntley Lodge Room (Double Occupancy) – $119/night
Huntley Loft (3 Queens) – $189/night (Double Occupancy)
Summit: Studio – $149/night
The Summit: 2 Queen- $189/night
The Summit: 1 Bedroom Suite – $239/night
The Summit: 2 Bedroom Suite $329/night
The Summit: 3 Bedroom Suite $419/night
Shoshone Condominium 1 Bedroom Suite – $209/night
Shoshone Condominium 1 Bedroom + Loft – $289/night
Village Center: Studio $149/night
Village Center: Studio 1 Bedroom Suite – $239/night
Village Center: Studio 2 Bedroom Suite – $329/night
Village Center: Studio 3 Bedroom Suite – $419/night


Big Sky, Montana is located in Southwest Montana. The closest airport is Bozeman (BZN), about 45 minutes north of the resort. Salt Lake City (SLC) is about a six hour drive. You can see a list of shuttle options from the Bozeman airport to Big Sky, and other travel details, here. Karst Transportation is offering discounted shuttles from the Bozeman airport (BZN) to Big Sky exclusively to our group, you will need to enter the conference promo code “BISON” (all caps) to receive the 15% discount, reserve at

Conference Agenda

Please see a complete IBC Agenda here as you plan your travel and see why you won’t want to miss out on this historic bison event!

Conference Activities

We’ll keep you plenty busy during the conference, but we’re leaving ample time for you and your guests to take advantage of the premier outdoor recreation activities in Big Sky country! All activities are provided on a first come, first serve basis so please register early, and attendees are responsible for all associated fees.

Tuesday 320 Guest Ranch Optional Activities.

Big Sky Resort Activities.

Big Sky Resort Youth Activities.

Big Sky also recommends the following outfits for:

Whitewater Rafting:  Geyser Whitewater,  (406) 356-5107

Fly Fishing Lessons/Guides, Gallatin River Guides, (406) 995-2290 – Note, GRG is offering discounted rates to IBC attendees. See rates and details here.

Horseback Trips: Jake’s Horses, (406) 995-4630