The term ranch hand was coined to describe cowboys who covered their hands in buttermilk-based dressing to reduce lasso burn. Learn the finer points of ranching with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $24 for a ranch tour for six (up to a $48 value)
- $16 for a ranch tour for four (up to a $32 value)
- $8 for a ranch tour for two (up to a $16 value)
Visitors board a wagon to see and feed bison roaming on the 83-acre ranch during a one-hour tour. The tour also includes a quick lecture on the American bison and a video on the history of the ranch. Afterward, families can bring home a memento of their experience, such as a souvenir T-shirt or bison meat.
Cook's Bison Ranch
In 1939, Everett Cook purchased what would become the Cook family farm and was told it was the worst investment he had ever made. But in the spirit of tenacious American homesteaders, three generations of Cooks turned that bad investment into a thriving bison ranch. After years of research, Peter Cook—Everett’s grandson—became a member of the National Bison Association, and ordered the ranch's first 30 bison in 1998. The hulking, majestic curiosities began drawing in groups from area schools, cross-country motor-coach tours, and time-traveling harmonica players to the 83-acre farm in northern Indiana's Amish country.
During the ranch’s signature one-hour tour, guests board a wagon and venture out to interact with and feed the animals as guides regale them with facts about North American bison. After the tour, groups can also sit down for a meal of bison burgers or bison brats. The animals receive no growth hormones or stimulants and graze on the ranch's own hay and grain, which produces tender and healthy meat, unlike animals fed with growth hormones, which produces meat that won’t stop quoting Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. Bison burgers, brats, and steaks are available for purchase online or inside the ranch's gift shop. In addition to the tours, the ranch also allows guests to hunt their own game during guided hunts, taking home bison, deer, and wild turkey.