LeeAllen and Rebecca Leier, along with their eight children, started Heartland Bison Ranch in 1996 on a quarter of land south of Rugby ND. Their first ten bison calves hit the ground in the spring of 1997. The summer of 1998, Lee and Rebecca made the move to purchase 700+ acres in southern Pierce County and growth continued with the herd reaching over 100 stock cows. With a large continuous piece of land, it was time to put down roots and with a whole family effort, the Leier's established a new homestead and ranch headquarters for Heartland Bison Ranch.
The ranch is steeped in history. Here at Heartland Bison we have been fortunate to have the North Dakota State Archaeologist visit our ranch, half a dozen times, for summer classes. This has led to some interesting discoveries. Based on the number of bison bone fragments and other artifacts, the Heartland Bison Ranch land seems to have been used as a camp, by Native Americans , for processing buffalo after the hunt.The historic relationship between bison and Native Americans living in the area has been documented on the ranch. It appears that this relationship goes back for hundreds of years. There has also been documentation and evidence found on the ranch that George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry used an area on the ranch as a reconnaissance camp. Artifacts found included a portion of a rifle, buckles and some uniform buttons.
The original cows brought to the ranch were out of three different bloodlines. M-line, Custer, and Durham. These animals were the original seed stock for the herd. Today, we have used those animals and an excellent selection of bulls to raise stock cows that have the traits and genetics we continue to strive for.
As we look to the future, Heartland Bison Ranch will continue to promote the many health and enviromental benefits of buffalo. We have a mission to help people understand and appreciateTHE GREAT AMERICAN BISON, the animal we all know as the Buffalo, the animal that we at the ranch have grown to love.
"From the Heart of America......... The Legend Continues"