In tonight’s episode of Eric Greenspan is Hungry: Arkansas Buffalo, Eric and Mauzner discover a piece of Arkansas that is restoring something completely American: the buffalo. Pulling up to a buffalo farm in Arkansas is like taking a step back in time. You just don’t happen to come across these massive creatures roaming around very much anymore. Buffalo, an animal representative of the Great Plains and the old American west, are formidable beasts that nearly disappeared altogether due to over-hunting some years ago.
The heaviest land animals native to North America, buffalo can weigh in at up to 2,200 lbs. These large grazers were a critical food source to many Plains Indian societies from Mexico to Canada before the American settler moved in. During the 19th century, unregulated hunting killed a egregious 50 million bison for sport, food, and in-part to deprive Native Americans of their most valuable food source and natural asset.
Overall, the buffalo population has seen a rebound in recent years and a great deal of that population resides on large ranches and preserves that have made an effort to sustainably restore and humanely raise this classic herd for American meat consumption. According to the National Wildlife Federation, there are only three truly free-ranging buffalo herds today—the Book Cliffs and the Henry’s Mountains herd in Southern Utah, and the Yellowstone Park herd.
As Eric and Mauzner quickly discovered, seeing this majestic beauty in person is truly humbling. Despite their massive size—some reaching 6.5 ft tall and head and body anywhere between 7 and 11 ft long—buffalo can reach speeds up to 40 miles per hour. Hunting this behemoth beauty can be a daunting task, but as you’ll learn on Eric Greenspan is Hungry: Arkansas Buffalo—it’s totally worth it. Check out the video below to learn more about the subtle differences between buffalo and beef.
Don’t miss Eric Greenspan is Hungry: Arkansas Buffalo TONIGHT at 7P for an inside look into the hunting and preparation of this quintessentially American game.