Home on the range ? That would be Dave Stockton, who, when he isn't riding herd on the Senior tour, keeps busy tending his buffalo at Cook's Creek Ranch in Taylorsville, Calif.
SI: Why buffalo?
DS: My cousin bought the ranch for cattle. It's 500 acres and sits in the back end of a box canyon, with a half mile of frontage and steep sides. It was a perfect spot for buffalo, and no one else had them up here. He needed [financial] help putting up a fence, so I bought a half stake in the ranch.
SI: You need a special fence for buffalo?
DS: Yeah, they'll go right through a regular cattle fence. You need an eight-foot fence, and you anchor down every other post, so when the buffalo hit it running full tilt, it's like a slingshot. SI: Is this just a business venture, or do you get your hands dirty? DS: When I'm there, I do. I get right in the middle of the animals and get to work.
SI: Have you ever found yourself in a stampede?
DS: No, but you have to be careful. They can be aggressive.
SI: How aggressive?
DS: They killed one of our horses. We found out that the fences at most buffalo ranches have round corners because if there's something the buffalo don't like, they'll corner it and kill it. We don't have round corners, so it cost us a horse.
SI: Have you ever lost a buffalo?