Plumlee Buffalo Ranch Kansas buffalo statue

9 miles south of Wamego Kansas, just off of I-70, is the Plumlee Buffalo Ranch, a 400 acre working ranch owned and operated by Larry and Shirley Plumlee. .

In addition to being a working ranch, they offer private tours…a chance to get up close and personal with animals that have been roaming the Kansas prairie for centuries. 

notice: In 2022 the official Facebook page for the ranch, announced that ranch tours have been discontinued. You can still purchase meat in their store. Call before you head out.

Plumlee Buffalo Ranch Kansas buffalo statue

Where is Plumlee Buffalo Ranch located

the address is 29300 SW 99 Frontage, Alma, KS 66401

Tour transportation

Our ride! Shirley drove us around in their Kawasaki Mule. They also have a prairie tram, that can accommodate larger groups.

Kawasaki Mule ranch tour transportation Plumlee Buffalo Ranch tours Kansas

Here’s what we came for, the buffalo!

Shirley drove us around the ranch for about an hour and a half, stopping to sit among the buffalo while she gave us the full run down about their beloved herd.

She explained in detail why buffalo are “easier than cattle.”

  • efficient Grassland Grazers (they don’t over graze!)
  • low protein requirements
  • low maintenance
  • no shots required
  • natural “spring time” calving
  • no calf pulling required
  • low mortality rate

Shirley was so convincing that by the time we left my husband and I both ready to start up a buffalo ranch of our own!

buffalo at Plumlee Buffalo Ranch tours Kansas

How can you schedule a tour of Plumlee Buffalo Ranch

You can give the Plumlee’s a call at (785) 539-2255

What should you bring on the tour?

Sunblock and your favorite allergy pill may be in order.

video of the Plumlee Ranch Buffalo Tour

Check out my Youtube channel for footage from the  Plumlee Buffalo Ranch Tour.

feed the catfish the tour

You’ll also get the opportunity to feed the catfish in their pond, something that the kids will enjoy.

purchase buffalo meat at Plumlee Ranch

Buffalo meat is lower fat and calories than beef. It is high in protein, iron, Omega 3’s and Omega 6’s.

At the end of the tour, you have a chance to purchase some items from their freezer. We brought home meat sticks, summer sausage, and stew meat. Be sure to cook the stew meat for a good long time in the slow cooker. I used this recipe for Buffalo Stew (subbed in regular potatoes, and added a little beer and ketchup.)

buy buffalo meat at Plumlee Buffalo Ranch near Wamego Kansas near Manhattan Kansas

when can you tour Plumlee Buffalo farm?

Tours are by appointment only, and are given any time that it is nice enough to get out in their open air vehicles. Shirley says that June is a great time to visit. They have dozens of different of wildflowers that bloom on their ranch, and it is a good time to see new calves. see the Plumlee Ranch website for more information.

Looking for more things to do in this area?

I’m off to see the Wizard, in Wamego Kansas, because sometimes, there really is no place like home!

All things Oz…The Oz Museum, Wamego Kansas

Wamego City Park, Wamego Kansas

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