Dave Whittlesey founded High Wire Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 1981 when he purchased his initial herd of bison at the National Western Stock Show Bison Auction in Denver. Since the bison needed a taller fence than the neighbors cattle, he called it High Wire Ranch.
Sue joined the operation in 1985. They raised two children on the ranch, Seth and Kelly. In 1999 they sold the Steamboat Springs ranch and moved the entire operation to Redlands Mesa, ten miles northwest of Hotchkiss, Colorado.
November 2019 Sue was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce for her tireless efforts volunteering to make Hotchkiss a better place to live.
Dave and Sue have been active board members of the American Buffalo Association. Currently they are focusing on volunteering for local causes. Dave serves on the board of directors of Delta Conservation District, North Fork Water Conservancy District, Delta County Farm and Livestock Bureau, and Memorial Hall. Sue serves on the following boards: North Fork Ambulance Auxiliary, Delta County Public Library Trust and Endowment, Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce, and Rogers Mesa Modern Woman's Club,.
They both are very active volunteers in the Hotchkiss Lions Club also.
(Such as Short Ribs, Osso Bucco, Brisket or Chuck Roasts)
Cook in either a slow cooker on low or a cast iron covered pot in oven at 250 degrees for a minimum of 4 hours. Before cooking add an inch of liquid to the container, such as Red Wine, water, or broth. Season with garlic, chopped onions and your other favorite seasonings. Vegetables may be added at the last hour.
Baste steak with olive oil and one clove of crushed garlic. Place steak on either a hot frying pan or a hot grill. Grill quickly. One-inch steaks cook 3 minutes first side, 2 minutes second. Steaks that are 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches increase cooking time by 2 minutes per side.
Heat oil in a heavy oven proof pan and sear roast on all sides. Add cubed vegetables. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes per pound of meat. Cook to an internal temperature of 130 degrees.
P J's is your Neighborhood Pub In Downtown Hotchkiss- you are among friends. Enjoy the eclectic cuisine of Chef Peter Knapp. There are a number of dishes on the menu featuring High Wire Bison meat this winter
Vicki's Fresh Food Movement offers our bison to the Telluride area with online ordering. She offers home delivery as well restaurant sales year round.
Farm Runners offers delivery to restaurants in Crested Butte and the Roaring Fork Valley with online ordering. They have a retail store in Hotchkiss located next to City Market that is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Rogers Mesa Store is located 3 miles west of Hotchkiss on Highway 92. They offer a nice selection of frozen bison meat for sale and will cook you up a bison burger for lunch. They are open 7 days a week.
Montrose's best dining option, The Lobby Grille is located in Montrose Memorial Hospital. The menu features local foods and offers online ordering for pick up.
Downtown Basalt at 227 Midland Ave is where Skip's Farm to Market is located. They are open 10-6 daily where they feature a full line of High Wire Ranch Bison meat.