Congratulations, Paul. You can come visit my farm in Ky. someday if I can come visit yours! I know how exciting it is to get land to call home. I am envious of you having all that room -- I would be dying to add bison, if they were not already there. Even if cattle ranchers killed some, some might survive.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation restored elk to the region I live (southeast Ky), and having elk is great -- I see elk now, and not to mention other animals.
That bush might be gooseberries, not currants. The gooseberries have stickers on the stems more than the currants.
I read that elk are really good for the health or riverbanks out west too.
It's a lot more fun if it is paid off too. I got my place paid off, and so now I can be a curmudgeon hermit if I choose.
Crazy Horse is my hero. If I lived out there, I would raise painted horses to ride and become an Indian.
SE Ky woods