Almost halfway through our six-month, food-focused journey across America, we found a place we didn’t want to leave: the stunning J Bar L Ranch, situated on 30,000 acres in southwest Montana in one of the most important wildlife corridors in the country. Gently shepherding cattle across the landscape, ranch manager Bryan Ulring, a former hunting and fishing guide, tries to replicate the bison’s role in shaping this habitat. The result is an area packed with wildlife, fertile soil, and plenty of healthy and delicious meat. Best of all, the folks who run this place became our friends.