‘Yellowstone’ Star Jefferson White Reveals Trick Producers Pulled to Get Bear to Chase Him

by Jennifer Shea

Yellowstone star Jefferson White will never forget the episode in which a bear chased his character through the woods. It was a harrowing encounter that put him way too close to a grumpy bear. But as they were shooting that scene, they ran into one little problem: the bear didn’t want to chase White.

“We shot it in like late November, so it was hibernation season. So this bear was like the laziest bear you’ve ever met,” White told People recently. “They kept trying to antagonize the bear to get it to chase me.”

White’s character, Jimmy Hurdstrom, had to flee the bear and climb up a tree to get away from it. The Yellowstone team tried everything to send the bear White’s way. Finally they hit on a solution.

“What they ended up doing was stuffing my pockets full of chicken,” White recalled. “So every pocket on my body was stuffed full of a shredded chicken to try to get the bear to chase me.”

Yellowstone Star Is Going His Own Way

Meanwhile, as Yellowstone fans already know, Jimmy has left the Dutton Ranch in Season 4 and is settling in at a ranch in Texas, the Four Sixes. Jimmy doesn’t fit in any better there than he did at the Dutton Ranch, but he’s learning. And his new colleagues seem to appreciate the fact that he doesn’t complain about the grueling work.

That plot development follows the real-world news that White has signed on to star in the Yellowstone spinoff 6666. Joining him on 6666 will be Walker actor Ryan Bingham. Their two characters wind up fleeing the Dutton Ranch and learning how to be top-notch cowboys at the Four Sixes.

The Four Sixes is a real ranch in Texas, and Yellowstone co-creator and 6666 mastermind Taylor Sheridan now owns it. Sheridan reportedly led a group of buyers in purchasing three separate parcels of land that make up the Four Sixes, a sprawling 266,255-acre property that went up for sale late last year.

White Is Hosting Soon-to-Premiere Official Podcast

Yellowstone is rolling out an official behind-the-scenes podcast that’s set to premiere this Thursday. The podcast is sponsored by Wynn Resorts, a Nevada-based hotel and casino operator. And it’s hosted by White, who is chatty and Yellowstone-obsessed in real life.

“I am excited to announce that I am hosting the official Yellowstone podcast,” White said in the new podcast trailer. “As you dig into all things Yellowstone on all your screens, I’m going to be bringing you behind the scenes stories from all of your favorite cast, crew and more.”

“But this isn’t just your typical recap show,” he went on. “We are going to unpack the world of Yellowstone, everything from rodeo to ranching to reservation. This is about getting the full picture of the culture and the community that surround the show.”

White will talk to a different cast member on each episode of the podcast, taking listeners behind the scenes of the making of Yellowstone. Like Yellowstone itself, it promises to be an interesting ride.