Our blog will help keep you informed about news and information related to the farm, ranch and rural real estate markets. If you share our desire for wide open spaces and investment in the land, we hope you will subscribe, read and discuss the stories we find and develop here. More than just an investment, ranch, farm and rural real estate evokes a type of lifestyle that was born over a century ago and still provides a certain romance and passion for those who embrace the pioneering spirit from those days gone by.

Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch Profiled by The Wall Street Journal

We are thrilled that The Wall Street Journal profiled Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch as a “House of the Day.” Resting in the shadows of the rugged Tobacco Root and Highland Mountains in the historic and lush Jefferson River valley, the ranch offers gorgeous scenery and miles of river and restored spring creek fishing, as well as productive pivot-irrigated farmland.

An excerpt from the story reads:  “Terry McClinch bought this 714-acre ranch in Silver Star, Mont., because he could see the potential. ‘I think it’s Montana at its best—the perfect combination of recreational and traditional ranching,’ says Mr. McClinch, adding that the property let him combine his love of fishing and hunting with his interests in agriculture and cattle.”

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Lambing Season on Big Sandy River Ranch

By: David Johnson

It’s lambing season on the 1.2M acre Big Sandy River Ranch in Southwest Wyoming where 70 lambs are born every day. Dating back to 1905, the Basque family continues into its fourth generation running 8,000 sheep on this 3,500 AU ranch operation. Sprawling over 150 miles from the Wind River Mountains to the Flaming Gorge of the Green River to the edge of the Red Desert, this mostly open range ranch grazes for 12 months to produce grass-finished, free-range lamb and calves.

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Great Father’s Day Message from Our Friends at Stetson

With Father’s Day around the corner, it is our pleasure to share this post from Stetson. Our relationship with the Tom and Robin Green has evolved from prospect to client to close friends. This post represents what we wish for all our clients…a place for family with all the experiences that it entails.

Father’s Day in Bozeman, Montana – by Courtney Green

There is a humility and resilience developed through hard work. I grew up on a farm in northern Michigan watching my parents work tirelessly to build a life and keep our farm running. I remember when I was very little, walking out of my bedroom before dawn in the early Spring, and often seeing a new calf laying in the middle of the kitchen floor. The snow in the upper peninsula of Michigan makes Spring calving quite challenging, so if they needed help, the babies often ended up in the house to stay warm.

When your childhood starts that way, it is nearly impossible not to grow up with a certain respect, work ethic, and compassion for animals and the land on which they are raised.

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You grow up learning that you always do what needs to get done. That’s it. You do it, and you do it with respect, honesty, and not a little work ethic.
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We now live in Montana, not far from my parents working ranch just outside of Bozeman. My children have the opportunity to grow up hearing stories and learning life lessons that you don’t learn in school, and can’t be found on an ipad.
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There is a reverence and an appreciation for this place, cultivated through working hard and caring deeply for the animals and the land. They follow my dad everywhere on the ranch… on foot or horseback, fixing the fence, checking cattle, caring for horses, and of course, sneaking in time to play too. They are learning lessons and creating memories that run deeper than they know.
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Happy Fathers Day to all of the wonderful Fathers and Grandfathers out there. Especially mine.
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Lone Pine Ranch Featured in The Wall Street Journal & Other News Outlets

A Northern California ranch owned by the descendants of the late Dean Witter, founder of the eponymous investment bank, just hit the market for $31 million. Called Lone Pine Ranch, the roughly 27,000-acre property spans Trinity and Mendocino counties, about a six-hour drive from San Francisco. The approximately 5,300-square-foot main house has 10 bedrooms and five bathrooms.

The property includes timber and cattle operations as well as approximately 16½ miles of the Eel River. The roughly 800 cow-calf pairs are for sale separately, along with the equipment. There are also four other homes, two bunkhouses, barns, sheds and corrals. The area is home to elk, blacktail deer, pig, bear and quail. More press can be found here.

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While Most Montana Rivers are Blown Out, Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch is Fishing Like a Dream

This is a very dynamic time of year to fish Montana waters. Conditions can change by the day and even by the hour as flows are a huge part of the late spring fishing game. Most rivers and streams in the state are completely blown out. In fact, many areas are experiencing flooding.

Beaverhead- The river flows are high so nymph it hard and hold on tight!

Bitterroot/Blackfoot/Clarkfork/Rock Creek: These rivers are in flood stage and it would be better to fish elsewhere.

Gallatin River is not the best option in the area right now. Its running really high and really muddy.

Upper Madison River, with visibility decreasing with every tributary. Cabin and Beaver creeks are pumping mud as well as the west fork. The west fork is adding and extra 1,000 CFS to the river and cranking in mud.

Yellowstone River It has been approaching 20,000 CFS, and becoming to dangerous to float. Flows this big can move trees.

Big Hole river is big and dirty. It may have some flooding in areas over the next month. Best to pick another river.

Boulder River is around 3,000 CFS and rising. The water is dirty and the wading is dangerous.

Stillwater River is pumping a serious amount of water right now and on the rise. It is muddy and unfishable.

However, resting in the shadows of the rugged Tobacco Root and Highland Mountains in the historic and lush Jefferson River valley, lies the Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch.  It offers gorgeous scenery, miles of river, restored spring creek fishing, and it is currently fishing like a dream. Circle 9 has a private boat launch located on its .75± miles of Jefferson River frontage offering not only good opportunity for sizable browns and rainbows, but also solitude from the flotilla of fishermen found on some of the area’s other rivers. In an idyllic location, the ranch lies just 20 minutes from the town of Twin Bridges where the Jefferson River is formed by the confluence of the Ruby, Beaverhead, and Big Hole Rivers.

Springtime in the Rockies

By: Cody Lujan

Spring is perhaps one of the best times of the year to view wildlife on Colorado mountain ranches and retreats. While the closing of ski area lifts and the receding of snow brings a short window of calm and quiet to communities throughout the Rockies, the region’s wildlife is awake and on the move.  The warming and greening of valleys and mountain slopes brings an influx of animals migrating to spring and summer grounds as well as the awakening of hibernating denizens.

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Elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and pronghorn are migrating back to their calving grounds and seemingly following the snow line as it draws higher into the backcountry. These animals are active throughout the day during this time of year and can be found grazing and browsing in the open. Similarly, the raptor, song bird, and water fowl migration is in full swing with birds arriving daily.

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Along with the opportunity to see a ranch without snow or tall grass covering the ground, spring affords the opportunity to enjoy the spring turkey “rut”.

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If you’re looking for a quiet time of the year to get a good of lay of the land as well as to check out the wildlife on a specific property, springtime can often be the best time.

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