North Carolina Plantation For Sale Profiled by Bloomberg

We were excited to see Willow Oaks Plantation profiled by  The beautiful and diverse property comprised of 1,769± acres is situated on the Dan River in Rockingham County, North Carolina. It is an incredibly rich and bountiful recreational hunting property.  This area of North Carolina is regarded as the state’s trophy belt for whitetail deer and Willow Oaks is known to be one of its premiere spots.

An excerpt from the article reads: Although the plantation is vast, potential buyers will find that it requires “very little maintenance,” Dick said. When he acquired it, it was run as a dairy farm, but he got rid of the cows and turned the barn and other facilities into a guest lodge. (In Byrd’s time, the property was almost entirely wild; subsequent owners converted it into a large-scale farm.) Dick said that when he bought the land, “it’s not that it was mismanaged; it just wasn’t managed at all.” Grazing pastures were overgrown, roads on the property were eroded, and the 7,722-square-foot house had fallen into disrepair. “I did a total renovation of the house,” he said. “I actually put it up on temporary supports in order to redo its foundation. You name it, I did it.” 


Four Bear Ranch Profiled by LA Times

Four Bear Ranch, a 1,246-acre Cody, Wyoming mountain retreat and hunting property once home to “Gunsmoke” writer Ron Bishop, was recently profiled by The Los Angeles Times. While the article incorrectly states that Bishop owned the ranch, he did live in the Olive Fell house courtesy of the Weiss family – the owners of the Four Bear Ranch at that time.

An excerpt from the article reads:

“Set within a basin adjoining the Shoshone National Forest, the ranch has art and literary ties that precede Bishop’s ownership. Printmaker, painter and sculptor Olive Fell once owned the property, which has a guesthouse named for the noted artist. Adding to its pedigree, author Ernest Hemingway purportedly visited the ranch on a number of occasions.”

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Four Bear Ranch is an exceptionally convenient, easily accessible but totally private wilderness retreat near one of Wyoming’s sought-after communities. The ranch has a complete and totally appropriate set of improvements sited in one of the most dramatically beautiful locations imaginable. Wyoming’s status as a tax haven with no state income and inheritance tax cannot be ignored as well. It should also be noted that there are no conservation easements on the ranch, nor are there any other easements through the ranch.

Randy Shelton Interviewed by “City Streets and Country Roads”

Hall and Hall Partner Randy Shelton was interviewed by “City Streets and Country Roads.” He discusses the ranch real estate market and Hall and Hall’s history at the 14:45 mark.

City Streets Country Roads – Real Estate from Community Seven Television on Vimeo.

“Texas News and Views” Radio Show Features Tyler Jacobs of Hall and Hall

Texas Farm Bureau’s “Texas News and Views” radio program recently featured Hall and Hall partner, Tyler Jacobs, commenting about insurance considerations for those buying or selling rural property.

Here is a link to the program.

TylerJacobsTyler lives and ranches five miles outside of Montgomery, TX.   Graduating from Texas Tech University with his degree in Wildlife and Fisheries management, he has had professional and entrepreneurial experience in hunting operations, timber valuation, cow/calf and yearling operations, grass-fed beef production, and land-use planning. Currently serving as President of the Texas Land Brokers Network, he also is an affiliated member of RLI, TSCRA, MCBIA, and TALB. A proud fifth-generation Texan, Tyler holds the legacy of land ownership in the highest regard.


Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust Roundup BBQ

By: Mike Fraley

On a beautiful August evening, my wife and I were fortunate enough to attend the Annual Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust Roundup Barbeque held at the C Bar B Ranch, thanks to the generous hospitality of Steve and Marty Gose, and managers Gary and Mary Ann Grubb.

Mike and board of trustee member Steve Laird and wife Penny.

Mike and board of trustee member Steve Laird and wife Penny.

Hall and Hall was one of the sponsors for this event, and it was our privilege to represent a company which places such a high value on land conservation in the state of Wyoming.  The night was full of great music, conversation and catching up with ranching couples from around the state.  A wonderful dinner, auction and a warm welcome from Mantha Phillips, chairman of the board of directors of the WSGA Land Trust, started the night off.  Many ranchers and conservationists were recognized for their efforts, which have protected over 235,000 acres of productive ag-lands.  The evening was highlighted when Pat O’Toole was awarded the Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award for his work with water and habitat conservation not only in Wyoming, but at a national level.

Hosting ranch owners Steve and Marty Gose, and Board of Director Rob Hendry.

Hosting ranch owners Steve and Marty Gose, and Board of Director Rob Hendry.

This conserved acreages includes:

- 105,397 acres of sage-grouse habitat

- 67,125 acres of grasslands

- 21,125 acres of hay and pasture land

- 17,125 acres of wetlands

- 13,524 acres of forests

Mark Gordon, local Johnson County rancher and Wyoming State Treasurer, was the keynote speaker, and as a fellow Johnson County cattle producer I really appreciated many of his points.  “We have a care and relationship with the land that can’t be had by a government fiat relationship. It is now important that we endure.  A feature of our state is that when we started in 1890, agriculture was the backbone of Wyoming. All of these years later, it is important that we are careful with our resources.  If we are careful, we can continue to fund and make good investments with the land and resources of our state.“

The evening was concluded with an incredible live auction, auctioneered by the notorious Larry Brannian of Brannian Auction Company. Buyers were more than generous with their financial contributions.  Monies raised will assist the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust in conserving our state’s great resources.

A special thanks goes out to the hosting ranch owners, the Gose family, and the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust staff, board members, and the many volunteers for an exceptional evening!

Auctioneer Larry Brannian.

Auctioneer Larry Brannian.

A special thanks goes out to the hosting ranch owners, the Gose family, and the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust staff, board members, and the many volunteers that pulled off an exceptional evening! *Photo Credit - Wyatt DeVries.

Hobble Diamond Ranch Profiled by Bloomberg TV

Located 12 miles east of Big Timber, running along 6 miles of the Yellowstone River and north into the foothills, the Hobble Diamond Ranch is a fully improved 1000-plus animal unit ranch.  Operating on over 30,000± deeded and leased acres, the ranch boasts exceptional working improvements, 1,250± acres of irrigated cropland, extensive riparian areas along the river and thousands of acres of scenic foothill rangeland.  This diversified self-contained operation also produces excess hay and grain to sell as cash crops when market conditions warrant.

The owner’s compound is located in the cottonwoods along the river in a very private setting.  It is exquisite with a magnificent owner’s home, guest cabins and bunkhouse.  This offering is the complete package – balanced cattle operation, fishing, wildlife, the finest of working improvements and a tasteful owner’s compound.

Bloomberg’s James Tarmy has the details on “Bloomberg Markets.”