Beachfront Paradise on Oso Peninsula of Costa Rica Hits Market

By: Bill McDavid

Years ago, I spent three weeks in Costa Rica exploring its interior and west coast from the Nicoya Peninsula all the way south to the Osa Peninsula right next to Panama. At the time, I was simply on a personal quest to see another land and wasn’t thinking at all about real estate. I was fascinated with and had never seen (and still haven’t) so much diversity packed into a relatively small country.

I started in a geothermal wonderland near the Arenal Volcano where I sat in a hot spring like none I have seen elsewhere. Picture a clear, mountain stream tumbling over boulders… with hot water. I traveled over the mountains through the Monteverde Cloud Forest down onto the Pacific Coast where tiny towns like Santa Teresa and Mal Pais exist because of a thriving surf culture. I made my way south towards the Osa, a place that National Geographic calls the most biologically intense place on earth.

This region quickly became one of my favorite places on earth. I boated across the bay to the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary where I met “Sweetie”, an orphaned monkey who had been raised by humans. She had recently received a nasty bite on her leg. She beckoned me with her eyes and showed me exactly how she wanted to scratch it in a most human way. I felt as if I had just encountered a talking dog. Sweetie rode around on my shoulders and introduced me to all sorts of creatures from avian to reptilian.

Now years later, my experience there has translated to an opportunity to market a piece of property that would lead most to gasp in disbelief that it is possible to even own something like this. Finca Rio Oro is a substantial holding by any measure. Not only is there a multitude of flora and fauna, there is also over a mile of frontage on the planet’s largest ocean which is teeming with life. Costa Rica is all about life… pura vida.

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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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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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Montana Trout Fishing Season is Looking GOOD!

To quote Explore Big Sky columnist Patrick Straub, “Reports are trickling in, chatter is growing louder in the corners of local fly shops, and pullouts are being used more by anglers than for excess snow. Don’t put your skis or boards away yet—some of the best snow of the season will soon fall on the slopes. But if you take your recreation seriously, have your waders and rod at the ready at all times because we are in the season of potential.”

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Some parts of Montana received record-breaking snowfall in February, resulting in well-above-normal snowpack totals for March 1 for most river basins, according to snow survey data collected by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Twenty-five SNOTEL stations and manual measurement locations set new records for February totals, and 21 measurements at other locations were the second highest on record. Long story short, spring fishing should be great and late summer and fall fishing should remain strong.

If you are in the market to buy a Montana Fly Fishing Ranch, here are some great options.

IX Ranch Featured in December 2017 Issue of Western Horseman

We were thrilled with the feature story in the December 2017 issue of Western Horseman profiling IX Ranch.  The IX Ranch is a legacy ranch – it is huge, has a long history of stable ownership and a respected reputation in reputation ranch country.  Its central Montana location is 80 miles northeast of Great Falls and adjacent to the town of Big Sandy. The current owners are the second owners in the ranch’s 128-year history. To read the full story, click the image below.

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This professionally managed operation runs a cattle herd of 4,300. They currently winter around 3,375 bred females, 120 3-year-and-younger bulls and ranch horses, together with 4,000 tons of winter feed. In the spring, around 650 of the previous years’ heifer calves will return to the ranch for breeding from a grow-lot near Billings. The operation covers over 126,000± acres, of which 59,809± is deeded and the majority of the balance being State grazing leases. To view the official listing, click here.

Texas Farm & Ranch Auction Totals $24 Million+

Over 150 bidders attended the 11,831 acre Texas Farm and Ranch Auction on November 14th in Athens, TX.  Seven of the 45 registered bidders prevailed in a spirited competition for 16 tracts.  The auction totaled $24,034,970.  Negotiations are proceeding on remaining parcels.

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