Elk Hunting on Montana Ranches

By: Keith Lenard

September is the cruelest month. The crisp autumn air hearkens nostalgically and golden aspens beckon us to the mountains during still-long days. For the first time this year, the light lengthens and falls softly across the broad Montana river valleys, setting off a riot of glinting sparkles across our pristine trout rivers. Snow dusts the tips of close peaks like whip cream on a sundae. Elk bugle in the high country and majestic herd bulls round up large harems of cows. And the wind just shifted and sent the whole lot running down the mountain.

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It’s not over, you tell yourself. There are plenty more elk in them there hills and you shoulder your pack and go searching for the next magic moment. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to hunt many of our listings during bow season. The Dempsey Creek Ranch and the Hoover Creek timber property are just a few that can be mentioned. In fact, I got my first archery elk on Dempsey Creek, courtesy of the gracious new owners that had just acquired the property to continue their family’s legacy of cattle raising.

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Montana ranches for sale in our current inventory offer a multitude of exceptional properties with abundant, private elk and deer hunting opportunities. In western Montana, the Sula Peak, Warren Peak, Miller Lake and Lone Cypress Ranches each offer exceptional solitude and scenery, not to mention large elk. In central Montana, properties such as the Bull Mountain Ranch, Lippert Gulch and Elk Basin fill the bill. The IX Ranch, a legacy offering that is also rich in cattle-raising history, provides some of the best elk hunting in the world, with a hunt area that offers some of the most coveted permits in Montana. Colorado and Wyoming ranches for sale offer an equally rich and diverse opportunity to purchase your own wildlife nirvana.

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Regardless of whether you’re a hunter or just a wildlife enthusiast that marvels at the seasonal ritual of jousting monster bulls, Rocky Mountain ranches for sale provide a smorgasbord of rural land investment opportunities that will provide you and your family endless memories of sapphire skies, snowy mornings and bugling elk.

I haven’t managed to get my elk so far this bow season. Although I’ve been within 50 yards of elk every single day that I’ve been out, I haven’t managed to close the gap into bowshot range. I guess the cruelty and wonder will continue.

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The IX Ranch—No “Fixer Upper”

The IX Ranch is not a ranch requiring more capital expenditures after its purchase. It’s not like the situation often found among ranches for sale, a place that’s been let go because the owner is “over it” and has fallen off in his ranch maintenance, repair and reinvestment.

For example, it’s haying season in North Central Montana. Equipment needs to be in top condition to get through weeks of cutting, raking, bailing, hauling hay on fields over the ranch’s many miles. So, the IX just spent close to $300,000 on new haying equipment. It recently arrived on the ranch and includes a number of items from a $25,000 rake to a $120,000 tractor.

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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.

Hall and Hall Celebrates 70th Anniversary

By: Jim Taylor

Looking back over my 44 years at Hall and Hall, it seems like it was only yesterday that my career began as one of two real estate partners working with Warren Hall and Bob Morse who handled our loan and appraisal business. My real estate partner Bruce Toole was gone within the year, leaving me to build that side of the business, and Doug Hall came in during that first summer to work with Warren and Bob on the loan/appraisal side.

Doug C.Hall, Henry C.Hall,Sr. Warren P.Hall, and Henry Hall Jr.

Doug C.Hall, Henry C.Hall,Sr. Warren P.Hall, and Henry Hall Jr.

I was attracted to Hall and Hall because as a 27-year-old neophyte, I knew I needed the knowledge and credibility of an established firm and the ability, as a partner, to share in their established business. I had starved the previous year trying to do it on my own so I knew what the stakes were! Even back then Hall and Hall had already been around for over 25 years and had an impeccable reputation in the agricultural community.

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Henry Hall, Jr.

Doug was a couple years younger than me but Hall and Hall as a family company had been a part of his life since birth. The security of the well-established loan and appraisal business plus the reputation that his father Warren had built for Hall and Hall provided the spring board for us to leap into a future that involved building a full service real estate firm specializing in “Investment Quality Rural Real Estate” throughout the U.S. and in selected locations internationally.

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We were able to attract great people that allowed us to expand both our territory and our service offerings as we built a management business, a retained search business and an auction business. Hall and Hall has transitioned from a family owned company to an employee owned company that has grown to service a community of investors in and owners of some of the finest farms, ranches and exceptional land holdings throughout the U.S. and the world.

Hall and Hall Broker’s Photography Featured by National Geographic


Hall and Hall Partner, Bill McDavid, recently had several of his underwater photographs published by National Geographic and Northwest Fly Fishing Magazine. Bill, a longtime photographer, first took his camera underwater in 2012, and has since traveled widely with it capturing images most people will never see in both salt and fresh water.

National Geographic Editor, Lauri Hafvenstein, interviewed him in January about the techniques he uses to capture a subject against a black background. The result was a National Geographic Editor’s Spotlight Q&A published alongside a number of Bill’s images from a recent trip to Indonesia. One particularly exciting image is “Shrimp Hat,”  a photo featuring a nearly microscopic shrimp perched on the head of a Pygmy Seahorse. Considering that a fully grown Pygmy Seahorse is about 2 cm one can only imagine the scale of this image!

“It was one effect in particular that first drew me into Bill McDavid’s gallery: portraits of marine life, beautifully lit and composed against a black background.” – Lauri Hafvenstein

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“Shrimp Hat” in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Bill’s images of trout and salmon have certainly made the rounds over the last number of years. Most recently, Northwest Fly Fishing Magazine’s March/April 2016 cover features an image he captured of Hall and Hall Partner, Keith Lenard, hooked into a large brown trout on one of our Montana ranches for sale last summer. Inside, a 4-page spread displays a number of Bill’s images shot in the fresh, cold waters of the Northern Rockies.  With Fly Fishing being roughly a $750 million dollar industry, it is easy to see the draw of Bill’s photography. (1) To see more of Bill’s unique images visit http://www.billmcdavid.com/.

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“Brown Down Under” near Philipbsurg, Montana


Cited – (1) Gasson, Walt - http://www.southwickassociates.com/blog/2013/02/12/fly-fishing-by-the-numbers/


Wall Street Journal “House of the Year” Poll Includes Six Hall and Hall Listings.

We are thrilled that the 2015 Wall Street Journal “House of the Year” poll includes five of our current listings and one property that sold earlier in the year. Below are profiles of the homes in contention. Please vote for your favorite here.

The Farm at McCauley Butte rises above current market offerings in almost every way imaginable. Combining architectural significance with a unique ex-urban location, the property artfully blends luxury appointments, natural amenities and outstanding recreation.

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Crowned by an exceptional custom home perched on a bench overlooking the Elk River Valley, Sky River Ranch is distinguished by its live water, wildlife habitat, luxurious accommodations and spectacular panoramic vistas.

Sky River Ranch Colorado

An exquisite blend of nature and luxury, Kessler Canyon is one of Colorado’s hidden secrets. Located in a secluded, private valley and controlling a large expanse of high country wildlife habitat, this striking 15,000± acre property features luxurious accommodations, outstanding big game and upland bird hunting, fishing, and a breathtaking setting including the Brush Creek valley and Skinner Ridge.

Kessler Canyon Ranch Colorado

Wildflower Woods is a gorgeous 1,715± acre farm located just minutes from Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee and near the charming community of Leiper’s Fork. Rarely do you find a property of this stature situated as conveniently to these culturally significant and buzzing urban areas.

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Knob & Kettle Ranch is a true one-of-a-kind holding in Western Montana’s Blackfoot Valley offering something for everyone. There are over 1,185± deeded acres at the “end of the road” with nearly a mile of frontage directly on the Blackfoot River in an excellent stretch of fishing water.

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Located in the Sundance Bench, a private locked-gate development 40 miles south of Ennis, this 40± acre property know as Trollhaugen enjoys an exclusive end-of-the-road location on a high bench above the rest of the ranch.

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