TIME Magazine Names Bozeman, Montana Best Place to Live

An excerpt from the article reads:

“It doesn’t get much more scenic than Bozeman, Mont., a picturesque college town nestled between four mountain ranges and located just 90 minutes from Yellowstone National Park. A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, Bozeman boasts easy access to world-class skiing, fishing, hiking, rafting, and more. It also offers a charming downtown area and a surprisingly vibrant cultural scene, thanks to the presence of Montana State University and a number of art and music events like the annual Sweet Pea Festival. The economy is expected to keep expanding; Moody’s Analytics predicts 11.4% job growth over the next five years.” —Ismat Sarah Mangla

Located just 20 minutes west of Bozeman, with easy access to Big Sky Resort and just a few miles from the Madison River, Elk Creek Ranch’s 1,166.70± acres make up a strong agricultural base with excellent recreational opportunities.

elk-creek-097Whispering Pines is a 41± acre tract of conifer-covered foothills located in the southeast corner of the Gallatin Valley, in the highly desirable mountain community of Bozeman, Montana.whispering-pines-054

East Front Ranch and Farm Owner Feels Blessed

Hall and Hall Partner Dave Johnson received a wonderful text message today from the owner of East Front Ranch and Farm, a scenic & productive 10,000 acre ranch for sale near Conrad, Montana.

“Today while we’re at the ranch it was truly a pleasure to trail cattle in the lush pastures that the wonderful moisture has provided. This year’s hay crop should be bountiful. Years like this produce heavy calves that come into the fall market big and soggy. Truly a day ranchers feel blessed with all the goodness mother nature can provide.”

From being able to run 800 head of cattle with no farming, to cropping 2,300+/- acres of dryland, all set against a backdrop of the dramatically scenic 8,000-foot peaks of the eastern front of the Rocky Mountains, this is a phenomenal property.

Elk, deer and grizzlies roam the mountains, while antelope, whitetail and pheasant call the farm home.

This  grizzly bear was photographed by cell phone only yesterday.

The 10,000+/- acres lie in two blocks — an almost 3,000 acre farm at lower elevations and a 7,500+/- acre rangeland block on the mountain.

It is rural, with town 18 miles away (population 2,500), but full services and commercial flights are within an hour’s drive.

For more information, contact David Johnson at 406-587-3090.

Thank You Firefighters

As the warm, dry weather persists into late September, all of us at Hall & Hall wish to thank the many people across the country battling wildfires. This is a year when people are loosing homes and businesses, as well as livestock and crops. It is extremely dangerous work that usually occurs in remote and often rugged terrain.  Our hats are off to you.

LARRY MAYER/Billings Gazette

Randy Shelton Visits Rivers End Ranch in Custer, Montana

By Randy Shelton

The other day I was taking photographs of geese sitting in the fields of  Rivers End Ranch near Custer, Montana. Rivers End Ranch offers the ideal property for one who is interested in both top agricultural production and top quality whitetail deer, waterfowl and pheasant hunting. The property has the ability to earn a significant income from farming which actually compliments the hunting resource. The world famous trout fishing of the upper Big Horn River is less than a 45-minute drive away, making the Rivers End Ranch a multi-season income producing property with ready access to year-round trout fishing. Those features, combined with excellent access just an hour from Billings, make this an exceptionally desirable offering. READ MORE [Read more...]

Looking for Snow in Montana

By: Bill McDavid

Lolo Pass – About 10 miles south of Missoula, Highway 12 takes a 90 degree turn to the west along Lolo Creek up and over Lolo Pass then descending down along the riverbanks of the Lochsa and Clearwater Rivers. It was along this path that Lewis and Clark suffered one of the most treacherous efforts of their journey. It was September when they began their climb to the top of the pass through dense timber on steep slopes. They were hit with an early snowstorm, an event not all that uncommon in this part of the world, making their travels even more difficult. [Read more...]

Montana Ranch is Wall Street Journal’s House of the Day

Sitting Bull Ranch, a Montana ranch offering outstanding agricultural land, world-class hunting and top shelf accommodations is featured as the House of the Day in today’s Wall Street Journal.

Some of the amenities at Sitting Bull include:

  • A 8,340 sq. ft Main Lodge with two master suites and four additional guest rooms.
  • ADA accessible facilities.
  • One R.V. site complete with concrete pad, water and power.
  • The “Boone and Crockett club” with custom bar, poker table, indoor waterfall with spectacular wildlife scene. This room is truly set up for entertaining.
  • A 40×60 sq. ft. heated and insulated shop complete with office and an insulated walk in cooler for wildlife game processing. We even added a fireplace up at the shop to make working there enjoyable. We also have electric heat at the shop as well.
  • An over-sized four stall garage for vehicles that is heated and insulated.
  • A separate mechanical/electric room pre-wired for a generator, solar, wind generating system. Designed to feed the main lodge.
  • A very modern bunkhouse that is A.D.A accesible with two seperate bedrooms, private bathroom, and it’s own kitchen.
  • Four chalets scattered through camp with porches and concrete walkways.
  • A recently completed guest center with 3,400 sq. ft. under roof. Complete with large kitchen, dining facilities, comfort station and entertainment area… again all A.D.A accesible.
  • Four cabins scattered across the ranch set up for overnite stays.

Sitting Bull Ranch features one of Montana's finest 18-hole disc golf courses, a motocross course, a 500 yard rifle range and 10 hunting blinds.

The ranch is meticulously maintained and features an exceptional set of improvements which include a 8,340 sq. ft. main lodge, a 3,400 sq. ft. guest center, a 2,400 sq. ft. heated shop, four guest cabins, and an array of ancillary buildings used to support this world class retreat.