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.


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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Wyoming Ranch Sale a Win-Win for Ranchers and Farmers

In a recent Farm Progress story entitled, “Land Exchange Will Benefit Ranchers, Farmers,“  journalist Robert Waggener  writes that the recent sale of Bull Creek Ranch five miles southwest of Buffalo, Wyoming will allow ‘trade’ acquisition of state lands adjacent to the property. A proposed reservoir will hold “about 16,400 acre feet of water”, which can be used by area ranchers and farmers for irrigation as well as the City of Buffalo to meet long-term municipal water needs.

According to the article, the reservoir will dramatically improve in-stream flows for the trout fishery in Clear Creek, which Bull Creek feeds. Additionally, if the state acquires the ranch, it will be open for public use, including hunting and fishing, while ranch and farm lands would be leased for grazing and hay production.

“Developing the reservoir on Bull Creek has been one of many identified positive attributes of the Bull Creek Ranch, and Mr. Johnston bought the ranch with the intention of the land exchange,” says Jason Crowder, an assistant director for the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments. “If the exchange goes through, we view it as a win-win for everyone.”

Bull Creek Wyoming Ranch for sale

Bull Creek Ranch lies adjacent to the Bighorn National Forest and encompasses some of the Bighorn Mountains within its boundaries. It is one of the largest private holdings in existence on the Bighorn Front and certainly the largest to be offered for sale in recent history. This ranch has been in the same family ownership for nearly 100 years, has no structural improvements and is unencumbered by conservation easements. The property is an excellent livestock grazing ranch with good water development and loads of wildlife. There are numerous spring-fed, aspen-filled draws which combine with a diversity of terrain and cover to make Bull Creek Ranch into what we believe to be the best private elk hunting ranch along the Bighorn Mountains.
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Fall Days on Wyoming Ranches

For so many of us who share a love for the Rocky Mountains and all the area offers, fall is our favorite season.  With the brilliant changing colors, the abundant wildlife, and mild weather it’s easy to see why this is a favorite time of year.  For those who are involved in cattle ranching, the Fall season means long days of moving cattle off of summer pasture, pregnancy checking cows, pre-conditioning calves and shipping.

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It means hard decisions about whether or not to sale this year’s calf crop now or hold onto them a little longer.  This year we have enjoyed an unusually mild Fall, but a “not so favorable” cattle market.  The cattle market dropped dramatically, starting in August and continuing through early October.  Late October is starting to show signs of an improving market, with beef commodity prices steadily rising.


Last week I helped a client ship his calves and pregnancy check their cows.  The talk between cattlemen in the corrals surrounded the gamble that ranching involves.  Several area ranchers have sold their calves already while others have made the decision to hold onto theirs for a while longer with hopes that the market will continue to improve.  So much of the gamble involves circumstances that are beyond our control, number one being the weather.  Because of a very wet spring and the mild weather throughout the Fall, this year’s grass is as good as it’s been in a long time.  Seasons like this fall on Wyoming ranches give cattlemen a lot to be thankful for as well as a lot to look forward to.


Price Reductions on Ranches For Sale

Several notable ranches for sale have recently experienced significant price reductions.

The 10,540± acre Choteau Mountain Ranch is now being offered for $8.9 million. It is located an incredibly scenic area of Montana and is ideal for a buyer with a thirst for adventure and an interest in wildlife.

Choteau Mountain Ranch

Located in south central Oregon one hour east Klamath Falls, Pine Mountain Cattle Company (PMCC), an impressive operating and recreational ranch that features 7,810± deeded acres and over 10 miles of the North Fork of the Sprague River and Merrill Creek, has a new asking price of $7.9 million.

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The Beaverhead Ranch in Pinedale, WY is an idealic ranch retreat adjoining National Forest with creeks, a five-acre lake, trees and tremendous views. It encompasses around 700 deeded acres with a modern, 5,000 square foot log lodge and shop, and is home to abundant wildlife and scenery. Its price has been reduced to $3.85 million.

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The 159± acre Flint Creek Range Retreat near Philipsburg, MT has an extensive and highly functional collection of improvements including a main home, guest homes, bunkhouses, barn and more. The new asking price is $2.65 million.

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Wyoming Ranch For Sale Graces Cover of American Cattlemen Magazine

Hall and Hall Auctions will be handling the August 23, 2012 sale of the 28,811± acre Snowy Range Ranch at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie, WY at 1:30 pm MST. The property is one of the most desirable Wyoming ranches for sale to hit the auction block in decades, and the interest is expected to be very high.

Crisscrossing the landscape of southeastern Wyoming where each season is an endless inspiration, the verdant pastoral lands that envelop the Little Laramie River make way to the lush meadows of the rolling countryside dotted with beautiful, old homesteads hidden behind sagging timbers. The forested high country is the pinnacle of Snowy Range Ranch, with clear waters, emerald meadows and brilliant starry nights. This expansive natural beauty and riparian landscape is a sanctuary for wildlife where native species flourish and live harmoniously in a modern working ranch environment. The property is an ode to preservation, where rich heritage and astonishing beauty collide.

Steeped in western history laced with a tradition of fine horses, this unique hideaway, situated only seven miles off a scenic byway, offers complete solitude and privacy, but remains an easy 30 minute drive from Laramie. The setting offers an exceptional combination of convenience and unparalleled seclusion amid spectacular vistas.

“Snowy Range Ranch follows the eastern slope of the Snowy Range at elevations up to 9,100 feet for five miles through heavy timber, creek bottoms, rocky ridge lines, and across upland pastures dotted with sage, pine, aspen and cottonwoods,” said listing broker James Rinehart of Western United Realty. “The ranch provides excellent grazing and winter feed along with abundant water for easy ranch management.”

Possessing all the amenities highly sought after in today’s market, a property like Snowy Range Ranch almost never comes up for auction. The ranch features four homes, including a manager’s home, a very nice owner’s estate, two hangars, a 2,200 ft. landing strip, a concrete helicopter pad, updated barns, corrals, shipping facilities and a number of other operational buildings. The trout fishing on the streams that meander through the property is excellent, and a large elk, deer, and antelope population of more than 800 head roams the ranch.  Wildlife residents of the ranch also include red-tail fox, bald eagle, turkeys, and moose. The property would provide for exceptional conservation easement values.

The breeding facility includes 20 indoor stalls with outdoor runs adjacent to a 48,000 sq. feet indoor arena. This offers an ideal setting for training and working horses. The climate controlled arena is large enough for quality roping, reining, and barrel racing and ranch rodeos. Outdoor paddocks with shelters and a storage building for feed and shavings are additional amenities.

“The profitability of Snowy Range Ranch as a working ranch coupled with the equine facilities and allure of its recreational amenities truly makes it one of the finest properties available in America today,” said Rinehart. “Not only is Snowy Range Ranch an amazingly productive ranch for year-round cattle and equine operations, it also yields an average of 2 tons of hay per acre on 700+ acres and it has an additional 4,800± acres of adjudicated water rights for irrigated and sub-irrigated pastures.”

Snowy Range Ranch will be offered in 16 tracts, ranging from 25 to 7,624 acres. Information days to view the property are: Wednesday, July 25th: 3pm-5pm MST;  Thursday, July 26th: 9am-11am MST;  Thursday, August 9th: 3pm-5pm MST;  Friday, August 10th: 9am-11am MST. All information days are being held at Tract 5 at the Horse Arena.

For more information on the Snowy Range Ranch auction, contact Scott Shuman of Hall and Hall Auctions at 800.829.8747 or James Rinehart at 307-745-6024.

The Snowy Ranch Ranch auction is the cover story for the August 2012 issue of American Cattlemen magazine.

Snowy Range Ranch’s 28,811± acres embody the spirit of the pioneer ranch which epitomizes the American West.