Central Montana is removed from the more popular region of southwest Montana where a higher population density and attraction to the resort/mountain communities and Yellowstone Park command a more populated experience. One can find solitude in exploring the mountains throughout the Highwoods where the ranch resides, as well as the nearby Little Belt Mountains to the south and the abyss of public lands surrounding the Missouri River corridor known as the Missouri River Breaks. The experiences are expansive and explored by auto, foot, horse, or ATV. The attractiveness of this region is that not only is the landscape enormous, but also generally devoid of people.
Coldwater trout fisheries are distant from the ranch. However, Postill Creek (although diminutive) hosts a sustainable population of Brook trout which may be quite abundant. Nearby warm water fishing is nothing short of world-class on the Missouri River system and the remote impoundment, Fort Peck Reservoir. Here, giant walleye, smallmouth bass, pike, and landlocked salmon are commonly caught.
Perhaps the highlight of the region recreationally is the hunting. The quality of animals and their abundance is remarkable. The Highwood Mountain Range, coupled with the surrounding prairie and farming landscape, is a perfect habitat for mule deer, whitetail, antelope, elk, and upland birds. Food, habitat, and genetics combine to prove this region as a contender for producing some of the largest antlered animals in the state of Montana. Although there are a number of black bear and mountain lion throughout the region, wolves and grizzly bear remain unreported. Hunting in the absence of grizzlies has become more of a challenge in the state of Montana in recent times.
The Highwoods lies within Montana Hunt District 447. Archery season generally begins in early September and extends to mid-October. Rifle season begins around the end of October and extends towards the end of November with antelope season beginning in early October. Mule deer and whitetail are available to harvest without a special permit. The elk are governed through a permit drawing. There are roughly 3,700 archery tags given out for a wide region including HD 447. One hundred general season (rifle) tags are given out specific to HD 447. This, in part, ensures the quality of large bull elk in this unit. Applications are generally submitted by mid-March of any given year in advance of the season. Interested parties should consult with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for further details.