Montana Bison & Guest Ranch
has sizzle and appeal on multiple levels ...
This ranch is situated perfectly right in the middle of some of the very best elk hunting in the state. In fact, it doesn't really matter whether you prefer archery or rifle hunts, this place has it all. One of the ranch owners has the hunting harvest proof... he has taken many large bulls with his compound bow. He has ten Pope and Young framed certificates hanging on his living room wall. All of his harvested bulls are from the ranch. His awards place him within the top five archers in the state of Montana (see slideshow to the right for those award certificates). There have been many additional large bulls taken from the ranch by others over the past few years which have scored between 375 to 400 points, Pope & Young or Boone & Crocket.
How about deer hunting?
The ranch has some of the best resident mule deer in Montana. White Tail deer migrate in from the East and can be seen often throughout the year. Each year several very large mule deer bucks are harvested from the ranch.
Ranch topography map showing BLM in yellow and State in Blue.
River Activities and Other Recreational Elements!
With 6 miles of the Judith River running through the ranch, you'll find a great opportunity for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and other forms of water sports. Whether the river is used on-site or for long distance float trips for many miles, it would certainly add another exciting recreational element for guest ranch activities. Or, how about enjoying the stunning Montana wilderness on foot or by horseback, mountain bike, zip-lining, camping and bison hayride tour/feeding adventures?
There’s GOLD in the river and under the meadows!
Yes, recently discovered placer gold to be exact. However, we’re not currently sure as to the extent. The potential is huge and on a grand scale. At a minimum, it does provide for a large recreational element with panning and sluicing. The ranch is only a few miles downstream from all areas noted in this gold publication: http://www.westernmininghistory.com/articles/140/page1
Why not? Many fossils and bones are constantly being discovered in the region. What a great element to add to any form of guest entertainment.
With water comes fish!
The ranch has two private lakes stocked with trout, yellow perch or channel catfish. As for the Judith River, it lends itself as a superb fishery. It has rainbow and brown trout, walleye, channel catfish, sauger, northern pike and yellow perch.
Let’s analyze the bison & livestock facilities in detail:
These facilities include a total of 16 miles of 8 foot high fencing. The fences are constructed with strong pressure treated wood posts together with heavy gauge steel posts. The wire is heavy gauge hog wire style fencing. The fences are constructed with strength in mind respecting the natural instincts of bull bison and the possibility of a wildfire. The posts are staggered, such as wood, steel, wood, steel. There are 25 heavy gauge steel gates servicing the facilities. It's widely recognized in the industry that bison will not stay contained inside any average type cattle fencing enclosure. Given the quality of our on-site bison fencing, this issue is completely mitigated.
The bison enclosures consist of 4 main pastures, with an additional corral and handling facility. If desired, one large pasture would serve well as a superb hunting preserve area with great character, varied terrain, groves of pine and fir, high protein grasses and a year around creek, which is all basically an understatement.
Many large open areas are predominantly sagebrush community, mixed with a variety of high protein grasses and forbs. Other types of brush are scattered throughout, such as juniper brush, snowbrush and buffaloberry brush. Around the creek bottoms, there are scattered large cottonwood and willow trees. Some small beaver ponds are scattered up and down Salt Creek. Not only would this facility be perfect for meat production, but also quite superb as a sport hunting arrangement for bull bison.
Three miles of Salt Creek runs right through the middle of the largest pasture. This is a year around creek and it has a perfect location for a gorgeous 10 to 15 acre lake.
This ranch is available now as a "FULL-SERVICE TURN-KEY OPERATION" for bison! Though it also functions well for horses, cattle, sheep and other possible livestock.
The ranch headquarters currently includes the following:
3 double story homes, 2 barns, shop/garage with walk-in cooler.
On one long strategic ridge-top, we had obtained an FAA approval for a 3,300’ private landing strip. It is shown and map referenced lower on this page.
Additional opportunity to seriously consider:
There are presently two other contiguous ranches that may still be FOR SALE! These additional properties could provide for a major expansion of the existing bison facility and/or for hay production. By including any or all of these properties with the Montana Bison Ranch, the entirety would create one of the premier bison meat production and sport hunting ranches in the Country. One of those ranches can be viewed by visiting this website: http://phillips-realty.com/002-private-sportsmans-judith-river-ranch/
How about game birds?
Lately, the ranch owners have been improving the game bird habitat by planting high protein alfalfa, sanfoin, oats, wheat and barley. Since these plantings, many ring-neck pheasants and Hungarian partridge are making the ranch their permanent home. These improved habitat areas actually benefit all the ranch wildlife, including the elk and deer.
~ Behold ~ Water Galore!
SIX MILES of the stunning Judith River snakes right through the middle of the ranch. With four fully documented water rights on the Judith River, and two more on Salt Creek and Bear Springs Creek, this ranch is extremely well watered. Irrigation of the deep fertile soils in and around the river meadows and Salt Creek Basin make it ideal for high protein hay crops such as alfalfa, sanfoin, oats and other grasses and legumes. We worry little about wildfire and the lack of livestock feed. From the photos alone, it's obvious this ranch is NOT in California. (See two photos in the slide to the left showing 6 ft tall rain irrigated meadow grass.)
Something worth mentioning...the Judith River is supported by one of the world’s largest cold water springs, (Big Spring). The spring source is located a short distance from Lewistown, a few miles up-stream from the ranch. We never worry about running low on water ............. ever!
We all know that a picture's worth a 1000 words - and given that fact, we made a special effort to provide the many photos contained herein. Enjoy your visit.
The red star represents the most exquisite building area on the property.
3 dimensional aerial view of the ranch.
5 views from 1 strategic location; 2 up-river, 2 down-river plus mountains.
The Montana Bison & Guest Ranch
was for sale for only: $5,900,000
Price now slashed to $4,000,000 due to wildfire damage.
New photos and damage list available upon request.
The Ranch has the potential to be transferred in 3 separate large blocks with separate prices for each unit. It is located at 850 Three Mile Road, Hilger, Fergus County, MT and consists of a total of 4,000 deeded acres. There’s an additional 1,600 acres of leased BLM and State land, which is used for cattle grazing and will transfer together with a sale of the ranch. This is an "all-year" facility at about 2,800' elevation in a warmer portion of the State. The bison enclosures and related facilities are within the 4,000 deeded acre area and consist of about 1,500 acres. All of our water and mineral rights will transfer including gold, gravel, oil and gas . Those docs are on file and available for review. The local phone and Internet provider has recently installed high-speed broadband fiber optic services to the ranch headquarters. We have not caved in to various special interests and land trusts with respect to entering any agreements to inhibit and restrict the full use of the land and water via a "conservation easement". We believe that decision is best left to the next owner of the ranch. The title remains very clean. The ranch borders millions of acres of government land which provides for a huge recreational component (see "Montana Cadastral" via the Internet http://svc.mt.gov/msl/mtcadastral/ - 1st, find Fergus County; 2nd, scope-in to find Winifred; 3rd, go west to the Judith River; 4th, go south/upstream three miles to the ranch center). Most of the government land mentioned above, adjoins to the northerly side of the ranch.
Contact: Ed Bowman
209-560-3023 or by email at: MontanaBisonRanch@gmail.com
The corresponding domain name www.MontanaBisonRanch.com can be included with the transfer of the subject property.
Long white line represents the FAA approved 3,300' conceptual air-strip ridge-top location.
Bison ......... it's what's for supper! Everything else - pales in comparison.
When considering the purchase of a ranch in the Northwest, ask yourself this question: Do I want the ranch to be accessible and highly usable year-round? All properties in the Northwest over 4000 ft elevation, are generally "seasonal operations". The Montana Bison & Guest Ranch is able to avoid this problem for the most part given its climatic location and its elevation at approx. 2900 ft.