Last Wednesday, Cody Bill Boyce, the oldest child and only daughter of Bill & Kim Boyce, won a blue ribbon at the Central Montana Fair for her market pig, Yoda, who weighs in at an impressive 258 lbs. Not bad for a pig. For market evaluation the pig is evaluated on Leanness, Growth, Volume & Structural Soundness. As a Freshman in the prestigious Fergus FFA youth program, Cody purchases, prepares, and sells her pig as part of her SAE project which will continue throughout her high school years requiring her to keep a budget and a running account of her project.
Skiing has been great at Moonlight Basin and Big Sky ski resorts this year with timely six-inch snowfalls showing up every few days. There is currently a winter storm watch with one to two feet of the white stuff expected today and tomorrow at elevations over 6000 feet. This may be the big dump we’ve been hoping for. We’re having a blast. Come on out to Montana and bring the kids. Greg Fay
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The 35th Annual International Sportsman's Show was held this weekend in Denver, bringing the best in hunting, fishing & outdoor sports shows in the western United States. This year I brought along my four year old son Blake to checkout all the terrific gear & exhibits. For him it was like Disneyland as there was unlimited fun to be had, including learning to tie his first fly (the San Juan worm). For me, it was an opportunity to say hello and support the many outdoor enthusiasts I've come to know through business or personally over the years and meet new ones.
Springtime is a little late in Central Montana this year and so the thing on every rancher's mind by Mid-April was branding. The weather in Lewistown, MT may not have co-operated, but folks around here are used to dealing with that, by the end of the month we had managed to get this year's calf crop on the Boyce Ranch done, as well as helping many of our neighbors with theirs. It's a fun time of year, with the kids getting involved roping and wrestling calves, and it seems to make summer more of a reality than just something you have been dreaming of all winter.
I was up skiing this past Friday at Big Sky/Moonlight Basin in Montana with my 5 year old son Sam. It was a blue bird day with 6 inches of fresh snow. We’ve received another 20 inches since then. So far the snowpack is excellent which bodes well for fly fishing our rivers this summer. Big Sky/Moonlight is the largest ski area in the lower 48 states in both vertical feet and skiable acres and we have no lift lines. Pretty ideal place to live.
We wanted to take some time to introduce Everdawn (Ever) Charles as the newest member of the Fay Ranches real estate team. Ever comes to us as our new Office Manager for the Bozeman, MT headquarters office and has a great background in administrative work and success. She’s worked for one of the largest jewelry stores in southwest Montana as well as assisted in running a statewide non-profit organization in the past. Her husband is also a great “Montana guy” named Josh and is a firefighter here in the Bozeman area. Their children are nothing less than gorgeous and adorable as well.
Opening day for pheasant hunting is always an exciting time. We had beautiful weather in Lewistown and excellent hunting dogs. There is no better way to spend a fall day in Montana than hunting with good friends in the field. Below are some recent photos from opening day with a few good clients and friends of Fay Ranches.
On a recent family outing I was struck by how many people never experience some of the greatest enjoyments provided by rural American life. The fall is a time for pumpkins, gourds, maple syrup and harvest celebrations. Unfortunately most people go to the local supermarket or farmers market to do their harvesting. There are whole generations who have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch and never think about where their produce comes from. I can proudly say that this is simply not true for my kids. They have been on farms and ranches and even harvested produce.
Bill Boyce of Fay Ranches has been a card carrying member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association since 1989 and has qualified for the Montana Circuit Finals in the calf roping, steer wrestling and the team roping events for over 20 years. He has won calf roping and all-around cowboy titles in the Montana Pro Circuit and qualified for the Dodge National Circuit Finals in Pocatello, ID 5 times. Bill’s passion is horses and the cowboy way of life, whether he is competing in the rodeo events, training colts or working on his family’s ranch in Lewistown, MT, he believes very much in staying close to his roots and continuing the traditions taught to him by his grandparents, Claire & Edna Boyce.