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Oregon Experiencing High Demand for Farms, Ranches

By Jerry Hicks, Principal Broker It’s that time of year when we lucky brokers at Fay Ranches get to see new ranches and explore magnificent rural and remote sporting properties. It is also the time of year when more sellers start listing their properties. Spring is always a busy time of year for us, but […]

East vs. West: Understand Water Rights Before Buying a Ranch

By John Anderson, Broker Understanding the history behind the Law of Prior Appropriations is not only interesting, but also important when investing in a ranch. There are two main types of water right systems actively used in the United States today: the Riparian system and the Law of Prior Appropriations. Many eastern states utilize the Riparian […]

Calving Season, Bull Selection Prove Cattle Industry Still King in Montana

By Kimberly Lowry, Broker Associate Photos by Hailey Rae, Montana Ag Photography Spring is in the air in Montana, and while newborn calves dot the landscape, producers across the state are already busy planning and preparing for the 2019 calving season. With a gestation period of 283 days, give or take a few, planning for the […]

Oregon Boasts Some of the Best Elk Hunting in the U.S.

By: Jerry Hicks, Principal Broker If you haven’t been elk hunting in Oregon, you’re missing out. Oregon repeatedly lands on lists for great elk hunting, but it’s still relatively undiscovered. People often opt for more well-known elk hunting areas like Colorado and Idaho, but if you haven’t been to Oregon yet, you need to get […]

What You Need to Know About Land Trusts & the Conservation Easements They Hold

By George “Mac” E. McGee IV Recently, I attended the Southeastern Land Trust Alliance Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee. During the three-day conference, of which Fay Ranches was a sponsor, I visited with regional representatives from the Alliance, The Conservation Fund, Southern Company, U.S. Forest Service, timber companies and land trusts. The event provided excellent presentations […]

Neighboring Montana Ranches For Sale, Offer Unique Opportunity

Written by: Greg Fay, Broker/Owner Tom Brokaw’s West Boulder Ranch, nestled at the base of the Absaroka Mountains in south central Montana, and the neighboring Burnt Leather Ranch-Steen Place, owned by the Reid family for over 60 years, are both for sale. They are both incredible properties, and combined, they represent an opportunity to assemble […]

Why Oregon is a Great Place to Buy a Ranch

Written by: Jerry Hicks, Principal Broker When it comes to buying a ranch, there are some places that immediately come to mind: Montana, Colorado, Wyoming. But there is one place that consistently flies under the radar: Oregon. As someone who has ranched in Oregon all my life, I can tell you, it’s mostly undiscovered as […]

Fay & Republic Team Building with Yellow Dog Flyfishing

Some companies do rope courses or escape rooms for their team building, Fay Ranches and Republic Ranches go fishing!  With the help of Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, 12 anglers from these powerhouse land brokerage firms spent 4 days fishing for giant redfish in the Louisiana Marsh this past week at the Dogwood Lodge.  “It was […]

SCOTCH DOUBLE

By George “Mac” E. McGee IV, Principal Broker, Fay Ranches Southeast UTILIZING TRADITIONAL AND PROGRESSIVE METHODOLOGY TO ENHANCE YOUR PROPERTY’S RECREATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING VALUE WHILE IMPROVING THE CORE VALUE OF YOUR INVESTMENT-GRADE “WORKING” SOUTHEASTERN LAND PROPERTY. Many people simply construct a new fishing lake, create a new dove field, or plant new deer and […]

CAN YOU BENEFIT FROM THE PLACEMENT OF A CONSERVATION EASEMENT?

As seen in Land Investor Volume 3 Written by Richard W. Dickinson, Benchmark Advisors It is always surprising to me how few people are familiar with conservation easements and the tax benefits provided. The enabling legislation was first enacted in the early 1980s, and while thousands of easements have been placed since that time, it […]

BOZEMAN PAST: “12,000 Friendly Folks and a Couple of Old Soreheads”

An Interview with Russell Westlake, Owner of Bridger Shadows Farm As seen in Land Investor Vol. 3 We sat down with Russell Westlake, the owner of Bridger Shadows Farm, a 735-acre property listed in three parcels with breathtaking views of Bozeman, Montana. Mr. Westlake is a lifelong member of the Bozeman community, and we spoke […]

VINEYARDS AND WINERIES OF OREGON

Oregon Wine Country, where the wild and scenic Pacific Northwest gives wine lovers plenty of reasons to venture north from California’s frequented wine country, with over 450 tasting rooms to choose from. The pioneering spirit that paved the way to populating this vast and diverse region is the same spirit that blazed the trail for […]

IDAHO BIG GAME HUNTING

By Dave Halgerson, Fay Ranches Broker, Idaho When the topic of big game hunting property comes up, there are many visions regarding what the ideal terrain is and how many animals it may hold within its boundaries. For many people, the towering mountain scenery with snowcapped peaks gleaming in the distance comes to mind first. […]

FAY RANCHES SUMMIT 2017

Last month, Fay Ranches agents from across the country came together in Bozeman to participate in round-table discussions of business, strategy and the finer points of selling land. The discussions are a combination of shared experiences, knowledge, methods and ideas, that not only increase the level of competency as individual agents but as a collaborative […]

MONTANA’S MIGRATORY GRIZZLY BEARS

LITTLE VALLEY RANCH COULD PROVIDE VITAL GEOGRAPHIC LINK Written by Michael DeShore I recently attended a presentation at the University of Montana regarding the tracking of bears, and the biologist quipped: “Everyone visiting Montana heads to Yellowstone or Glacier with hopes of seeing a grizzly bear in person. If they really want to see a […]

KEEPING PROPERTY EXCHANGES OUT OF THE CROSSHAIRS

As seen in Land Investor Volume 3 Written by Max Hansen Imagine a six point bull elk crashing through a thick stand of lodge-pole pine; a dove darting from a mesquite thicket; or attempting to cast into a riffle in the face of a mountain breeze.  They’re all moving targets you may have faced at […]

Engwis Ranch As Featured On Mansion Global

HOME ON THE RANGE: MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR ‘LIFESTYLE’ RANCHES ARE A STRONG DRAW FOR THE WEALTHY Markets may fluctuate, but high-net-worth buyers will pay a premium for the romanticism, natural beauty and pristine hunting and fishing of the U.S West Written by Irene Plagianos Originally published on September 4, 2017 | Mansion Global Nearly 17 years […]

Fishing the Ruby River

by Greg Fay, Broker/Owner, Fay Ranches The Ruby River Ranch is located on a stretch of water that I’ve known intimately for the past 22 years.  When I began fishing it, it was a good fishery.  In the past 20 years, it has become a great fishery.  Upstream of the ranch are two spring creeks […]

Wild Horses of Dutch Flat Ranch

By Jerry Hicks, Principal Broker, Prineville, Oregon  Virtually nothing is more significant or iconic in Western American culture than the wild horse. In the 16th & 17th centuries, the Spanish unknowingly blessed the American Wild West with horses that, over time, escaped or were released onto large tracts of the western United States where they learned […]

Fay Ranches Enjoys Henry’s Fork Days

The Henry’s Fork Foundation held its annual fundraising dinner on the banks of the legendary Henry’s Fork River on Harriman Ranch at Last Chance, Idaho during the weekend festivities of June 16-17.   Newly minted Henry’s Fork Foundation Board Member and Fay Ranches’ Chattanooga, Tennessee land broker, George “Mac” E. McGee IV rallied the Fay Ranches crew to come […]

DON’T KICK THE COWS OFF: Recommendations for Ranch Buyers

By Bill Nutt When reviewing my insurance policies recently, I realized that we have owned our ranch near Twin Bridges, Montana for over a decade. Certainly that isn’t long enough to become an expert, but I have learned a few things I’d like to pass along to those considering a ranch purchase. Here’s a list […]