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Applying For A Non-Resident Elk License | Montana

By Ryan Bramlette, Ranch Sales, Licensed in Montana While quietly navigating the trails of Dancing Bear Ranch on a recent summer evening, a client and I came around a corner to see 3 mature Bull Elk proudly flaunting their velvet-covered antlers.  That encounter got us talking about the hunting of course, and triggered a conversation […]


Two World-Class Montana Ranches Become One

It is unusual for two adjacent world-class ranches to come to market at the same time, but that is just what happened with the West Boulder Ranch and the Burnt Leather Ranch-Steen Place, nestled side-by-side at the base of the Absaroka Mountains in McLeod, Montana. Together, they comprise three miles of the West Boulder River […]


What is a Ranch Manager?

Consider this list of roles that might be found on a ranch.  The Ranch Hand typically has a collection of duties, such as checking herds, fence building, some equipment operation, hand irrigation, mucking out stalls and landscaping.  This is a task level worker.  A Herdsman has specific skills that are only acquired with years of learning and doing.  Purebred stock operations benefit most from […]


Transitioning from Ranch Broker to Ranch Buyer: What I Learned When I Bought My First Ranch

By Vinny Delgado, Fay Ranches North-central Montana has always held a special place in my heart. This seemingly endless part of the state fascinated me as a child, and I still have the same reaction to it today. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy hunting and fishing opportunities all across this great state, but my biggest rush […]


Revival of Idaho’s Wine Country

An article by Dave Halgerson, Fay Ranches Broker Although Idaho’s wine production roots have been forgotten by most, they run historically deep.  The recent recognition for the Snake River Valley’s prominence as an ideal area to grow wine grapes may seem new, but the favorable climate and elevation that is conducive to the creation of a variety of captivating […]


What is a “Ranch”?

Article by Ken Bentz, Fay Ranches Broker The term “ranch” has evolved over the years in the West as a whole, but it also has different meanings regionally. A ranch in Colorado is often a much different property than one in Eastern Oregon. The definition also changes the closer one gets to an urban area. […]


Ranching Lifestyle and Sustainability in Today’s Beef Industry

An article by Kebi Smith, Fay Ranches Agent In the last couple of decades, cattle operators started looking beyond the norm of selling calves at weaning in the fall and began searching for opportunities for value–added profit in retained ownership of calves. Retained ownership can increase flexibility in marketing and add value not only to the calf but to feed base, labor, capital, and lead […]


Preparing a Farm or Ranch for Marketing and Sale 

An article by Greg Fay, Fay Ranches Founder PREPARING A FARM OR RANCH FOR MARKETING AND SALE While most people know that a lot of work will go into preparing your house for sale in the residential real estate world, it is an often neglected aspect of preparing a ranch for sale. Homeowners will paint kitchens a […]


Plantations In The American South

An article by William Cooper, Fay Ranches Southeast Broker Plantations evoke an intense sense of place. In the Lowcountry, it’s about the salty perfume in the air and the ebb and flow of the tide. The marsh grass swaying in the breeze, and oysters living in the mud, making racks to break the current, creating […]


Open Season | The Osceola Gobbler

Florida’s turkey species consist of the Osceola gobbler – the turkey native to South Florida, the hybrid turkey – a cross between the Osceola gobbler and the eastern gobbler and the eastern wild turkey found in north Florida. The Osceola Wild Turkey is also known as the Florida Turkey and can only be found on […]


Fay Ranches Protocol During COVID-19

Fay Ranches Friends and Family,   Despite the ongoing volatility of the stock market and the unprecedented social changes we’re experiencing, the land brokers at Fay Ranches are reporting sustained interest in the land market.  Our conversations with land investors indicate this is due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the stability of […]


Sportsman’s Corner: Creating Traditions for Generations to Come

Written by Branif Scott, Broker Associate, Fay Ranches Some of my fondest childhood memories from growing up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa are centered around being outdoors, primarily camping, fishing, and hunting. My friends and I spent hours down by the creek near my house, digging for worms and catching carp and bass. My dad took me camping on […]


Montana Landscapes: Deep-Rooted Purpose of Supporting Agriculture

Article featured in Land Investor Volume 4 by Kimberly Lowry, Broker Associate, Fay Ranches, Montana After the snow melts and the grass begins to green, a renewed sense of optimism fills the air as newborn calves dot the Montana landscape each spring.  Producers across the state consider their previous breeding decisions while busying themselves planning […]


Tax Benefits of Purchasing Land in ‘The Cowboy State’

A blog by Neil Bangs, Wyoming Sales Associate, Fay Ranches Whether you are in the land market for a working ranch, recreational ranch, second home or personal residence, there are certain criteria that must be considered before you make your decision. We have always heard the old saying location, location, location when it comes to […]


Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

An article written by Rick Kusel, published in Volume 4 of the Land Investor Jean-Jacques Rousseau said, “The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said “This is mine,” and found people naive enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society.”  Growing up with my grandparents on […]


The Law of Prior Appropriations: Why its History is Important when Investing in a Ranch

An article by John Anderson, Broker, Fay Ranches As featured in Land Investor Magazine Vol. 4 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 water rights system, which states that an owner […]


Pricing Land

an article by Greg Fay, Founder/Broker, Fay Ranches & Jeff Boswell, Partner/Broker, Republic Ranches   How much should I ask? Who do I talk to?  What should my strategy be?  One of the most challenging aspects of selling your land is knowing how to price it. The process of selling land is more often derailed […]


Investing In Ranches

By James Esperti, Partner/Ranch Sales, Fay Ranches People pursue ranch real estate in the Intermountain West for many reasons. Some are looking for that perfect hunting and fishing property with big mountain views, live water, and a variety of wildlife. Others may want a large, productive cattle ranch with abundant water rights and agricultural components. […]


Scotch Double

By George “Mac” E. McGee IV 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 turkey food plots thinking it […]


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 […]