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November 2022 Market Update

By Greg Fay, Founder, Broker, Licensed in MT Two thousand twenty-two marks the 30th anniversary of Fay Ranches and ten years since we forged our Strategic Alliance with Republic Ranches. Thirty years certainly signifies our ability to weather some storms and grow with discipline. I feel like we’re just getting started, and I’m having more […]


A Tribute to Montana History Built on Sustainable Water

By Vinny Delgado, Ranch Sales, Licensed in MT Throughout history, water has always been the lifeline to survival in the west. Stonehouse Ranch in Reed Point, Montana, was and still is no exception. There is no question the founders of its remarkable resting point picked its spot because of the nearby high-production springs that are […]


Big Game Hunting in Montana

By Kimberly Lowry, Broker Associate, Licensed in MT Big game hunting season is upon us in Montana with hunters from across the state and nation enjoying time in the beautiful and scenic backcountry with family and friends. For many, the fall hunting season is an opportunity to make memories while sharing the unique experience of […]


Upsizing or Downsizing a Ranch Without Feeling Upside Down

By Reneé Baker, Farm & Ranch Sales, Licensed In ID There are many reasons for upsizing or downsizing your ranching operation. An adjacent property may become available for a reasonable price, allowing you to add acreage and animals, build a larger barn, or construct additional housing for ranch hands. You may be ready for a […]


Seasons of the Southeast

By Brian Eischeid, Broker, Licensed in TN & Clayton Jeffords, Broker, Licensed in TN, SC, & GA There are many ways to measure time. The days, weeks, and years seemingly continue to pass us by with increasing and unsuspecting swiftness. We often want time to stop, to hold memory and moment in our minds forever. […]


The Economic and Social Impacts Facing Rural America

 Written by April Churchill & Susan Ferrin, Fay Ranches Community Foundation When wandering around Montana, you will inevitably wind up in a rural community at just about every turn. With just over a million people state-wide, roughly half of those individuals and families live in small towns that are less than 2,500 people. These towns […]


Upland Game Bird Hunting

By George Duke, Ranch Sales, Licensed in MT, WY This article is an exclusive preview from Land Investor magazine volume 8, coming November 2022. Upland game bird hunting in South-Central Montana is no longer a secret. The Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River valley all the way down into Wyoming, and the surrounding Pryor mountains […]


How to Prepare For a Backcountry Trip

By JW Robinson, Broker, Licensed in WY This article is an exclusive preview from Land Investor magazine volume 8, coming November 2022. One of the largest attractions to the Western United States is the vast acreage of land allocated for public use, including large tracts of state land, National Forest, regions managed by the Bureau […]


Wildfires Affecting Property Value

This article is an exclusive preview from Land Investor magazine volume 8, coming November 2022. By Jim Vidamour, Principal Broker ALC, Listed in CO, NM As I was writing this, the two largest wildfires in the history of New Mexico were burning. The Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire, just northeast of Santa Fe, and the Black […]


An Epic Yukon River Adventure

By Troy Dana, Ranch Sales, Licensed in WA, AK Alaska offers some of the most extreme geographies in the United States and some of the most iconic features readily known around the world, such as Mt. McKinely, now known as Denali, the Bering Sea from the TV show Deadliest Catch, the Trans Alaska Pipeline, and […]


Yellowstone National Park

By Kimberly Lowry, Broker Associate, Licensed in MT Living in one of the surrounding Rocky Mountain States to Yellowstone National Park, a quick weekend trip to explore the awe-inspiring natural wonders can be planned spur of the moment. However, each year Yellowstone attracts visitors to the park from virtually every state in the nation and […]


Where Does Colorado Water Come From?

By Jim Vidamour, ALC, Principal Broker, Licensed in CO, NM The most important thing to realize about Colorado is that Colorado only exports water. There are no rivers entering Colorado for any significant distance. Colorado water originates in Colorado and exits the state through several major river systems. The South Platte, the North Platte, the […]


White-Tailed Deer Management

By Mark Matthews, Partner/Broker Associate, Republic Ranches If white-tailed deer are important to you as a landowner, read on as I share a few thoughts and opinions from my nearly forty years of deer management experience. Thirty-nine years ago, while on a hunt with my new best friend and a business partner, I became interested […]


What We Stand For

THE FOUR PILLARS OF THE  FAY RANCHES BRAND   Fay Ranches was built on a foundation of four  “pillars”: Family, Conservation, Investment  Value, and Sporting Pursuits, which have guided our growth and success over the years.  This shared commitment is the basis for the relationships we build and the quality of the business we execute. […]


There’s History in These Hills

Archeological Marels in the Davis Mountain region of West Texas Written by Alex Lovett-Woodsum, Fay Ranches Editor An 1895 hunting expedition to the peak of Mount Livermore in the Davis Mountains of far West Texas led to a significant early archeological discovery when two hunters found a cairn filled with primitive arrow points. Later explorations […]


The Importance of Road Infrastructure

By Ross Studer, Sales Agent, Republic Ranches I have always been captivated by ranches and the characteristics that set a particular property apart from others. There are many important facets of ranch development and management such as improving habitat/rangeland quality, developing water, laying out residential improvements, and developing a wildlife management plan. All of these […]


Surface Waters Add Value to Land

By Jeff Boswell, Partner/Broker Associate, Republic Ranches While the entire state of Texas has only one natural take over 1,000 surface acres, it has the highest overall acreage of surface water of any state in the country. Texans value their surface water, for the state is a relatively dry place overall. As an owner or […]


Supporting Healthy Habitat and Spring Range Assessments

By Rob Grainger, Sales Agent, Republic Ranches, LLC Spring is ordinarily the breath of fresh air that we yearn for once the hunting rigs are parked for the season, and we store our gear. After the last covey rises in late February, my mind switches gears to budding trees, strutting toms, quail pairing off, and […]


Sportsman’s Corner: Team Roping

By Jerry Hicks, Principal Broker, Licensed in OR For over 40 years, team roping has been a way of life and a way to blow off steam for Jerry Hicks. When I was a kid, my dad started a small roping club in Prineville, Oregon. At first, I just helped run the steers through the […]


Ranch Photography Techniques

An Interview with Michael DeShore by Matt Konen Photos taken by Fay Ranches broker Michael DeShore were recently featured in a two-page spread and on the cover of Open Fences magazine. We interviewed him to learn about his experience photographing the ranch and some tips for property owners who want to learn to showcase their […]


Mineral Resources & Mineral Rights in the Southeast

The vast mineral resources of the southeastern United States are wide-ranging and have a long history of discovery, development, and economic benefit. Mineral rights, which may or may not have been “severed” throughout a chain of ownership and title, continue to be an essential component in the discussion of southeastern land real estate. Some regional […]