Learn about investing in and adding value to your land, get tips on selling your property, and take an inside look at some of the best hunting and fishing opportunities in the US by following along on our blog.

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 […]


A Tribute to Community Cornerstones of the Paulina Valley

Small towns and communities anchor many of the rural ranches and farms that are represented by Fay Ranches. These are often communities with one general store, a population in town of fewer than 30 people, and where everyone knows everyone’s kids. These are towns where families have lived for generations and where the closest high […]


Supporting Rural America

By April Churchill, Fay Ranches Community Foundation Director of Development Living in Montana, you find yourself in what would be considered a rural area almost everywhere you go. Most of my childhood memories are of my time spent in towns that are less than 1,500 people. I remember spending my summers in tourist towns all […]


Fish Habitat Restoration

By Jason Miller, Miller Recreational A ranch’s property and conservation value are heavily influenced by water—be that solid water rights to support agricultural production or live water that can support a wild trout fishery.  However, most landowners in the Western U.S. are keenly aware that the “new normal” of the hydrologic cycle means less year-to-year […]


Applying For A Non-Resident Elk License | Montana

By Ryan Bramlette, Ranch Sales, Licensed in MT While quietly navigating the trails of Dancing Bear Ranch on a summer evening a few years back, a client and I came around a corner to see three mature Bull Elk proudly flaunting their velvet-covered antlers. Of course, that encounter got us talking about the hunting and […]


Fay Ranches Sponsors Team Roper Jeff Flenniken

Fay Ranches broker associate, Curtis Ferney, sponsors team roper, Jeff Flenniken.  Curtis Ferney has been a Fay Ranches Broker Associate for over 10 years and embodies the four pillars that have guided Fay Ranches’ growth and success: family, conservation, investment value, and sporting pursuits. While Curtis is well-versed in expert ranch brokerage, and brings countless […]


SOLD: Dome Mountain Ranch

By Gregory W. Fay, Founder | Principal Broker, Licensed in MT The famed Dome Mountain Ranch, one of the largest ranches in Montana’s Paradise Valley, has sold. The property was listed for sale for $45m with Greg Fay, the founder of Fay Ranches. The ranch is well-known, boasting incredible habitat throughout its 5,329± acres, and […]


Living on a Montana Ranch

By John Anderson, Broker Associate, Licensed in MT, ID “What’s it really like to live on a ranch?” is one of the most frequently asked questions I receive from prospective clients.  As a general rule, those who ask me this question are urban or semi-rural dwellers yearning to escape the rat race encroaching on and […]


Dogs of Ranchlands

By Tess Rafferty, author at the Ranchlands Review The deep navy umbrella of a four am Colorado prairie sky hangs overhead. Birds are still slumbering, awaiting the arrival of dawn before beginning morning discussions. There are few sounds to be heard save the creaking of leather, the clank of cinches, the shifting of hooves as […]


RODEO: A Guardian of Tradition

By Dixie Barry, Farm and Ranch Sales, Licensed in ID, OR The Rodeo   Rodeo is a Spanish term meaning a gathering place of cattle, a roundup. Its roots go as far back as the sixteenth century when the Spanish conquistadors and Spanish-Mexicans introduced horses and cattle to the American Southwest. By the early 1700s, ranching had […]


Raised In It

By RJ Patterson, Ranch Sales, Licensed in MT, ID Growing up on a small horse and cattle ranch in Northwest Montana, I never imagined that I would be helping people buy and sell some of the best ranches in the West for a living when I grew up. As a child, I was pretty sure […]


Prescribed Fire: A Habitat’s Favorite Medicine

By Rob Grainger, Sales Associate, Republic Ranches Chances are, if you are enjoying a bluebird day drive in late winter with a moderate breeze, you are going to see smoke on the horizon somewhere. You may worry or even call the local volunteer fire department to alert them of potential danger, but it’s most likely […]


Exotic Ranching: Basic Principles of Entering the Exotic Ranching Market 

By Drake Heller, Broker Associate, Republic Ranches Exotic ranching is an excellent option for your property if you want to add an income-producing element to your ranch. If you’ve contemplated buying cattle or farming but are looking for something different, exotic ranching could be your niche. This booming business is more fun than cattle and […]


South Dakota Pheasant Hunting: There’s No Place Like It

By Mike Konstant ALC, Designated Broker, Licensed in SD, WY, MT South Dakota is unique in many ways, and there is a reason it has been dubbed “the land of infinite variety.” South Dakota contains more shoreline miles than Florida and the highest point in the United States east of the Rockies. We also have […]


Hunting Big Game For Landowners

By Jim Vidamour ALC, Principal Broker, Licensed in CO, NM Are you thinking about buying your dream hunting property in the Rocky Mountains but are confused by the different landowner hunting regulations in each state?  If so, I hope this state-by-state overview of Landowner big game hunting opportunities and programs will help you. There are […]


LANDLOCKED | FIFTH GENERATIONAL KNOWLEDGE

By Cheryl Summer, Associate Broker, Licensed in WY, MT There is a well-worn phrase in the modern lexicon of the west: Legal Access. Fifth-generation ranchers know all about it, whether they are the grizzled kind or the kind that graduated with dual degrees in ag business management and range conservation. Sportsmen know about it because […]