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

By John Anderson, Broker, Licensed in MT, ID 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 whose property abuts a waterway has an inherent […]


Oregon Experiencing High Demand for Farms, Ranches

By Jerry Hicks, Principal Broker, Licensed in OR 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 […]


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

By Jerry Hicks, Principal Broker, Licensed in OR 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 […]


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

By Greg Fay, Broker/Owner, Licensed in MT 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 […]