Ranch Living

Branding Montana Style Branding in Montana claims a true cattleman’s (or cattlewoman’s) heart.  Catching calves and dragging to the branding fire is a tradition as old as dirt itself.  Ranchers often share high mountain pastures for the summers so branding is done in early spring so that the calves can head to the mountains making…

House Bill 110 – Just Passed by Montana Legislature

Many of you have received a notice regarding the bill passed by the 2017 Montana legislature on filing for stock water rights. Here are the questions to ask yourself before deciding to file or not to file 1. Can you prove domestic stock (cows, horses, pigs, goats, etc.) use of the surface water (creek, coulee,…

Historic Elk Lodge Cabin

The historic Elk Lodge Cabin is offered for the first time since it’s local materials were carefully selected and hand crafted back in the early days of settling the Gallatin Canyon. The deep history & original rustic character are expressed throughout it’s hand hewn logs, paned windows and original hardware.  In the early 1900’s, Congress enacted the…

Horsemanship

As a student of horsemanship, I discovered several years ago while working with a Ranch buyer from California, who is also an avid horseman, that he was unaware that there is a strong culture of Vaquero horsemanship here in Montana.  As Vaquero horsemanship evolved from Spain to Mexico to the Southwest of the US and…

Free Plant and Insect Diagnostics at MSU

Free Plant and Insect Pest diagnostics at Schutter Lab, Montana State University College of Agriculture in Bozeman.  Whether you live in town or are an Ag Producer, this service is for you. If you need help identifying a pesky weed, strange insect, or why your tree is dying, Schutter Lab offers free testing and identification to the Montana Residents….

2017 Hunting Permit Dates

Don’t forget season application dates and it’s time to purchase a 2017 fishing licences! Regulation Type Approximate Date for Posting Regulations Online* Bison February 15 Black Bear February 15 Deer/Elk/Antelope (DEA) March 4 Fishing February 14 Furbearer August 16 Moose/Mountain Goat/Bighorn Sheep (MSG) March 6 Mountain Lion June 21 Turkey February 13 Upland Game Bird…

2016 Market Overview

Last Friday morning, I attended the 2016 Market Overview at Red Chair, hosted by Montana Title and Escrow. Their presentation showed that the Bozeman Residential Market had a majority of sales that were $359,000 and under. There was also a 6% increase in sales and 6% increase in price.

The Bitterroot Stockgrowers Association Ag Expo

The Bitterroot Stockgrowers Association Ag Expo in Hamilton, MT was a great success over two full days with the expo hall full of tractors. ATVs, agricultural vendors, classes and workshops. The event ended with a dinner attended by over 450 people and the recognition of Stevensville resident Rob Johnson with The Lifetime Achievement in Ag…

Finding your Montana

To some people, Montana means Big Sky or one of the other resorts in the state; to others it is a small city like Bozeman or a wide spot in the road such as Ringling, but often it is the land and the characteristics of it that draws people to a location. The outdoor recreation…

Montana’s Wild Places

BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS “The Bob” is the fifth largest wilderness in the lower 48 and home to some of the wildest back country in the country.   Almost 2,000 miles of trails, traveled only on foot or by stock carefully lace their way through spectacular rock formations, such as the Chinese wall, which averages 1,000 vertical…