Montana Wildlife Retreat Ranch is truly one of Montana's hidden treasures. The ranch consist of over 5,457 +/- acres of which 3818 +/- are deeded and the balance is BLM and State Leased.
It boasts miles and miles of flowing Judith river, Salt Creek, and Bear Springs creeks, rolling terrain, timbered breaks, grassy meadows, brushy bottoms, and several small seasonal drainages.
The Montana Wildlife Retreat Ranch is home to heavy populations of record class elk, and mule deer. It also offers excellent hunting for whitetail deer, waterfowl, turkeys, and upland game birds. The clean fresh water of the Judith River provides excellent fishing for rainbow and brown trout, sauger, walleye, bass, catfish, and northern pike. There are also 3 private fish ponds stocked with trout, catfish, and record class yellow perch. For the rancher, investor, Non-Profit organization or sportsman this is a must-see property.
This ranch has been managed for almost three decades to produce trophy elk. It also serves as an excellent grass ranch for cattle or bison with excellent fences, cover, and water. There are about sixteen miles of eight-foot high game fence enclosing about 1,600+ acres. Gates have been lowered and opened to allow free passage of deer and elk.
Of the 3818 acres of deeded land, 3610 acres are classified as Agricultural with 400 Aum's being grazed for 6 months.
This ranch provides the outdoorsman with incredible opportunity for hunting, fishing, hiking, fossil collecting, canoeing, kayaking, and more activities. The owner has taken 20 plus bulls by archery, with several in the 350+ range.
The ranch is located in Fergus County in central Montana, about 45 miles north of Lewistown and 15 miles west of the town of Winifred. The nearest major international airports are in Billings, Montana, or Great Falls, each about a 2-hour drive from the ranch and provides a broad range of services. Owners state there is a FAA approved 3,300 conceptual air-strip ready to be built.
The ranch is situated in an area where families have farmed and ranched for generations. The current owners have owned the property for over 29 years. Lewistown economy is driven by agriculture, but coupled with the areas topography, proximity of public lands, the Missouri River, Judith River, and world class hunting and fishing, recreation and tourism has also become a growing segment in the local economy.
The ranch has a modest set of improvements consisting of three very similar 2-bedroom, 3 bath split level homes that were built in 1979. The homes overlook the Judith River and were recently supplied by fiber optic cable for high speed internet. The owners occupy one of the homes and the other two are primarily used for guest. There is also a 36 42 shop with metal siding and roof and a 40 80 prefab steel building. As a rancher, sportsman, or investor, rarely does a property of this stature become available.
Water & Minerals
The ranch has over 5 miles of Judith River frontage. The Judith River, a tributary to the Missouri River, is supported by Big Spring which is one of the largest cold-water springs in the world. The Judith River offers excellent recreation, a source for livestock and wildlife water, and fishing. Several miles of Salt Creek and Bear Springs Creek also course through the ranch. There are other seasonal drainage's that feed the water ways on the ranch as well. Current owners hold eight water rights from the Judith River, Salt Creek, and Bear Springs Creek. All water rights will convey at closing. All mineral rights held by the seller will also be conveyed at closing
Whether you are looking for a ranch, a recreational property, a family compound, Corporate retreat, or just an excellent investment, you owe it to yourself to view this property. Once you step foot on it, you will fall in love with it. Rolling terrain, coulees and valleys, uncountable wildlife, and miles of flowing river and creeks make this a wonderland for anyone desiring to have a piece of the Big Sky Country. But, if you are looking for a first class property to raise cattle, or horses, this property with sixteen miles of eight foot high fencing, corrals, abundant water rights, and lush grasses is ready.This is prime habitat for elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, waterfowl, and upland birds. Over 5 miles of the Judith River winds through the property. The Montana Wildlife Retreat Ranch is a true treasure waiting to be acquired by a fortunate buyer.
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