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You will find our blog to be the most informative blog on subjects of Farm and Ranch Real Estate in Montana . We will discuss Economics, Market Values, Wildlife Management, Trends and Production on Farms and Ranches.

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Bozeman Montana from from the M

By Buzz Tatom on June 19, 2017.

  As we say goodbye to the frigid Montana winter and hello to our favorite pair of shorts and flip-flops, many fellow Montanans and visitors may be wondering what they should do on the next sunny day in this great state. Summer in land of Montana is the best part about...

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high yield investment

By Buzz Tatom on June 27, 2017.

    Upon hearing the words "real estate," many people immediately think of residential properties.  For 28.1 million Americans, however, real estate is about more than finding a place to live. It's about building wealth through investment.  For savvy investors, real estate can be a high yield investment with huge payoffs. That said, as...

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investing in land

By Buzz Tatom on June 21, 2017.

Are you looking for an investment opportunity? There are numerous ways to invest your money. However, many of these options require you to maintain a property. If you're looking to invest, you should look into a land investment. Whether you decide to sell the land or maintain it for farmland, you'll...

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Factors Affecting Montana Land for Sale Values

By Buzz Tatom on May 20, 2017.

  You are thinking about buying some land in Montana and you want to know whether it is going to be a good investment. In today’s world, anyone that says you will definitely make money in buying land, a farm or a ranch in MT is full of something you don’t...

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montana ranches for sale real estate

By Buzz Tatom on April 26, 2017.

    Venture West Ranches 2017 Montana Ranches for Sale Real Estate Report  If you are into Montana Ranches and the beauty of Montana and dream of owning a Montana ranch at some point in your life, this will be a post you will enjoy! As a Montana Ranch Brokerage, it is a...

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buying a montana ranch

By Buzz Tatom on April 11, 2017.

Buying a Montana ranch for sale is a large investment and involves some risk. If you are a first-time ranch buyer, there are a number of unknowns that can affect the current and future value of a property. Venture West Ranches is here to help guide you through the buying...

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MT land for sale

By Buzz Tatom on April 8, 2017.

Putting your MT land for sale might be the hardest decision you will ever make. It may feel overwhelming and you might not know where to start. The good news is good land real estate brokers like, Venture West Ranches can help you every step of the process. We are...

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Montana Ranch Broker

By Buzz Tatom on April 3, 2017.

  Venture West Ranches, a Bozeman MT based ranch real estate brokerage, recently took a group of friends pig hunting at the 5T Ranch in Saint Jo, Texas. During three and a half days of hunting, several wild pigs were harvested. The wild pig population in Texas has become a major...

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Montana ice Fishing

By Buzz Tatom on March 22, 2017.

March typically signals the end of the Montana ice fishing season. As the weather grows warmer, the ice covering the majority of open water in Montana starts to recede. This can be a dangerous time for prospective ice fisherman. It is important to pay attention to weather reports as well...

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Montana Bull Sale

By Buzz Tatom on March 23, 2017.

  With beef prices down so dramatically Venture West Ranches decided to attend several Montana bull sales to gauge the financial health of Montana Ranches and what that might do to Montana cattle ranches for sale prices. Below is a summation of three top Montana bull sale auctions attended and thoughts from...

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Montana ranchers

By Buzz Tatom on March 15, 2017.

  Aging Montana Ranchers and Farmers  Over the past 30 years, the average age of farmers and ranchers has increased nearly 8 years. Currently, the average farmer or rancher in the United States is 60 years old. The average age of Montana ranchers and farmers is over 60 years old. This presents...

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Rural Montana

By Buzz Tatom on March 8, 2017.

It seems to be that time of year again. As the snow melts and the days become longer, it is time to start preparing for spring. That may mean doing a thorough cleaning of the house or breaking out the summer toys that have been in hibernation all winter long....

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Ranch Real Estate

By Buzz Tatom on March 7, 2017.

    While being in the Montana ranch real estate business, I notice that ranch owners are always looking to find new ways to increase profits. They do this by discovery and utilizing alternative revenue streams. Sometimes these alternatives are very abstract but other times they only require a small change to current operations....

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Montana land for sale

By Buzz Tatom on March 1, 2017.

Life has a funny way of taking you where you least expect it. Growing up, I never thought I would be living in Montana. It’s been 6 years since I moved to Montana and every day has been an adventure.  I love the area, but what makes MT so special,...

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montana farms for sale

By Buzz Tatom on February 15, 2017.

  12,000 years ago, farming spread its roots in the lives of hunter-gatherers and changed humans lives forever. It has taken centuries at this point to develop the tools and equipment that is needed and utilized in modern farming. When we think of traditional Montana farming, often what comes to mind...

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eastern montana ranches

By Buzz Tatom on February 10, 2017.

  Eastern Montana History The eastern part of Montana is often ignored when it comes to someone looking to purchase a ranch. Those that are looking for a Montana ranch are shortchanging themselves if they don’t make a trip and look at some Eastern Montana ranches. Eastern Montana ranches and Eastern Montana...

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hunting land for sale in montana

By Buzz Tatom on February 5, 2017.

Most Americans when you mention deer, they think whitetail deer. There is also the mule deer who lives in the Western US and most Montanans are very familiar with Mule Deer. Mule deer inhabit a big part of the state and are a normal sight on Montana ranches. They are...

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montana hunting ranches for sale

By Buzz Tatom on February 4, 2017.

I grew up as a kid dreaming of hunting Bighorn and Dall Sheep. I read hunting magazines from cover to cover and looked at the small advertisements in the back of exotic hunting places like Montana and Alaska. I dreamed of being able to own a ranch one day. It...

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montana ranch for sale

By Buzz Tatom on January 30, 2017.

When you are preparing a Montana ranch for sale there are a number of things that will create value and allow a seller to get the maximum price. There is always a range of prices in pricing a Montana ranch for sale and I prefer my clients to be on...

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Eastern Montana Ranches Estate Planning Event

By Buzz Tatom on December 26, 2016.

I still think back to the decisions my Grandfather and Grandmother made in allowing them to pass assets on to their kids but that because of great care by each generation it has impacted four generations and counting of our family. They were not super wealthy but watched every penny...

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women in montana ranching

By Buzz Tatom on December 7, 2016.

Montana is viewed as a rough and tumble place where being a rancher requires grit and toughness few possess. What I have found is a bunch of those gritty and tough ranchers are women. Women in Montana ranching are successful women who either partner with their husband or go it...

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Montana ranches wildlife moose

By Buzz Tatom on November 27, 2016.

Moose are a very coveted animal when it comes to Montana ranches wildlife. In fact, a Montana ranch that has more than just a passing Moose is very rare and coveted. Moose is the largest member of the deer family. They have a very distinctive nose that makes them look...

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montana ranches wildlife elk

By Buzz Tatom on November 26, 2016.

  When most people think about Montana they usually think about two animals first, the grizzly bear and the elk. Elk which are also called wapiti are a larger cousin to the deer family. Wapiti is a Native American word which translates to light colored deer. Elk were once found in...

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montana ranches for sale

By Buzz Tatom on November 21, 2016.

Montana Ranches Wildlife Meet the Pronghorn One of the incredible things about Montana ranches is the vast species of wildlife you get to see. One of the most intriguing animals is the Pronghorn Antelope. I drive through a lot of Montana ranches in my job and I would say the animal...

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cattle ranches in montana for sale

By Buzz Tatom on November 21, 2016.

The health of beef(Bos Taurus)or red meat has become such a hot topic that you would think that if you see someone eating a hamburger, you're going to be attending their funeral next week. I find it to be like many other hot topics in American society these days that...

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Montana farmers and ranchers

By Buzz Tatom on November 19, 2016.

How little we understand what Montana farmers and ranchers do for us! Thanksgiving is coming in a week. I was teaching in my other job at Montana State University listening to students tell me how they were leaving too early because their parents had made them flights to get home early....

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cattle ranches for sale in montana

By Buzz Tatom on November 8, 2016.

  As I start this article beef steer prices are 1.18 a pound. As a reference point in 2014 about this time they were bringing $2.90 a pound. There aren’t very many businesses that are run that can sustain a 60% drop in their sales price. So what does this do...

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fly fishing properties for sale

By Buzz Tatom on November 7, 2016.

  There is not a more special time than the fall in Montana. Leaves are turning, animals are very active due to mating season and getting ready for the winter. Elk are bugling, pheasants are cackling, waterfowl is starting to head south. All in all, a nice time to be in...

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Hunting land for sale in Montana

By Buzz Tatom on November 6, 2016.

Updated 5/15/2017 Written by Buzz Tatom Hunting land for sale in Montana can vary from the part of the state to animals you want to hunt. It can also vary by size of acreage. Whether you are wanting to hunt only on your private property or you are willing to buy...

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fly fishing properties for sale Montana

By Buzz Tatom on November 3, 2016.

Updated 5/8/2017 I started fly fishing 30 years ago at Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico. My parents took me there and I’ll never forget walking up a creek that was maybe two feet across. I had seen very few trout in my life coming from Texas. I walked up the...

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Montana home and ranch realty

By Buzz Tatom on November 2, 2016.

                                                                                         When you look at real estate you...

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montana hunting land for sale

By Buzz Tatom on November 2, 2016.

There are so many types of Montana hunting land for sale. It can break down by the animals you are trying to hunt, the types of acreage and the different areas of the State. Montana is a very large State that has great diversity in topography and gives the hunter...

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Montana Corn Maze Gorilla

By Buzz Tatom on October 31, 2016.

  This time of the year when you are driving all over Montana looking at farms and ranches you get to see some interesting sights. It is like everyone is trying to come up with any idea to spend a little more time outside before the snow gets here. Couple that...

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Montana Ranch Mementos

By Buzz Tatom on October 14, 2016.

One of the reasons I am a land broker and help people in selling and buying ranches for sale in Montana is because of the people I get to meet. I share interests with both buyers and sellers of Montana ranches. They see the value of land and the memories...

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Montana Ranches for Sale

By Buzz Tatom on October 5, 2016.

  One of the big reasons I’m in the business of listing and buying ranches for sale in Montana are the people I get to know. Both buyers and sellers are salt of the Earth people that enjoy great scenery, wildlife and have great respect for the land. I am constantly...

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Montana Ranch Real Estate

By Buzz Tatom on October 3, 2016.

  Why Montana Ranch Real Estate? After retiring from my printing and marketing business in Dallas, Tx, friends asked me first of all why I wanted to retire and secondly how long before I got into another business. I was originally in Printing and Marketing because those businesses had historically always...

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Ranches for Sale in Montana

By Buzz Tatom on September 30, 2016.

  If you have searched the term ranches for sale in Montana, you like millions of others may view Montana as the last best place. If you are fortunate to have the financial resources to look at ranches for sale in Montana and purchase one, you are blessed. A big chunk...

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By Buzz Tatom on September 24, 2016.

Support Rural America by Supporting Broadband Investment Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE) Friday, September 23rd 2016 As high-speed internet technology has advanced rapidly over the past decade, much has been made in ensuring that those advances have benefited not only citizens in the densely-populated metro areas of the U.S., but those on...

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montana hunting land for sale

By Buzz Tatom on September 19, 2016.

Best Montana Elk Rut Guide Written by Buzz Tatom So the Montana elk rut has started. Well, it actually started several weeks ago but now we are nearing the peak of the rut. This is one of the most exciting times to be on a Montana ranch or public land. This is...

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Buying Montana Ranch

By Buzz Tatom on September 8, 2016.

Written by Buzz Tatom The idea of buying a Montana ranch or farm is a dream come true to many that have spent their career in office buildings or concrete jungles. They envision quiet time with incredible views and solitude where no one can interrupt them and they have plenty of...

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Montana Ranching

By Buzz Tatom on August 30, 2016.

Characters in Montana Ranching-From $25 Candle holder to $25,000 Chandeliers   The people you meet while selling Montana ranches are one of the big reasons I love this business. They are salt of the earth, great people. Many are self made and the others came from self made stock. The unique way...

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Ranch Profitability

By Buzz Tatom on August 22, 2016.

In any business there are those that fail, those that get by and those that excel. Industry ratios are always skewed towards the downside of the spectrum because that's where most businesses are located, unfortunately. Ranchers industry average earnings before tax is 4.2% with the high side being 9%. Most...

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By Buzz Tatom on August 7, 2016.

Prescribed Burns in Montana Ranching and Farming Prescribed burns can be very controversial in a land that faces forest fires that can engulf anything in its path. Especially at this time of year when all we are hearing about is how fires are burning and firefighters are risking their lives...

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montana farmers ranchers peer group

By Buzz Tatom on August 5, 2016.

Montana Farmers and Ranchers Peer Group? Running a business is a lonely position to be in. In my previous industry of Printing/Marketing one of the best things I ever did was find a Peer group of like minded CEO’s. Mind you that the Printing and Marketing Industry does not like to...

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Ranches for Sale in Montana

By Buzz Tatom on August 4, 2016.

Stream Restoration and Improving FisheriesStream restoration has become a multi billion dollar industry with clients ranging from industry to government to private land owners. This became necessary due to the degradation of streams from a number of factors and the fact that trout anglers annually contribute in excess of $13...

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Building additional Revenue streams for Montana farms and ranches

By Buzz Tatom on July 30, 2016.

Building Revenue Streams for Montana Farms and Ranches When the price of ag products drop 40% from last year and the bank doesn’t drop how much you owe that shirt collar can get a bit tight! I am a Farm and Ranch Real Estate salesperson that doesn’t want to see Montana...

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By Buzz Tatom on July 26, 2016.

Montana Water Rights-Value for Montana Farms & Ranches Montana water rights are a large issue in selling Farms and Ranches in Montana. Bottomline, water is becoming more and more valuable and vastly affects the value of a property. The term water is the new oil is being heard more and more...

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By Buzz Tatom on May 11, 2016.

There is a saying in Montana that if you have Montana ranches for sale make sure you take pictures when everything is green. I live in Big Sky, MT. So we are still greening up in higher elevations but down where Curt and Stacy live being flat landers everything is...

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By Buzz Tatom on April 10, 2016.

So, I made a purchase to use for both marketing and being able to view ranches.This initial video was our maiden voyage for the Phantom 4 drone. Ugly, I know, but you have to start somewhere and this gives me a reference point in the future to how far I...

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By Buzz Tatom on March 27, 2016.

This is our first blog post for Venture West Ranches.While VWR has been around since 2005 and participated in some very large farm and ranch sales here in Montana, we have launched a new website that will be very active in blogging and we believe will take us to a...

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You will find our blog to be the most informative blog on subjects of Farm and Ranch Real Estate in Montana . We will discuss Economics, Market Values, Wildlife Management, Trends and Production on Farms and Ranches.

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