Hunting Lodge for Sale: What to Look for Before Purchasing

hunting lodge for sale with a rustic interior

Owning your own Montana hunting lodge is an incredibly rewarding opportunity. Not only do you get to live out in the wilderness in a lovely hunting lodge, but you get to make memories that will last you a lifetime. Montana Hunting lodges are also a fantastic investment opportunity because they will appreciate in value as more people look to get out of bigger cities and into the wilderness. Owning your own hunting lodge allows you to reconnect with wilderness and recharge your soul. For those of you looking for a Montana hunting lodge for sale, there are a few things to look at before purchasing a property. Some of the attributes you should evaluate include the interior and exterior of the hunting lodge. How much annual maintenance are you willing to do? By evaluating these areas, you will be able to make sure you’re making a good purchase and your hunting lodge will meet all of your wants and needs.

In today’s semi hot market, it is not uncommon to see a Montana hunting lodge for sale, attract the attention of several buyers. There can be a variety of reasons and each buyer has their own reasons for liking or disliking a property. Buyers have a list of ‘must-haves’ that a potential property must possess. In order to expedite the process of looking at a favorable hunting lodge for sale, create a list of personal ‘must-haves’ that you want in your hunting lodge and on the property. Below are a few interior and exterior qualities that you may want in your hunting lodge. These are provided to help you think critically about what you do and don’t want out of your hunting lodge.

Interior of a log hunting lodge for sale

hunting lodge for sale with natural landscaping

 Hunting Lodge for Sale Interior

When thinking about the interior that you want for your hunting lodge, consider what kind of ambiance you want. This will help you determine almost every other attribute you would like your hunting lodge to have. Some different types of ambiance you may want could be rustic, modern, or just like a normal house. This can be done in a variety of ways. For more ideas about how to imitate other types of hunting lodges, check out our article about Types of Montana Hunting Lodges.

You will want to decide what kind of floors you would like in your hunting lodge. Maybe you want wood or tile floors, or maybe you want vinyl floors in your hunting lodge. This will all depend on what kind of ambiance you want in your lodge. Also, consider what you want the walls to look like. Do you want wood plank walls? Exposed logs from a log cabin? Do you want wallpaper or drywall? Some other things to evaluate include the kitchen and the bathroom. Do you want a full kitchen or just a partial kitchen? Do you want a kitchen at all? Is a half bath all you need or do you want a full bath? Do you even need a bathroom? The size of the lodge will determine a number of these factors mentioned above and whether you are looking for a showpiece or just a cozy lodge for friends and family.

 Hunting Lodge Exterior

The exterior design of a hunting lodge for sale can be another factor of why you like or dislike a certain hunting lodge. Each hunting lodge is different so you should decide what exterior attributes a hunting lodge must have for you to purchase it. Remember, some of these ‘must-haves’ could include the overall style of the hunting lodge. One style is a log cabin style hunting lodge. Constructed out of large timber, a log cabin style hunting lodge looks rustic and is often what people think of when they hear “hunting lodge.”

Other styles can include a modern style hunting lodge, a normal house, or a manufactured home. These styles have their benefits and drawbacks but what appeals to you can differ for many reasons. Another exterior attribute that can draw you to certain hunting lodges is the landscaping. Some hunting lodges will have extensive landscaping and some lodges will look like they were dropped right in the middle of the forest. If you like the look of extensive landscaping, look for high-quality paths, plants, grass, and other visually pleasing aspects. However, if you want more of a natural look, you may like having native grasses growing around the lodge or dense forest surrounding the lodge. Figure out what appeals most to you and base your decision on whether or not to buy, on that appeal.

All of these interior and exterior attributes will help you determine if a hunting lodge for sale will meet your wants and needs. Look for both visually pleasing properties as well as properties that will meet your functional needs. A hunting lodge for sale may look pretty, but if you cannot accomplish what you want with the property then it may not be the best choice for you. Don’t be afraid to be critical. This is a big purchase decision and you want to make sure you are buying something that you will enjoy and can enjoy for years to come.

If you are starting on a journey of finding your Montana hunting lodge for sale, I feel very strongly that you need representation. Feel free to contact me for a no obligation discussion of your situation.


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Buzz Tatom is a ranch owner and has built, run and sold numerous businesses in his career. This gives him a unique background in helping Montana farmers and ranchers navigate the life decisions that we all have to face. Whether it is passing the ranch on to the next generation or planning for eventual sale, his talents and contacts help save clients money and navigate complicated transactions.

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He still owns the 5T Ranch in Texas but now calls Big Sky, MT home. His background in Texas included finding run down ranches and rehabilitating them into show place properties. From building lakes, stocking fish, to managing for wildlife he has a proven record of increasing values of properties that have given families great memories and returns.

His successful business background allows him to have good knowledge in contracts, dealing with people and has a wide variance of knowledge from his experience in dealing with oil and gas companies on his properties to manufacturing background to knowing who to call to get answers.

He has a BBA from Texas Tech University and got his MBA from Southern Methodist University. While at Texas Tech, he played football and was a 3 year starter as a Tight End. He bought into a Printing company at the age of 24 and grew it ten fold by the time it was sold in 2011.

Buzz teaches part time at Montana State University and loves mentoring students. He has been married to the love of his life, Kathy Tatom, for 25 years and has one son(Tate) and 2 daughters(Sayler and Emmy).

His hobbies include hunting, fly fishing, improving the 5T and following his son Tate in his golf career at the Air Force Academy. His life is divided between family, volunteering, teaching part time at MSU and Church.


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