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Spring in Montana

11 May
Buzz Tatom May 11, 2016 0
Updated 4/24/18

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 really greening up nicely at this point. This is the time of the year to see the wildlife and beat the crowds of summer. If you want to see Grizzlies, Black Bears or the very controversial Wolf early, the best time is between late April and early May.

The animals are pretty ratty looking this time of the year. Their coats are in transition and they are just realizing that they lived through another Montana winter. They are eating everything in sight and don’t really move that far when you see them unless pushed. Babies are here and are very cute. My favorite is the buffalo calves. Apparently, someone else thought so too. A Yellowstone National Park family decided that one was cold so they put it in the back of their minivan and took it to a Park Ranger. Montanans shake their heads at some of the stuff people do when their visiting. The full article can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/17/us/yellowstone-bison-calf-is-euthanized-after-trip-in-tourists-trunk.html

Spring is also one of the best times to go fly fishing. Trout are hungry and they have forgotten what the thousands of flies looked like that floated over them the previous summer. They will soon remember.
Runoff is in full flow mode and waters are up and muddy unless you have a tailwaters situation or a small creek that stays clear. It will be sometime around mid-June before the rivers clear but there are always options to fish and sometimes fishing off color water can be very good. Just pay attention to the amount of water flowing through the rivers right now. They can carry you off very quickly and especially kids or small adults.

Runoff is in full flow mode and waters are up and muddy unless you have a tailwaters situation or a small creek that stays clear. It will be sometime around mid-June before the rivers clear but there are always options to fish and sometimes fishing off color water can be very good. Just pay attention to the amount of water flowing through the rivers right now. They can carry you off very quickly and especially kids or small adults.

As far as Montana ranch sales go this is when historically you will see several new properties come on the market.  If you have a Montana ranch you are considering putting on the market you usually will not put them on the market in the dead of winter. If you have a Montana farm for sale you want it shown when you have new crops coming up. The funny thing is, many potential buyers might like to see the wildlife which is much harder to see when everything is green which provides more cover for them.

So, if you are considering looking for a Montana farm or ranch property, is now a good time or should you wait until summer? Summer is going to see more traffic and so you may have more competitors. We see clients scheduling a look around vacation time which is more in the summer. Sometimes beating that rush can pay off. If you have a good opportunity, waiting may hurt you. We can always go take a look at properties for you and see if it fits your needs or narrow down choices for when you do come. I can also put a drone up in the air and you can view a property live. Technology has its advantages!

If you are considering putting a property on the market, getting it on the market sooner, the better. It takes a while to put a marketing plan together and getting pics and drone videos edited and up on the website. Then you have to push them on the internet and it will take some time before your keywords take effect. This is one area that Venture West Ranches excels in. We push your property to rank for specific keywords instead of just trying to get our website to rank higher. This helps increase exposure to potential buyers. We will leverage keywords and SEO in order to get your property to rank through a number of well-learned tricks of the trade. You would link multiple blog posts to the property page. We also use a variety of other links to increase authority by linking through YouTube videos, other social media platforms, and property specific Facebook and Youtube posts and videos. We are very different!

If you are looking to purchase your dream Montana ranch or are considering selling your Montana farm or ranch you should contact us. We are small tight knit group that is low key in dealing with clients but are driven to satisfy client needs. If you enjoyed this article, you may also like our articles about Different Types of Hunting Ranches for Sale or 7 Reasons to Start Investing in Land Now

One other thought. With writing this being on Memorial Day weekend, I want to say thanks to all the Veterans out there that have served our country. With my son now at the Air Force Academy I have come to consider more every day what our Veterans have sacrificed for us! So my thanks to all Veterans that served and the present military that is put in very difficult situations that they must thrive in.

 

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Montana Ranch Real Estate

Buzz Tatom

Partner at Venture West Ranches

Buzz Tatom, a partner at Venture West Ranches, 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 a 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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