Many parts of Western Montana give you the feeling that you’re stepping back in time and seeing the state is it was hundreds of years ago. In many cases, portions of Western Montana remain the same as they were when Lewis and Clark made their way across the Louisiana Purchase. This nostalgic feeling is one reason why you should purchase a western ranch for sale. However, nostalgia isn’t the only reason why a western ranch may be appealing to you. Western Montana is defined as the portion of the state that lies west of the Continental Divide. It encompasses a large portion of the Rocky Mountains, which are known for drastic elevation changes, high mountains, and large valleys. This article will talk about 3 reasons why you should start looking for a western ranch for sale.
Reason #1: Location
Western Montana, in my opinion is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Not only that, but it encompasses an overall great location. Notable cities such as Kalispell, Missoula, Helena, Butte, and Bozeman are all located in Western Montana. These cities provide great opportunities to residents as well as visitors. Owning a ranch near these cities is great because you can enjoy the town as well as have your own getaway on your ranch. This proximity also allows you the opportunity to visit amazing places such as national forests and national parks.
Reason #2: Wildlife
Finding a western ranch for sale and purchasing it will also give you the opportunity to see vast amounts of wildlife. Western Montana is home to a plethora of animal species. Elk, deer, black bears, grizzly bears, big horn sheep, mountain goats, and moose are just a few notable animals you may see on your ranch. In essence you will not only have your own ranch, you will also have a personal wildlife refuge where you can see majestic animals in their natural habitat. This also gives you the opportunity to plant food plots and create habitat to increase the populations of wildlife on your property. Look at our article about hunting properties to find out more about how you can increase population numbers.
Reason #3: Activities
With Western Montana’s great location and wildlife opportunities, there are several activities that you can take part in. Having large amounts of wildlife on your ranch, you will present you with an excellent opportunity for hunting. Western Montana is home to some of the best hunting area in the state. Owning a Western Montana ranch would give you the opportunity to hunt in this great area. Due to the western part of the state’s terrain, there are many other activities you can take part in.
One of these opportunities is skiing. Montana gets large amounts of snowfall every year and skiing is an extremely popular activity you may find interest in. Most Montana ski resorts are located in the western portion of the state. Therefore, purchasing a western ranch for sale places you near one if not several ski resorts. In the summer, hiking is another activity you can take part in. hiking allows you to see views that will truly take your breath as well as provide you with exercise that will definitely take your breath away.
Owning a ranch in Western Montana is a great opportunity. Western Montana is a great location and provides you with excellent wildlife opportunities. It also gives you the chance to participate in a number of activities. All of this may sound great but Western Montana is also a great place for a ranch. Valleys offer fertile soil that is great for growing robust crops. This also provides for excellent grazing areas for cattle. Purchasing a western ranch for sale will allow you to own a successful ranch as well as take part in all that Montana has to offer.
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.
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.