1,590 deeded acres
Located five miles west of Hobson
270 acres Hay, 413 acres Grain, and 58 acres Improved Pasture
Deer, Antelope, Pheasants, Huns, and Sharp-tail
1,920 sqft home remodeled in 1999
INTRODUCTION: Harrison Place is a postcard production property in the heart of Judith Basin County outside of Hobson, Mt. Private and productive, the ranch offers a good balance of hay base, small grains, and pasture. The ranch headquarters include a home, garage, Quonset, calving shed and corrals.
AREA HISTORY: Hobson, Montana, originally known as a freight-wagon crossing of the Judith River and the “Gateway to the Judith Basin,” began as a community centered around this critical transport route. Its first post office opened in 1881 under the name Philbrook. In 1908, the Great Northern Railway’s Billings and Northern branch line established a town nearby, leading to the renaming of the community to Hobson, after the owner of the new townsite.
RANCH LOCATION: The ranch is in Judith Basin County 5 miles west of Hobson with convenient access via state highway and private road. The town of Hobson has a population of around 215 and has a K-12 school plus grocery store, café, churches, and bar/ eatery. Utica is located eight miles to the west with a community hall and a café/eatery. Lewistown is forty miles to the east and Great Falls is ninety miles to the northwest.
IMPROVMENTS: The farm features a charming, two-story home of 1,920 square feet, originally built in 1916, which underwent a substantial renovation in 1999. The residence boasts seven bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and one-half bath, providing ample space for comfort and convenience.
The home is complemented with several practical and well-equipped outbuildings. A steel machinery shed, constructed in 1965, provides 1,800 square feet of space, complete with electricity and a concrete floor, ideal for storing and maintaining farm equipment. Additionally, there is a 40’ x 100’ Quonset, utilized for dry storage of equipment. Within the corral area is a calving barn from the 1970s, equipped with a lean-to. This barn has electricity and heated office.
RANCH SIZE & OPERATION: The ranch is presently leased to a neighbor for hay and grain production along with pasturing cattle. The Farm Service Agency shows the 2023 field certifications as 270 acres of hay, 413 acres of grain, 58 acres of improved pasture, and the balance native pasture. The ranch has excellent water throughout with 12 pastures. Approximate yields in 2023 were 65 bushels barley 50 bushel winter wheat and 3 plus ton hay production. The grain is continuously cropped. Grazing is done mainly in the winter, spring, and fall months after hay and grain are harvested. Please download our brochure for breakdown for FSA and Department of Revenue information.
WATER & WATER RIGHTS: The ranch holds domestic and stock water rights. Strategically located in the corrals and pasture are water tanks. The property benefits from a high-water table, which gives rise to multiple unnamed but reliable water sources. These include both man-made dugouts and natural springs, dotted across the landscape. This network of water sources provides the pastures with abundant and dependable water, essential for maintaining the health and productivity of the land and livestock. Please download the flyer to view the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation water rights listed on the Harrison Place (Montana water rights are subject to re-adjudication by the Montana Water Court and, as a result, may be changed).
AREA RECREATION: Judith Basin County in Montana is set against the scenic backdrop of the Little Belt, Snowy and Highwood Mountains. This area, with approximately 880,000 acres of National Forest, offers a myriad of outdoor activities. It is a favored spot for elk hunting in the Little Belts, which is a general tag area. Fishing enthusiasts enjoy the diverse options in the Little Belt Mountains area, including smaller streams, the Judith River, and Ackley Lake. Beyond hunting and fishing, the region offers everything from scenic hiking trails and stunning views to camping, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Water-based activities such as kayaking, canoeing, boating, and a range of activities at Ackley Lake, like motor boating, water skiing, and ice fishing, add to the allure. This area encapsulates the essence of Montana’s wilderness, providing both adventure and tranquility for outdoor enthusiasts.
HABITAT & RANCH RECREATION: The landscape of the Harrison Place is interlaced with numerous irrigation ditches, seasonal creeks, and springs, creating a verdant network of waterways. These water-rich environments, brimming with cattails and dense grasses, offer prime nesting grounds and an undisturbed sanctuary for a variety of wildlife. The proximity of these natural habitats to fields abundant in small grains is a strategic boon, providing a steady and accessible food source. The balance between agriculture and wildlife is evident in the thriving populations of upland game birds such as Pheasants, Hungarian Partridge, and Sharp-tailed Grouse. Additionally, the ranch offers deer and antelope hunting. The thoughtful arrangement of water and food resources not only encourages the flourishing of these species but also maintains a balance between the ranch’s agricultural pursuits and its role as a haven for wildlife.
SUMMARY: The Harrison Place offers an ideal blend of seclusion and accessibility. Situated near Hobson, Mt yet away from major roads and enjoys a private setting with its buildings centrally located. The property offers well-maintained and functional improvements that have served its purpose for many years. Benefiting from fertile soils and a high-water table, strong crops and lush grass are common. The pasture land is supported by both natural and developed water sources. The Harrison Place is nestled in an area abundant with wildlife, making it a prime spot for recreational hunting. Additionally, the nearby region is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering activities like fishing, boating, and hiking amidst the stunning vistas of Montana’s wilderness. This property is offered at $3,975,000.