Introduction: Spurs and Furs Ranch is a sporting ranch that caters to the outdoorsman looking for an all in one property. The ranch is nicely situated and well blocked spanning 3,451 deeded acres. The current operation strategy is to improve habitat and wildlife numbers along side operating a productive farm and ranch. The ranch features productive dry and irrigated cropland, new fencing and water tanks. The riparian area is not grazed and has been improved with a new 4-wire and steel post fence. The expert management has made significant effort to make this property productive for agriculture and recreation.
Ranch Location: The Spurs and Furs Ranch is located about 48 miles east of Lewistown via Highway 200. The ranch is conveniently located along the south side of Highway. The ranch is also located 6 miles west of Winnett and 18 miles east of Grass Range with general services, K-12 school, café, small convenience stores, bar, and churches. Billings (population 119,706) is 105 miles to the south with commercial airlines, major shopping, and additional medical services.
Ranch Size & Operation: The Spurs & Furs Ranch consists of 3,451 acres all deeded. There are around 920 acres of tillable lands on the property. About 810 acres are used for raising forage crops and about 110 acres are used for food plots. The forage crops used are alfalfa, alfalfa grass mixes, beardless winter wheat, and hay barley which are harvested and sold to area ranchers for hay. Depending on snow pack in area mountains and creek flow about 523 acres are irrigable mainly during spring runoff. The 110 acres of food plots are planted mainly to small grains and millet which are harvested by the wildlife! The area elk herd has found these cocktails and have been moving in and the cows are now starting to calve in the area. The riparian areas have been fenced off and no grazing is allowed. Besides selling forage crops the owner leases out fall pasture for about a 100 head to a neighbor for four months. The owner makes sure these pastures are not grazing for two years in a row. The riparian drainages have several varieties of trees and brush like box elder and willow. All this cover and food is beneficial for a variety of wildlife, birds, and livestock.
Ranch Recreation: Scattered throughout the ranch are over 110 acres of food plots on both sides of the creek. These plots are in a variety of small grains catering to upland birds. The plots are not harvested and left as a food source from summer through winter. Located near dense cover and water the wildlife utilized the food plots guarantee higher survivable rates and retention of wildlife. Upland birds such as pheasants, huns, sharptailed grouse along with doves and other water follow utilize these areas. Additionally, big game take advantage and flourish. Current big game on the ranch are primarily whitetail and antelope. Mule deer pass through and elk have began to call the ranch home with bulls and cows bedding in the willows.
As elk numbers have grown in Central Montana they have began to spread into new territories. Consistently over the years elk have began to take advantage of this ranch’s lush habitat and seclusion. First bulls and now cows and calves frequent the ranch for the majority of the year. Over the past few years archery hunters have had great opportunities to harvest elk on the ranch. With proper management this will only increase.
Deeded Lands: The Department of Revenue indicates 3,451 + deeded acres located in Petroleum County as follows:
Improvements: Overlooking the ranch is a newer shop/storage building conveniently located just off the highway. It is a metal sided and metal roofing the structure is 30’ x 40’ with 16’ sidewalls, two overhead doors, and a walk-in door. Inside there is power, lighting, a 3/4 bath (toilet, sink, and shower), a 500 gallon cistern, and concrete flooring. The area is elevated with proper drainage. Adjacent is a RV hookup for power and septic.
Water and Water Rights: Sources of water on the ranch include McDonald Creek (by map and if by meandering it would be double that), a well with pipeline that serves 3 water tanks, dugouts for livestock and wildlife, a spring fed pond, irrigation ditches, an artesian well, and a 500 gallon cistern in the shop. The water rights are listed with the DNRC can be found in our brochure.
Summary and Price: Spurs and Furs Ranch stands out as a premium turn key hunting property. It’s a rare occurrence that ranches offer quality hunting and retain such production. From the vast opportunity from running dogs for birds, decoying doves, jump shooting ducks, or hunting deer and elk, the Spurs and Furs Ranch is a complete package.
The Spurs and Furs Ranch is offered at $5,521,000.