Harvest & Huns: A Day At Rahn Grain Farms

by Jim Toth

It took just 30 minutes to get from Bozeman to the Rahn's place.  We geared up on the western portion of the 3300 acre farm and promptly left the world behind.  Phil and Steph cut their springer, Nella loose and we watched her get to work.  Right away she was on point.  One of the days many covey of Huns got up and we had our first birds.  This continued all day as we walked the draws and field edges with the Bridgers and Spanish Peaks as backdrops.  Pretty special.

This western parcel of the farm isn’t visited often, just spring and harvest. Being named the Silver Sage Ranch at one point is appropriate as the hills and draws are covered in tall grass and brush between the stubble fields.  Building on the Rahn’s excellent land stewardship, I realized adding just a few food plots will create outstanding upland bird and deer habitat that already delivers productive terrain for hunter and dogs alike.

We then passed by the eastern parcel, blocked up nicely for crop production.  It contains the farmstead with its quality home and the necessary shops, outbuildings and grain storage.  During harvest, the place was abuzz.  Early spring rains made for a good harvest.   On a place like this, you could continue the cash flow from the grain operation and develop wildlife habitat, all while land banking a portion of it for possible residential development in the future.

Some of my best days in Montana are spent walking after dogs, on the scent and excited to be doing what they live and train for.  The Rahn Farm offers that opportunity and more.

Curbed Ski: Bozeman Home asks $2.49M for Airy Minimal Layout

Known as ThreeSixty, this Montana property has the feel of an oversized artists' loft.

By Michael Schrantz

Perched on a hill outside of Bozeman, Montana, sits a striking home that incorporates the materials of traditional mountain build — wood panels, steel, moss rock — but arrives at a restrained, open finished product. The $2.49 million listing refers to the three-bedroom, four-bath home as ThreeSixty, which might have something to do with the views. Read More

Guest Blogger Ryan Day Thompson on Land Photography

A photo speaks a thousand words, but some photos have more to say than others. Our guest blogger and photographer that works with us, Ryan Day Thompson's insight into his recent shoot at our listing Homestead at the Beacon:

Let me explain something about land photography. As a job - as full time around the clock work - it is not easy. You haul yourself all over looking for everything to be perfect because every client (and you yourself) wants everything to be perfect (and rightfully so). Sleeping is not an option. The never ending feeling of inadequacy forces you to scan far and wide to find a scene that lines up just right. Nothing is ever perfect and the scene rarely lines up anyway. You settle for second best most of the time.

And then the weather. Let's talk about the weather. It rains all day. The clouds refuse to cooperate. Something always goes wrong. It's either too clear or too cloudy or too hazy or too______. It's a constant battle. Once you find the scene, and it can take hours and sometimes days to find the scene, you sit and wait and wait and wait for it to be passable.

Photo © Ryan Day Thompson, 2016 |  www.ryandaythompson.com

Photo © Ryan Day Thompson, 2016 | www.ryandaythompson.com

I found this scene on a ranch recently early in the afternoon. It was cloudy and flat but the scene was perfect. I stood around. The hours passed. My thoughts started drifting towards dinner and shots of Tito's but I hung on "just in case" because as Yogi Berra has said, "A sunset isn't over until it's over," (or that's what he should have said anyway.)

At the last hour, in the final minutes, I noticed a slight change in gradient at the horizon. A gap. For twenty minutes the sun snuck through and all hell broke loose. I waited five hours for this shot. It was worth it. It wasn't easy but it was definitely worth it.

Curbed Ski: Yellowstone Club Treehouse

Treehouse-Like Condo at the Yellowstone Club Wants $11.5M

By Annie Fast

$11.5 million might seem a little steep for a 2,191 square-foot 4-bedroom, 4 bath condo, but it's the amenities, access, and interior woodworking that account for the price tag. Located in the rarefied Warren Miller Lodge of the private Yellowstone Club ski resort, golf resort and residential community, this two-story condo features ski-in ski-out access to the club's 60 runs across 2,200 acres of "private powder. Read More

L&K Real Estate - Big Sky Real Estate Market Report*

As with any economic sector, real estate is subject to the law of supply and demand.

A great example of this is the recovery of the Big Sky residential real estate market from 2009-2015. In 2009, the number of buyers purchasing real estate was at a historic low. At the same time, many sellers put their homes on the market, resulting in a high supply of inventory. Inventory remained high until 2011 when the median price reached its low point. Read the Entire Report

* All statistics are obtained from MLS and deemed reliable but because information is provided by third parties, we cannot represent it is accurate or complete. YC Realty does not report sales, therefore is not included in stats.

Rising Above the Herd at Yellowstone Ranch Preserve

Hebgen Lake Preserve a Model of Conservation

By Caitlin Styrsky

Yellowstone Ranch Preserve is a 753-acre cattle ranch and historic calving ground of bison from Yellowstone National Park. The property is located on the nearly 18,000-acre Horse Butte peninsula on Hebgen Lake, north of West Yellowstone and only a few miles from the western boundary of the park. The peninsula is primarily Forest Service land, but 1,200 acres are privately owned and residential development has increased in recent years. Read More