Located in the lush Wolf Mountains of south central Montana between Sheridan, Wyoming and Billings, Montana, the Thompson Creek Ranch spreads across some of the prettiest country in the state.
The ranch is rich in history, as General Custer marched across the property just hours before the Battle at Little Big Horn. Home of the Crow’s Nest where they camped the night before.
The rich, deep loam soils extend to the top of the Wolf Mountains and contribute to some of the best lush Montana grasses, chokecherries, wild plums, pine trees and aspen groves
The property is located on the Crow Indian Reservation which have always had and maintained positive, productive relationship with the Crow Tribe and neighboring land owners.
The property is surrounded on 3 sides by state highways and is easily accessed from all directions. Highway 90 runs north and south on the west side of the property, Highway 314 runs north and south on the east side and Highway 212 runs east and west to the north of the property.
The property has an abundance of stock water that is fed by many natural springs, wells and a handful of major creeks that run approximately 80% of the time. The Big Thompson Creek, Little Thompson Creek, Davis Creek and Reno Creek run across several miles through the major portions of the property. There’s a reservoir that holds water, and more reservoirs can be built in addition to the wells that can easily be reached at a depth of 60 ft. There are currently 4 wells servicing the property. Combined with the 16-22 inches of annual precipitation, there has never been a need for irrigation.
The 7,073 deeded acre ranch has been owned and managed by the same family for 75 years. Included are an additional 5,000 acres of very consistent, stable, leased tribal acres which are transferable to the buyer, and managed by a land office in Hardin, MT.
For the past 16 years, the ranch has run 2500-3000 summer yearlings. The average daily gain has been 2 lbs/head/day. About 100 cows are run with 200-600 calves wintered in the meadows. Yearlings are put on the grass beginning mid-May and starting September 1 into October, 6 semi loads are weighed and shipped. Very little sickness and death loss have been experienced and the sellers have never had to move the cattle early due to a shortage of water or grass.
500 acres of hay meadows, (18) produce approximately 750 tons of hay per year.
The main home is beautiful ranch with a walk-out basement that is built with solid log construction and is approximately 4000 Square feet. It is beautifully designed with 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is a fireplace in the Living Room which showcases the presteen Wolf Mountain landscape through the family room window. There is plenty of room on the front deck to sit and enjoy the scenery, as well as a spacious deck out the back covering the full, walk out basement. The original home that was built in 1942, still exists just across the way and boasts 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, as well.
There is a Bunkhouse which hosts 1 Bedroom and 1 Bath; a 24’ x 40’ Metal shop with concrete floors and an open faced machine Shed. The horse barn was built in 1980 and was once considered the largest in Big Horn County, and still houses over a dozen horses, not including the milk cows and thousands of bushels of grain.
The perimeter 4-wire barbed fencing as all been rebuilt and has been exceptionally well maintained, along with the internal pastures.
Shipping Corrals, panels, cattle guards, etc., anything not fixed is negotiable.
The closed town is Sheridan, Wyoming, which is an easy 60 miles drive south on Highway 314. With a petite population of 17,806, Sheridan, WY is considered the Jewel of Wyoming. Filled with a wealth of cultural, historic and recreational opportunity, it is the epicenter of northern Wyoming for festivals and events. Not only is Sheridan rich with history, the beautiful Big Horn Mountains provide the perfect backdrop to its “old west” charm and modern hospitality.
There is excellent Bird and Antelope hunting on the property and the Wolf Mountains provides spectacular habitat for sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge. Wild pheasants are found near the concentrated small grain agricultural areas, while Merriam’s turkeys are found throughout agricultural and forested ponderosa pine habitat. Waterfowl hunting can be tremendous along the Bighorn River corridor and adjacent agricultural fields, with concentrated populations of greenheads and Canada geese found throughout the fall hunting season.