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Few states inspire faraway dreams of land ownership like Montana. “The Last Best Place” is the fourth largest state in the Union but only two states have a lower population density. it wasn’t until 2012, after 123 years of statehood, that Montana welcomed its one-millionth resident.
If you have the resources you can dream big in Montana. Media mogul Ted Turner purchased his first ranch, the Bar None, in Montana in 1987. He now owns 18 ranches in seven states to raise bison and his two million acres make him the second largest individual landowner in North America. And that doesn’t even approach the largest spread ever in Big Sky Country – in the 1880s Conrad Kohrs, “Montana’s Cattle King,” was grazing stock on ten million acres. Today the remnants of his empire are preserved as a working ranch as a National Historic Site. Million-acre ranches are no longer available in Montana but land in the tens of thousands of acres regularly hits the market.
Dreams of land ownership in Montana usually come with a trout stream attached. There are thousands in the state comprising over 450 miles of “blue-ribbon trout-fishing.” Fly-fishing is so ingrained in the Montana ethos that the Federation of Fly Fishers that oversees clubs across the country makes its headquarters on the Yellowstone River in Livingston. Seven species of trout head the list of 17 prized game fish in Montana waters. Hunters buying land in Montana will find elk, pronghorn antelope, moose, Bighorn sheep and partridge among the state’s 29 species of game birds and mammals.
Less than 25% of Montana is forested; much of the state is covered in prairie land typical of the Great Plains. But that is not where the land action lies. Instead it is the western part of the state that sees the most property for sale. This is the Montana of rugged mountains and Glacier National Park that is one of the crown jewels of the National Park System. But no matter what your dreams, Montana is big enough to hold them.