Prairie Wildlife Homestead
320 Acres - 791 Vida East Road, McCone County, Montana 59274
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Prairie Wildlife Homestead is a picturesque eastern Montana farmstead set up perfectly for a home base or even a hunting camp. The property consists of 320 deeded acres, a ranch-style home, and several outbuildings situated about 8 miles east of Vida, MT. Located in the heart of McCone county, some of the very best eastern Montana hunting opportunities lie right out the front door. LandThe property is consists mostly of untouched native grasses that provide an abundance of forage. The CRP portion of the property is planted to four different kinds of wheatgrass and alfalfa for pheasant habitat. There is a 10 acre reservoir situated amongst the rolling hills. A creek bottom runs through the property into the reservoir. The property hasnt been grazed for 13+ years and hasnt had any chemical applied, qualifying it for organic farming and ranching practices.
ImprovementsThe 2 bed, 2 bath ranch-style home is 1344 square foot on the main level, with an 864 square foot partially finished basement. The front of the house has oak hardwood flooring. There is central a/c and the house is heated via electric baseboard and an electric furnace. The basement also houses a wood stove. Additional improvements include a detached garage, propane-heated shop with electricity, a concrete floor and a wood stove, chicken coop, pole frame steel building with electricity and concrete floor, horse barn and lean-to shed. A nice shelter belt made up of ash trees, caraganas, elm trees, honey suckles, juniper trees, blue spruce, and ponderosa pine surrounds the house. About 75% of the property is fenced. A portion of the existing fence would need to be repaired in order to run livestock.
RecreationThis is PRIME Montana pheasant and waterfowl hunting, but whether you are a hunter, trapper or fisherman, this location has it all! The property is 30 miles south of the Missouri river, 60 miles west of the Yellowstone river, and one hour from arguably the best elk hunting unit in Montana (700). An antelope landowner preference tag is available for draw, and has been successful most years. Big game includes antelope, Mule deer, and the occasional White-tailed deer, elk and moose. Numerous pheasant, duck, geese, swan, pelican, sandhill crane and cormorant call the property home. The trapping variety is also wide-spread, including coyote, fox, bobcat, beaver, badger, muskrat, raccoon, skunk, and ermine. Not only is block management abundant nearby, but the property corner touches a section of state land. If youre looking for the best all-around Eastern Montana hunting camp, this is it.
AgricultureOf the 320 deeded acres, about 59 are currently enrolled in an income-generating CRP program. About 25 more acres are expired CRP that could potentially be re-enrolled. The CRP is planted to pheasant habitat. The property has not been grazed or farmed otherwise in the last 13+ years.
Water/Mineral Rights & Natural ResourcesThe property has a good domestic well.
General OperationsThe 59 acres enrolled in the CRP program, currently generate $2,389/year.
Region & ClimateMcCone county is an agricultural community known for farming and ranching.
HistoryThis property has served the current owner as a hunting and trapping oasis for the past 13 years.