Home Roundup: Hunting Properties

Hunting Properties

updated 10/09/15

In the fall, visitors and residents enjoy a wide range of hunting opportunities in Big Sky and beyond, whether it’s big game they’re after, such as deer, antelope, elk, or moose, or small game, such as birds. But how about having your own private Big Sky Country hunting property, something many passionate hunters have probably dreamt about since they started tracking animals. Imagine your own private hunting cabin tucked back into the land you own and love? Imagine walking right out of that back door and directly into the woods.

Here we present some of the finest hunting properties on the market in Montana.

Grizzly Meadows, Emigrant, Montana
Located in the beautiful Paradise Valley, near the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, wildlife abounds on this 626-acre retreat that sits between Emigrant and Gardiner, Montana. Bordering National Forest lands for almost 2 miles, hunters can set out right from the 11,000+ square-foot, 6-bedroom main home owned by Nascar racing team owner Richard Childress. The retreat-style property is perfect for trophy hunting, world-class fishing, hiking, horseback riding, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, four-wheeling, and snowmobiling. The views from all angles include Tom Miner Basin, Yankee Jim Canyon, the Yellowstone River, and the Absaroka Mountain Range. A true outdoorsman’s luxury retreat.

Wolf Creek Homestead, Wolf Creek, Montana
Located Between Helena and Great Falls, Montana, this grand mountain log home on 320 private acres is nestled into the timbered hillside, surrounded by wild lands. This outdoorsman’s dream home has plenty of storage for toys in the well-insulated 3-car garage and shop, along with hunting access and year-round springs and creeks running through. The 3-bedroom main house features stellar mountain views, hardwood floors, and detailed finishes throughout. Located right next to the creek is a log guest cabin with propane heat and no running water—the perfect accommodations for the hard-core hunters out there.

Gallatin Canyon North 5CN
Looking for your dream home in Big Sky? This fabulous 2,124 Sq. Ft., 3 BR, 2 BA home in the Gallatin Canyon. Located five miles from the entrance to Big Sky, near the Gallatin National Forest, no covenants or zoning! Enjoy pristine views of the surrounding mountains while sitting on your wrap around deck and the might Gallatin River. This home also has vaulted ceilings, jacuzzi tubs, attached garage and a guest apartment. Back door access to hiking, hunting, and skiing.

Big Sky by the Numbers

Big Sky, Montana : By the NumbersBig Sky, Montana is many things to many people. It’s home, retreat, outdoor oasis, ski Mecca, summer paradise, neighbor to Yellowstone National Park, and the list goes on.  Although somewhat small in population, it’s large in community feel and even bigger when it comes to things to do, especially in the great outdoors.

Here’s how Big Sky breaks down by the numbers…

The varied elevations in the Big Sky area, from Canyon to top of Lone Peak, are often explored within a day, whether it’s hiking to the top in the summer or riding the Lone Peak Tram in the winter.
Big Sky Meadow Village: 6,200 ft.
Big Sky Mountain Village: 7,500 ft.
Top of Lone Peak: 11,166 ft.

On of the perks of Big Sky’s location is the fact that it feels remote and undiscovered, yet it is located between two populous areas: Yellowstone National Park (West Yellowstone) and Bozeman.
Big Sky to Bozeman: 44 miles
Big Sky to Bozeman International Airport: 38 miles
Big Sky to Yellowstone National Park Boundary: 19 miles
Big Sky to Yellowstone National Park West Entrance: 48 miles

The People
Big Sky is a strong community of folks, both year round and part time residents, that thrives on the laid back, yet sophisticated and action packed Montana lifestyle.
Year round: 3,100 approx.
Peak Seasons: Up to 15,000, including day visitors
Big Sky School District Enrollment (K-12): 303

Bars & Restaurants: More than 30 and counting
Shops: More than 40 and counting

May: 60-degree on average
July & August: 70’s to 80’s during the day, 60’s at night on average
Winter: 25-degrees on average

Skiing Statistics
400+ inches of annual snowfall
5,800 skiable acres
4,350 feet of vertical drop
250 named runs covering over 110 miles on three separate mountains
22 Chair Lifts
7 Surface Lifts
9 Terrain Parks
Average lift line wait: 0 minutes

Looking for more information about Big Sky, Montana? Call the Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty office today at 866.995.2211.


Big Sky Resort Winter Highlights

Big Sky Winter HighlightsPraying for snow yet?

The 2014/2015 ski season is almost here, and Big Sky, Montana will soon be bustling with winter pleasure-seekers. Some exciting changes at Big Sky resort will make this year an exceptional season for all who plan to take advantage of what the area has to offer. Here are a few of the highlights to get you amped up for the season ahead:

Easier Access: Several new flights have been added from around the country, bringing air service to the area up 20 percent for the winter months. Service from Houston, Seattle, and New York make accessing the area easier than ever via the Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport, just an hour’s drive to Big Sky Resort.

One “Big” Experience: Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Resort, formerly two separate ski areas, are now under the same ownership, offering an integrated experience for locals and visitors alike. The “Biggest Skiing in America” is now accessible with just one lift ticket for the entire recreation area, guaranteeing a bigger, better season on the slopes.

More Mountain: This year, Big Sky is opening several new intermediate tree runs to provide visitors with even more skiable acreage. On top of that, several other popular areas have been upgraded for a better skiing and snowboarding experience. These intermediate runs, plus a brand new black diamond run, bring Big Sky’s recreation area to 5,800 acres for guests to cruise.

Great Guides: For intermediate and experienced skiers who want to take things to the next level, Big Sky offers several opportunities for guests to learn from its professional staff. The Dan Egan Steeps Clinics are for advanced skiers who want to explore more challenging terrain, and the resort also offers professionally guided tours for intermediate or advanced skiers.

Pinnacle at Big Sky: Pinnacle Restaurant will re-open this season after being closed for two years. Located atop Andesite Mountain, Pinnacle features spectacular views, indoor and outdoor stone fireplaces, fine dining, and an express lunch window.

Just for Kids: Big Sky Resort is known for providing a family friendly experience and making it fun and relaxing for all ages. Children aged 10 and under ski free if your group is staying at a Big Sky Resort location. The Lone Peak Playhouse Daycare offers quality care for younger children. After a great day on the mountain, young recreationalists can enjoy crafts and games at Kids Club from 4-6 p.m., giving parents time to relax and unwind for apres ski.

Exciting Events: Skiers of all skill levels and ages will find opportunities for fun competition all season long. From the wild entertainment of the annual Dummy Jump or Pond Skim to the competitive Spring Runoff and Subaru Freeride events, there’s something for everyone, participants and spectators alike.

Alternative Adventures: For those who are looking for a well-rounded adventure, Big Sky resort area also offers snowshoeing, winter ziplining, tubing and other activities, plus a variety of shops and restaurants in close proximity to the resort.

Ski season opens November 27, so make your plans soon to visit the “Biggest Skiing in America.”

For more information, check out the Big Sky Resort website.


Winterizing your Big Sky Home

blog_winterizingIt’s fall in Montana, which means that the mornings are typically chilly and the afternoons often feature that Indian summer sun. Sometimes the days are so enjoyable that it’s hard to remember that severe weather is right around the corner.

As you gear up for an exciting winter recreation season in Big Sky, Montana, don’t forget to outfit your home with the best ways to keep out the cold and the heat in—so you can spend your money on ski passes and gear instead of energy costs.

Here are a few great ways to get started:

Ask a professional: Find out if you qualify for your energy company’s free weatherization audit, or hire a professional to inspect your home. For tips on how to do your own basic energy audit, visit this link: http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/do-it-yourself-home-energy-audits

Replace doors and windows: Inefficient doors and windows greatly increase energy use and costs. Installing storm doors and windows in your home will save you a bundle in the long run. If you cannot afford to replace old windows, purchase a window insulation kit and install the extra layer yourself.

Turn it down: Always turn down the heat before leaving or in areas of the house that are not in use. If you’re the forgetful type or just don’t want to bother, invest in a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to create target temperatures for different times of day, every day of the week.

Look for leaks: Seek out obvious leaks, drafts, and holes by just walking around and examining your home for places cold air may be getting in too easily. Use a rolled up towel to plug spaces underneath doors, put up heavier curtains, and seal outdoor leaks with a weatherproof caulk.

Check the furnace: Keep furnace filters clean or replace them once a month during the cold season. Another option is investing in a permanent filter, which costs more but will eliminate much more debris than a regular filter. Have the entire furnace cleaned and tuned once-a-year, and if it is out-of-date, consider replacing it completely.

Keep the fires burning: There’s nothing like relaxing in front of a cozy fireplace or wood stove after a successful day on the mountain. Have your chimney swept and inspected for foreign objects before you need to use it; and if you own a wood stove, make sure and clean it on a very regular basis to keep it energy-efficient.

Protect your second home: If Big Sky, Montana is your part-time residence, be sure to thoroughly winterize before leaving the area to prevent costly damage. All pipes and waterlines should be drained, and the water supply completely turned off. Set your thermostat lower but above freezing, unplug all appliances, and turn off unnecessary breakers before you go. It’s a good idea to have a management company to check in on your home and help with winterization tips and techniques.

Investing in many of these winterization options can qualify you for a federal tax credit, so be sure to keep track of your purchases and save all receipts. Remember, the sooner you prepare your home for winter, the sooner you can start praying for snow!