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Swan Land Properties
Premier Agricultural Farm Ground
Fergus County


  • Denton, Montana

  • 1,727 Deeded

  • $1,950,000

Overlooking rolling fields and pastures and punctuated with stunning vistas of the Judith Mountain Range, Blood Coulee Farm represents a prime opportunity to own productive farm ground in the heart of Central Montana.  This 1,727± deeded-acre farm is conveniently located outside the small, agricultural-based community of Denton, Montana and within a comfortable 40-minute drive of Lewistown.
Blood Coulee Farm, with a healthy soil profile, offers productive farm ground with excellent yields on small grain crops and dryland hay with the balance in native range and pasture for grazing.  The farm ground and native range provide excellent habitat for upland birds and numerous other species of wildlife.  The property has been managed for years solely for the pheasant hunting.  Access for hunting has been limited, food plots and shelter belts created, predators controlled, cattle turn-out dates adjusted and management of the upland-bird populations have made this farm one of the best wing-shooting properties in Central Montana.  Blood Coulee Creek, which meanders through the Farm, creates an ideal riparian zone for waterfowl and wildlife, as well as easy access to water for cattle.  Its productive fields, coupled with abundant natural cover and riparian zone further enhance excellent wildlife habitat while maintaining the current agricultural operation.
The Farm has no improvements, other than perimeter and cross fencing and the old homestead, providing the next owner the opportunity to build improvements that will best suit their needs.
Blood Coulee Farm represents an opportunity to own property with recreation, dryland farming with good production and a conservation opportunity.  It is rare when one of Montana’s old-line, seldom-traded farms with prime upland bird and waterfowl habitat becomes available.  The Farm, with good views of the Judith Mountain Range, possesses these qualities and more.
Blood Coulee Farm, located about 10 miles northeast of the town of Denton, has convenient year-round county road access via Everson Road.  Denton is a small farming community located about 30 miles northeast of Stanford along Montana State Highway 81.  Found in the core of Judith Basin near Dry Wolf Creek, Denton is now one of the top dryland farm-production and cattle-production communities in the state.  Denton sits in the heart of Central Montana surrounded by fertile agricultural land.  With a population of about 246 people, the small town has a couple of restaurants, a gas station, several churches, a bank, a library as well as several other services.  The Denton Public Schools offer quality education for children kindergarten through 12th grade.  Also located in Denton, Central Montana Rail offers train service and there is a small town-owned, public-use airport.
Located about 39 miles from the Farm is Lewistown, the county seat of Fergus County, with a population of just over 5,900, offering all the necessary amenities and then some.  The town provides grocery and sporting goods stores, clothing and specialty shops, coffee bars, fine dining, arts and crafts, and appliance and furniture stores through the tree-lined streets of the revitalized historic downtown.  The Calvert Hotel, built in 1872, provides fine lodging with a historic and elegant ambiance and is in close proximity to downtown, just off Main Street.
Exceptional medical care is available at the Central Montana Medical Center (CMMC) in Lewistown, which offers a full-expertise range of physicians and consulting specialty doctors.
The Lewistown Municipal Airport (LWT) is located two miles southwest of Lewistown and is served by Newton Aviation, Central Air Service, and Gulf Stream International Airline.  Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during WWII, the airfield was utilized to train U.S. Army Air Force airmen in the Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress” before being assigned to air combat missions in Europe and North Africa.  The main runway, 6,100’ x 100’, is asphalt and is in good condition.  There are two additional asphalt runways, one of 5,600’ x 100’ which is in poor condition, and one of 4,102’ x 60’ which is in good condition.  The airport sits at an elevation of 4,170’ above sea level and can be contacted on CTAF frequency 123.0 and WX ASOS 118.375 or by telephone at (406) 538-2653.
The Farm is within a two-hour drive of two commercial airports, in Great Falls and Billings, which offer commercial flights and good private FBOs.  Commercial carriers at the Great Falls International Airport are Alaska, Allegiant, Delta, and United.  The Billings Logan International Airport provides national and limited international service through Alaska, American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta, Frontier, and United.

Approximate distances from Denton, Montana to other Montana cities and points of interest are as follows:
Stanford, MT
Lewistown, MT
Harlowton, MT
Great Falls, MT
Billings, MT
Bozeman, MT

30 miles
39 miles
79 miles
91 miles
163 miles
201 miles


Blood Coulee Farm, situated on 1,727± acres, can generally be described as rolling hillsides, pastures, and tilled farm ground with interspersed gullies, ravines, and riparian zones.

The total 1,727± deeded acreage of Blood Coulee Farm is classified generally as follows:  
Native Range and Pasture
Dryland Crop
458± Acres
992± Acres
277± Acres
***All acreage classifications per Montana Cadastral Records
With an exceptional soil profile, historically the Sellers raise winter and spring wheat as well as barley.  The crops are planted on a rotational basis while also in summer fallowing some of the cropland.  A grass/alfalfa mix is planted on the dryland-hay ground which averages 1-1.5 tons per acre.  Historically, the Farm yields 65-70 bushels of winter wheat and 45-50 bushels of barley.  This year, with the high moisture content, the yields were higher with about 2 tons per acre on the dryland-hay ground and about 90-bushel winter wheat.  There is no irrigation on the Farm.
Blood Coulee Farm is part of the Hilltop Angus Ranch.  The Farm’s operation currently is run in conjunction with the overall operation of the Hilltop Angus Ranch.  Typically, about 100 cow/calf pairs are run on the Farm.  The cattle are generally turned out around May 1st and trailed back to the Hilltop Ranch Headquarters around October 1st to be preg-checked.  This year, with the abundant precipitation, about 70 pairs and 70 bred heifers were turned out on the native range.  After harvest and preg-checking, some cattle are brought back to forage the aftermath and continue to graze the native range.
The Farm is managed for upland bird hunting which is some of the best in the State of Montana.  This is a very productive Farm with strong native grasses, excellent soils, lots of water, and excellent upland bird hunting along with other wildlife species. The antelope hunting is outstanding while the mule deer hunting is good.  The Blue Tongue virus swept through this region of Montana in 2015 decimating the whitetail deer population, but they have rebounded very well.  Even the occasional elk passes through and a 390-class bull has been shot on the Farm.


According to the Department of Natural Resources, Blood Coulee Farm has two water rights.  A complete water rights report is available by contacting our Bozeman office.
Water Right # Priority Date Uses Means of Diversion Source
41S 139300-00
41S 139302 00
Direct from Source
Direct from Source
Unnamed Trib Of Blood Coulee
Unnamed Trib Of Blood Coulee
All water rights in Montana are subject to eventual re-adjudication by the Montana Water Court and, as a result of that process, may be changed as to the validity, amount, priority date, place of use, and other such changes as the Court determines.  The Sellers have made all of the filings currently required and will transfer the water rights as they currently stand with no warranty of future viability.

The Seller will convey with the Farm 100% of whatever mineral, oil, gas, geo-thermal, hydro-carbon, and gravel rights they actually own, subject to reservations by previous owners.  The Seller makes no representation as to the quantity or quality of any mineral or other subsurface rights appurtenant to the Farm.

Utilities run to the property, however, a utility box has not been installed.  Good cell coverage is available on most areas of the Farm with Verizon Wireless.

The Seller hereby makes known that there may be variations between the deeded property lines and the location of the existing fence boundary lines on Blood Coulee Farm.  The Seller makes no warranties with regard to the location of the fence lines in relationship to the deeded property lines, nor does the Seller make any warranties or representations with regard to the specific acreage within the fenced property lines.The Seller is selling Blood Coulee Farm in its “as is-where is” condition which includes the location of the fences as they now exist. Boundaries shown on any accompanying maps are approximate. The maps are not to scale and are for visual aid only. The accuracy of the maps and information portrayed thereon is not guaranteed nor warranted.

The elevation of Blood Coulee Farm ranges from approximately 3,360 to 3,650 feet above sea level.The average annual precipitation is approximately 15.4 inches of rainfall and the average annual snowfall of 55 inches.  Naturally, these numbers will vary annually.

The surrounding mountains, diverse terrain, and elevation allow the weather to change rapidly.  The average high summer temperatures range from 73° to 83° Fahrenheit with lows ranging from 44° to 48°.  Winter average high temperatures range from 35° to 38° with lows ranging from 8° to 11°.

There is plenty of sunshine with an average of 196 sunny days throughout the year.  The average precipitation days are 85.4 days per year.

The Farm offers absolutely some of the best pheasant hunting in the State of Montana.  Furthermore, there are plentiful Hungarian partridge and sharp-tailed grouse.  The mule deer and antelope hunting are also very good with some nice-sized bucks harvested on an annual basis.  In addition, whitetail deer are rebounding, and the occasional elk pass through the Farm.Abundant populations of mallard and teal ducks along with Canadian geese are a result of the Farm’s position in the Central Flyway.  The Central Flyway is the major waterfowl migration route through the Western United States providing the outdoor enthusiast exciting potential.  Large stretches of year-round open water coupled with productive farm ground provide a major attraction to multitudes of waterfowl as a “rest stop” on their way south in the late fall and upon their return to northern nesting grounds in the spring.

When the railroad was extended to the area, Denton was created.  The town was originally named Dent, after the Dent brothers – stock men who owned the land.  Harry Dent was appointed postmaster when the office opened in 1888.  Officially, Denton became a town in 1913.
Denton is the turnaround point for the Charlie Russell Chew Choo.  The scenic dinner-train ride starts in Lewistown and follows the route of the old Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific railroad.  Traveling aboard 1950s vintage cars, enjoy a full-course dinner while taking in the dramatic scenery through Central Montana during this 3½-hour train ride.

Blood Coulee Farm represents an opportunity to own one of the best small farms in Central Montana with great crop and hay production, lots of water and easy access with excellent native range and pasture.  Close to Lewistown, the Farm absolutely offers some of the best pheasant hunting in the State of Montana.  Furthermore, there are plentiful Hungarian partridge and sharp-tailed grouse.  Big game hunting, especially for antelope and mule deer, is also very good with some nice-sized bucks harvested on an annual basis.
All in all, one would have several options with this Farm.  The Sellers would like to lease the Farm back on a cash-lease basis and would be willing to continue to manage the pheasant hunting.  Another alternative would be to add the acreage to your existing operation, or to run the Farm as an independent operation.  At $1,129 per acre, this productive farm in a convenient location with great hunting is competitively priced in today’s market.


Blood Coulee Farm, as Previously Described Herein, is Offered at $1,950,000 Cash for the entire Farm.  Terms acceptable solely at the discretion of the Seller.  The Conditions of Sale Are as Follows:

    1. All offers to purchase must be in writing and accompanied by an earnest money deposit check in the amount of 5.00% of the purchase price to the escrow account at First American Title Company in Lewistown, Montana;
    2. Earnest money deposits will be placed in escrow with First American Title Company;
    3. All Prospective Buyers must demonstrate to the Sellers’ satisfaction unquestioned financial capability to purchase the Farm prior to scheduling an inspection;
    4. The Sellers will provide and pay for a standard owner’s title insurance policy.  Any endorsements requested by the Buyer or any lender will be at Buyer’s expense.  Title to the real property will be conveyed via a deed;
    5. All of the water right claims controlled by the Farm will be transferred to the Buyer at Closing, and all of the mineral rights which the Seller actually owns will be conveyed to the Buyer at Closing;
    6. Buyers’ Brokers Are Welcome and Cordially Invited to Contact David Lowry For Information Regarding Cooperation Policies and Commission Splits.
The Seller reserves the right to effect a tax-deferred exchange for other real property in accordance with provisions in Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code.  The Buyer will not be required to incur any additional expenses nor to step into the chain of title on any property which the Seller may acquire.
This entire Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice and approval of purchase by the Seller.  Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, crop yields, potential profits, etc., is intended only as general guidelines and have been obtained from sources deemed reliable; however, accuracy is not warranted or guaranteed by the Seller or Swan Land Company. Prospective Buyers should verify all information to their sole and complete satisfaction.
A 48-hour notice is requested to make proper arrangements for an inspection of Blood Coulee Farm.
Swan Land Company has been authorized by the Seller to act as their Exclusive Real Estate Broker on the sale of Blood Coulee Farm.  Since 2002, we have focused on the brokerage of significant ranches, farms and recreational properties throughout the Rocky Mountain West.
This Offering is based on information believed to be correct; however, it is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale and change or withdrawal without notice.  Information contained herein has been provided by the Sellers or obtained from other sources deemed reliable.  The Agent does not, however, guarantee accuracy and recommends that any Prospective Buyer conduct an independent investigation.
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