Bordering the Milk River, this ranch holds above-average soils that produce an average of two-ton to the acre. Of the 534.76 deeded acres, 380.98 acres are flood irrigated producing a lush variety of grasses. Water is abundant as the property borders the Milk River on the south side and has Snake Creek run through. Milk River Ranch is suitable for an ideal horse property or a hay base property. Winter your cattle here or utilize the ranch for its spectacular hunting attributes. There is excellent deer, antelope, and upland game bird hunting. Cottonwood trees protect the outbuildings that include a 4-bedroom home, an insulated shop, corrals, and a barn. Join the Hi-Line in the farm and ranch industry and take advantage of the nutrient-dense soils here. Local Area The handsome town of Harlem, Montana, sits on the BNSF Railroad Line that runs parallel to Highway 2 along the Hi-Line. The Milk River meanders nearby and supplies farms and ranches with water for irrigating crops such as wheat, oats, barley, sweet peas, and many more. This town provides the ideal starting point for guided tours to Snake Butte, Mission Canyon, Bear Gulch, St. Paul's Mission, or to view the abundant wildlife like the local Bison herd. Located along the Hi-Line sits Chinook, Montana, a small, nostalgic community and home of the Sugarbeeters mascot. Chinook is the county seat of Blaine County and is located on Lodge Creek where it empties into the Milk River. Its name means "warm wind" as farmers and ranchers historically depended on these warm chinook winds as a means of survival. In the 1920s, the town held a massive sugarbeet factory which inspired the mascot. The Sugarbeeter mascot ranked #2 out of 100 for the strangest mascots according to Mr. Jay Leno! You'll find that the town is welcoming and warm with its tree-lined streets and well-kept downtown. It is also the eastern starting point for the Bears Paws Mountains Backcountry Drive. On this drive, you will journey past the Bearpaws Battlefield where the last major Native American battle in the United States took place. The Blaine County Museum holds many artifacts and history about the battle and the homestead era. Chinook is just 20 miles from Havre, a larger city on the Hi-Line. Area Attractions Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge A grass prairie region of the wide-open plains of north-central Montana. The Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge spans 15,551 acres. It was established in 1936 as a migratory bird refuge. The birds flock to the cover and nesting areas provided by the saline and freshwater wetlands, native prairie, and densely planted shrubs. The Milk River supplies the refuge with most of its water through a system of canals. As you travel the 15-mile self-guided tour, expect to see waterfowl, shorebirds, birds of prey, grassland songbirds, beavers, muskrat, coyote, white-tailed deer, and pronghorn antelope. In the fall hunting season, the refuge allows the harvest of waterfowl and upland game birds with a permit. This sprawling landscape of diverse habitats is located seven miles east of Malta. Bears Paws Mountains There is also a wide array of recreational activities ranging from skiing at the Bear Paws Ski area, hunting the Bear Paw Mountains for elk and deer, or fishing for trout in Beaver Creek or the Bear Paw Reservoir. Hike, camp, float or enjoy the scenic drive. Hi-line Hunting and Fishing Blaine County claims a portion of the Golden Triangle, an area known for its robust grain production. The rolling fields provide cover and habitat for upland game birds, pheasant, Hungarian Partridge, and waterfowl. Montanans flock to the Hi-Line in the fall for its quality bird hunting opportunities. In addition to the bird hunting, big game hunting in this area attracts locals and tourists from afar looking to take down a trophy white-tailed or mule deer or elk.
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