Pine Butte Elk Reserve
Pine Butte Elk Reserve
Authors refer to this region as “Where the Rivers Run North” and this specific area I fondly call the Honey Hole because it’s unparalleled livestock and big game production. I have personally sold a lot of land in this region that stretches from the Big Horn Mountains eastward to the Black Hills. The location of the Pine Butte Reserve is unique and for the elk enthusiast the unimaginable dream of taking a 400-inch Bull is possible, The proven genetics, geography, and plant nutrition sets this part of the Mountain West on a stage all its own.
Historically the property has been a grazing unit to a much larger cattle operation. Consequently, the ranch benefits from quality stock water improvements including solar and electric wells, stock water pipeline, and developed springs. This contiguous deeded property is cross fenced into 9 pastures with good interior ranch trails and roads. The home lies a quarter mile off the county road at the edge of a hay meadow lined with Ponderosa Pine where herds of mule deer and elk greet you in the morning and evening.
Pine Butte Reserve lies conveniently 35 miles northeast of the town of Sheridan, Wyoming in the heart of Montana’s best elk hunting for world class bulls. Located on a divide between the Tongue River and Hanging Woman Creek the property is all deeded at 3,160 +/- acres. Featuring multiple springs, a large year around reservoir, dense timber, and open hayfields the Ranch holds resident elk and becomes a natural sanctuary when hunting pressure begins on surrounding ranches and public land.
The ranch has two sets of improvements. One is the original headquarters residence which transports you back in time as the main home was renovated to its original splendor by the Seller. With a wrap-around deck adjacent to two original log cabins, corrals, and a nostalgic barn the setting is captivating. The historic Pine Butte School house and schoolmarm’s buildings are located at the head of First Creek and are still intact and nearby a modular home.
The hunting at Pine Butte is truly remarkable. The property is bordered by tens of thousands of acres of private land owned by generational ranch families and the ultra-wealthy investors. This creates an ideal location for the next owner to develop the open parky meadows with food plots that suck in game for their exclusive benefit.