On any ranch water is a necessity, and on years like this a ranch that is well watered is worth its weight in gold. The Wilke Ranch, 9+/- miles south of Dodson, MT is just that, with a combination of wells, waterline and reservoirs holding water as of August 2021, the cows that reside here are sure to have clean water, and plenty of it, in multiple locations. There are 3 wells on the property, approximately 4 miles of waterline, 5 holding tanks and 4 year-around reservoirs. The property has been fenced into 6 pastures for grazing rotation and every pasture has a reliable water source.
The Wilke Ranch is made up of 6,120+/- total acres. 4,236+/- of those acres are deeded, with 1,245+/- acres of BLM Lease in the North Wild Horse Grazing Allotment and 640+/- acres of State Lease. All leased acres are in native grass. The deeded acreage includes 1,150+/- CRP acres, with an annual payment of just under $26,000. The remaining acres are divided between improved pasture (573+/- acres) and native range (2508+/- acres). The property borders a Fish and Game Korsbeck Waterfowl Production Area as well as the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. 2,344+/- of the ranch acres fall under a Conservation Easement with the US Department of Fish and Wildlife Service.
In addition to the waterline and wells, improvements on the property include a set of working corrals constructed of continuous panels and a crowding tub for shipping on the south end of the property. A 2-bedroom, 2-bath manufactured home, built in 1994, is located on the north end of the property, with its own set of corrals and 4 pens, each with heated automatic water tanks, windbreak fencing, and a loading chute. 2 calving barns can be found in close proximity to the house, one with a squeeze chute and pens and another with a heated warming room, as well as a 28’x60’ Quonset built in 2000. The house has been outfitted with metal roof and a Generac generator has been hardwired to run the home, outbuildings and all water tanks in preparation for a rare but occasional power outage.