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    I have been trying to persuade my wife to relocate to Montana within the next 10 years. I live in Louisiana and am getting tired of summer lasting 9 months. I like four seasons, mainly winter and fall. I have heard that you can obtain "free" land in Montana as long as you pay taxes and set up utilities. I believe you have to farm it also. I'm not too sure how all this works. Can anyone help clarify this? We would love to move there and would like to purchase a large chunk of land (at least 500 acres) for horse and cattle farming. Anyone live in Montana can give me an idea of life there? Thanks for the help!

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    <font color="red"> How do I find information regarding homesteading in Montana?

    The Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976 ended homesteading in all the lower 48 states. Alaska ended homesteading 10 years later.
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    From the How Do I? State of Montana website.

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    I heard that myself. Thought it would be a great idea. I still may be interested to a degree, but I spoke to a guy that lived the dream. It's not quite what it sounds like, aparently.

    The land in question is, according to him, not the area you would want to live. In West Montana, the western side of the mountains, the cost of living is quite high(relative to much of the country). This free land is located either in the higher elevations(above the tree line) and extremely suceptible to wild fires, or in the plains to the east. In the plains, he said, alot of the land is reservation land or extremely windy making it hard to deal with.

    This is his account on what he learned while living there over the past 10yrs. He also said it was the most beautifull part of the country. Everything is spread out, you need to be in shape to live there.. But, as a whole if it wasnt his wife wanting to move back to her family in Georgia he would still be there.

    I'm looking forward to reading the other posters info on this. It sounds great. Just thought I'd through out the info I heard last week. It shocked me.

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    Default Re: \"Free\" land Montana

    Dreams are one thing, reality is another.

    Please don't this statement (sp?) the wrong way.

    Being from Louisiana (sp?) are you used to winters?

    Montana is not very warm in the winter time [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    Some places out "west" are pretty "rural" to the point when it snows, you're on your own. No transportaion, no stores of anykind, and kind of lonely.

    As long as you know your prepared for what you're going to endure, still look at the possibilitys. But, if you haven't lived where you're looking at during a winter season, visit the area in Jan. or Feb. to get an idea of what your looking at "getting into".


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    Default Re: \"Free\" land Montana

    Donít know about free land. But take her to Glacier National Park in July / August then let her decide. If I were not in Maine I would be in Montana.

    If she still does not want to move there, at least it will be the best vacation you have ever had.

    Good luck,

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    I would think the time to go would be in Dec., Jan., and Feb. to get a "good idea" of what your getting yourselves into.

    Go in the summer, love it, sell and or move everything, winter is still going to come and not go away, and you might be surprised that you may actually need a snowmobile to get around.

    Keep in mind, summer months are not that long anyway in that area [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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    I have a ranch in eastern Montana for hunting; it is a paradise for antelope, mule deer and ring necks because it is mostly full of sage, flat ground with random buttes and no trees. I donít go there after December 1st. Why??? 30 to 60 below zero with the wind chill, sometimes colder and I have seen 15 foot drifts for 60 miles. The power can be down for weeks at a time and roads impassable. This little chilly front can last for 3 to 4 months.

    People live there year round just not me :-) I have been to your neck of the woods though and I would take eastern Montana any day, you have bugs down there that can carry away bear cans!!!!. :-)

    Buck

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    The Going to the Sun road is snow blocked in june. Awesome view. Before it was paved I can remember meeting cars in which some people had bags over their heads so as not to see the dropoffs. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    Montana is a large piece of land with a lot of variances from Mountain to Prairie and some good Ski hills. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    Egon


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    Being a southern boy, I would love to spend some time up there to experience it. I know its a harder life, but its beautifull....

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    <font color="blue">"...it is mostly full of sage, flat ground with random buttes and no trees. I donít go there after December 1st. Why??? 30 to 60 below zero with the wind chill, sometimes colder and I have seen 15 foot drifts for 60 miles." </font>

    I traveled around Montana during my college years. I agree with your assessment. The western part of the state is beautiful if you can afford the high land prices. The eastern part was the most desolate place in America I've ever visited. I recall driving the portion south of Fort Peck Lake for a couple hours without seeing another human being or vehicle but lots of antelope. The small towns I passed through consisted of a few homes, some lived in others not, and small groceries, gas stations, etc that looked like they operated by appointment only....VERY DESOLATE. I felt like I arrived in a metropolis when I arrived in the rather busy enclave called Wolf Point....AmTrak actually has a rather busy station located here. Stretch of US2 from Wolf Point to Havre also desolate. Havre is a bustling cattle town with a local college and other small businesses. Prettiest part of the state I enjoyed the most was the stretch of US93 from Whitefish/Kalispell down to Missoula and US93's continuence through the Bitterroute range and US89 from Great Falls to Bozeman....real pretty country in these high mountains.

    ...Bob

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