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Old 10-26-2013, 04:51 PM
 
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Thanks again, everyone. My wife and I absolutely love wildlife and the wilderness and I personally have always been fascinated by bears, especially brown/grizzly bears. We look forward to finding a home in MT and it seems like we have many different areas to choose from that suit our needs.
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Old 10-26-2013, 04:56 PM
 
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I hadn't heard about the bear near Gillette. That and the Black Hills were part of the original habitat so I suppose it's not too surprising.

To the OP, have you also considered West Yellowstone? It's a ways from Bozeman but also a pretty town. And you can see grizzlies in town at the Grizzly Discovery Center. It's fun to see the "bear proof" containers that didn't make the grade. They test containers there to see if they are bear proof.

Actually, yes, we have performed some online searches in the West Yellowstone area. It is certainly beautiful over there. The houses currently for sale in West Yellowstone that have any decent lot size to them, however, are extremely expensive.
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Old 10-26-2013, 06:50 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Actually, yes, we have performed some online searches in the West Yellowstone area. It is certainly beautiful over there. The houses currently for sale in West Yellowstone that have any decent lot size to them, however, are extremely expensive.
The pretty places do cost a lot of money unfortunately.
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:59 PM
 
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The pretty places do cost a lot of money unfortunately.
Actually, I will dispute that a bit. I drive around Montana quite a bit, and feel like Cascade, and the area around Wolf Creek is very pretty, and a fraction of the cost of Yellowstone. Same with Three Forks, White Sulphur, even Fort Benton is very nice, with the river. Columbia Falls, places in the hills around Anaconda, Phillipsburg, Superior, St. Regis, Frenchtown...all with copious wildlife, forest, and rivers.

Not popular places, but really, I guess I am just biased, because I think most places in Montana are great to live, and personally would avoid Bozeman, Missoula, and areas around Yellowstone like the plague. Too many people...too commercialized. Where I live, deer, elk. Moose, bears, bobcats, are common.
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Old 10-26-2013, 08:39 PM
 
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Perhaps you would have better luck calling local real estate companies. For Montana, West Yellowstone tends to be on low end of prices.
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Old 10-26-2013, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Brew City
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I've never heard of grizzlies in the Bighorns. Have you seen them there? Nobody on here has mentioned the Bob Marshall Wilderness area. That area has a huge population of grizzlies.
You also can't live in the Bob. This was originally a thread about second home locations. I did mention Helmville and Ovando though which are on the Bob's doorstep.
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:17 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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You also can't live in the Bob. This was originally a thread about second home locations. I did mention Helmville and Ovando though which are on the Bob's doorstep.
I never said to live in the Bob I did say the Bob Marshall Wilderness area might be a nice place to live. And to Jasper, yes, there are some pretty and less popular areas that are affordable.
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:37 PM
 
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Choteau and Augusta are really nice.
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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Thanks again, everyone. My wife and I absolutely love wildlife and the wilderness and I personally have always been fascinated by bears, especially brown/grizzly bears. We look forward to finding a home in MT and it seems like we have many different areas to choose from that suit our needs.
Please keep in mind that while wildlife can be beautiful, they can also be very annoying! I have friends who bought their dream retirement place in the Bull Mountains near Roundup; 20 fairly remote acres, with trees and wildlife. They do not allow any hunting on their land. That's fine, it is their land and their choice.
At last count, they have 15 to 20 deer in their front yard.
They also have 30 to 50 wild turkeys. Turkeys are filthy birds, worse than geese or chickens!
But, that comes with having a game preserve!
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:13 AM
 
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Red Lodge area is affordable, beautiful & one of the friendliest towns on the planet.
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