We've bought a house up in Montana just outside of Missoula this week. We'll be saying goodbye to Texas in a few years once our youngest graduates high school. Until then we'll be making trips to visit when we can.
The house is a small 2 bedroom house with a detached garage/shop that sits on 20 acres. The property sits next to state land and all the plots around us are 20 acre properties. It's completely off the grid powered primarily by solar power and propane generator as the backup.
I've never lived in the snow, although I've visited Montana many many times in the winter. Believe we should expect about 40-60" of snow a year. Perhaps @alabama mike, @bamaledge, or @PhillyGirl can give me some pointers .
Deer, moose, elk on the property frequently. Bighorn sheep in the area. Great fly fishing ~5 miles away.
Looking forward to the next adventure, getting to explore a state I fell in love with 20+ years ago.
Necessary items to purchase:
fly fishing gear, UTV/ATV, cold weather gear, snowblower, snowplow, tractor
Do you have a trailer, Plano? If you have SUVs only, they can be really handy. We've had two in the family for some time, a single axle 6x10 that's handy for hauling smaller loads and equipment and a 16 foot tandem axle that will haul most vehicles (a Tahoe is a wee bit too wide, I found out), the tractor, and I've had at least 5,500 pounds of construction materials on it as well.And I bought a tractor, a RED one with a cab . I'll post up some photos soon enough, it's in the shop at the moment. Thanks for your guidance @Bamabww. Most appreciated!
Few more items I need to take care of before winter really hits. I'm going to be buying tire chains made by a company outta Finland called Ofa - I figure the Finns know a thing about driving on ice/snow. They are studded chains that will stay on the tractor all winter long and should help me get up the road that's 7% grade just outside the property. I have R-4 tires on the tractor and there is just no way I want to risk it sliding and getting damaged.
Still have to figure out if I'm gonna buy a snow pusher or a snow plow. There are benefits to both, just haven't decided on which one I'm going to pursue.
Picked up a 6' offset rear blade for the tractor a few weekends ago off of FB marketplace about 3 hours east of me for a great deal. This will give me the ability to also move snow from the rear PTO. If I had to guess the rear blade weighs about 400lbs. Somehow 4 of us managed to cram it in the back of my LC. I had 3 hours of driving to figure out how I'm gonna get this outta the LC by myself. I have an embankment off the driveway that I was thinking would be nearly level to the tailgate. Sure enough, it was perfect. So I used my 45 to winch the rear blade outta the back.
Photo of me getting it outta the back (6' blade in the back ). Funny thing, there was a small black bear track through this clearing, noticed this as I was getting things setup to winch it out. Those yellow trees are Larches - they are my favorite trees.