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Lazy VC Kelly Ranch, South Dakota
Property Types: Ranches for Sale

$8,879,150 / 8,557.00 Acres / Available
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Perkins County
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Ranches for Sale
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All owned

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ATV/Off Road
Hunting - Big Game
Hunting - Predator/Varmint
Hunting - Small Game
Hunting - Turkey
Hunting - Upland Birds
Income Producing
Water Rights

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Property Description


One of the most historic ranches in South Dakota is on the market. The Lazy VC Kelly Ranch was established in 1894 and has never been offered for sale since it was homesteaded 124 years ago.  The 8557.17 acre ranch contains 7,721.17 deeded acres, a 676 acre BLM lease and a 160 private lease all in a contiguous unit.  It is time tested cattle and sheep country located in Perkins County, South Dakota between Bison and Faith. The owner rates the ranch at 550 Animal Units. The excellent wildlife habitat is home to deer, antelope, turkey and a wide variety of birds including sharp tail grouse, sage grouse and pheasants. Above average fossil hunting opportunities exist. Outstanding water distribution is provided by the Moreau River, Brushy Creek, Rabbit Creek, miles of water lines with 17 tire tanks, developed springs, rural water with 6 outlets, 17 dams, 11 wells as well as three flowing wells. There is 684 acres of tillable ground with a spreader irrigation system on 185 acres of hay meadows. The miles of fence divide the ranch into 20 pastures and lots. The fencing on this ranch is well above average and is either sheep wire or 5 or 6 wires. An existing conservation plan is in place with significant program payments and is available through 2021 at the new owner’s option.

You will love the scenic landscapes and rich history of the Lazy VC Kelly Ranch. This easily managed ranch is a rare opportunity to purchase a contiguous year-round ranch.


 The Lazy VC Kelly Ranch is located 27 miles Northwest of Faith, South Dakota or 27 miles South of Bison, South Dakota along Usta Road.


 The 8557.17 acre ranch contains 7,721.17 deeded acres, a 676 acre BLM lease and a 160 private lease all in one contiguous unit. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) leased land associated with the ranch is 676 acres with an allocation of 167 AUMs. This is a custodial lease with grazing allowed throughout the year. BLM leases are renewable every ten years. The grazing fee for 2018 was $1.87 per AUM for a total of $312.29. The BLM office is in Belle Fourche. The BLM lease will be transferred to the new owner at closing.


The improvements include:

  • 100’ x 200’ steel insulated barn built 2008 with 20-foot side walls, exhaust fans, indoor and outdoor water, phone and internet as well as a battery of lights strong enough to bring mares into heat cycle. There is a backup generator system for this barn.
  • L shaped functional barn with stalls, cement breeding area, hot and cold water and tack room.
  • 3 other functional barns.
  • Shop with cement floor
  • Improved three-bedroom, 2 bath older home with decking to office area (cement poured for large addition and three stall garage-this would connect the office and home together).
  • Three bedroom trailer house with entry porch.
  • Three bed room bunk house
  • Two story office with a bar and meat cutting room in the lower level.
  • 4 open faced shelters 330’ x 24’; 96’ x 24’; 2 at least 180 x 24.
  • Well maintained corrals loading facilities.

Notes: 11 electrical meters with Grand Electric Coop; 2 new Ominie 3 Richie waters and 13 older Richie waters in corrals, 2 older water tanks; 3 water wells tied together and several pressure tanks service the outbuildings and corrals. The house, office, bunkhouse and freezer building were repainted in 2016 and the house was reroofed 2016. There is 6 miles of electric fence that can be used for cross fence in the three largest pastures. At present the wire is mostly removed due to deer problems. One of the rooms in a barn is insulated with cameras for birthing.


 Perkins County is a tight-knit rural community of 3,037 people in 2,890 square miles.  Perkins County stretches approximately 63 miles North to South and 46 miles East to West and is in Northwestern South Dakota.  

 Agricultural activities are the largest land uses throughout the county, accounting for 79% of the total land area.  Two incorporated municipalities, Bison and Lemmon, along with several unincorporated communities are in Perkins County.  The centrally located town of Bison is the County Seat.

 The county was organized in 1909 from portions of Butte and Harding Counties.  The county was populated in what is known as the second Dakota boom, spurred by the westward expansion of the railroad.  The expansion of the railroad, along with the promise of land to homestead, lured settlers to the county.


 Average annual precipitation (1981–2010) was 17.65 inches, with most of that falling between March and September. The snowfall averages 45 inches annually, little of which remains on the ground for more than a few days.  Winter days are generally sunny with the coldest month being January with an average high temperature of 28 degrees.  Summers consist of warm days and cool evenings.  Average high temperature in July is 87 degrees and the average low is 60. Growing season is approximately 153 days. Elevation at the ranch ranges from 725 feet to 2500 feet.


 The excellent habitat provided by the Moreau River, Brushy Creek and Rabbit Creek supports an excellent population deer, antelope, turkey and a wide variety of birds including sharp tail grouse, sage grouse and pheasants.


 The ranch has excellent water distribution.  The Moreau River forms the southern boundary with Brushy Creek and Rabbit Creek on the northern end. There are miles of water line, 17 dams and ponds, developed springs, rural water with 6 outlets and attachments, 17 tire tanks, 11 wells as well as three flowing wells. There is a spreader irrigation system on 185 acres of hay meadows. The Moreau River and Rabbit Creek run all year around.

 Mineral Rights:

Any mineral rights appurtenant to the property owned by the sellers will transfer with the real estate. The owner believes that 100% of the mineral rights are intact, however the seller makes no warranties as to ownership of mineral rights.


 The 2017 real estate taxes payable in 2018 are $15,593.70 annually.

 Fences & Boundaries:

 The perimeter of the property is completely fenced. The seller is making known to all potential purchasers that there may be variations between the deeded property lines and the location of the existing fence boundary lines on the subject property.  Seller makes no warranties about location of the fence lines in relationship to the deeded property lines, nor does the seller make any warranties or representations about specific acreage within the fenced property lines.  Seller is selling the property in an “as is” condition which includes the location of the fences as they exist. Boundaries shown on accompanying maps are approximate based on the legal description and may not indicate a survey.  Maps are not to scale and are for visual aid only.  Their accuracy is not guaranteed.


 The current asking price is Eight Million, Eight Hundred Seventy-Nine Thousand, One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($8,879,150) or $1150 per acre. The seller may reserve the right to effectuate a 1031 IRC Tax Deferred Exchange.

All information has been obtained from sources deemed reliable by Hayden Outdoors Real Estate; however, the accuracy of this information is not guaranteed or warranted by either Hayden Outdoors Real Estate, or the Sellers, and prospective buyers are charged with making and are expected to conduct their own independent investigation of the information contained herein. This offering is subject to prior sale, price change, correction or withdrawal without notice.


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