Haakon County Ranch

1,320.00 Acres

The Council Bear Draw ranch is 1320 acres of contiguous open range native grassland with scenic filled draws of native cedar trees .  Located in Haakon County known for producing some of the best cattle in the midwest.  This ranch has been greatly enhanced for conservation practices thru the Conservation Stewardship Program.  The CSP program provides an annual payment for the next 5 years as well.  This program has provided extensive fencing and watering tanks to strategically provide optimum grazing opportunites as well as provide erosion control measures.  The ranch has been fenced into seven different pastures with new gates and fencing to allow for best grazing rotations.  Stocking rates for the ranch have been increased due to the management practices put into place.  The enhancements to the Council Bear Draw ranch has allowed for maximum pounds of beef to be produced.  Having two of the largest cattle markets, the Philip Livestock barn and the Ft.Pierre Livestock barn assures the cattlemen top dollar for their cattle. The scenic draws filled with native cedar trees provide for ideal winter protection from any harsh winter storms that can pop up quickly and unexpectantly.  The wildlife that can be found on the ranch include monster mule deer, mountain lions, bobcats, and coyotes.  The upland game hunting for grouse is world class, as well as pheasants, turkeys, and prairie chicken.  The rustic lodge provides a perfect place to enjoy the prairie vistas and the west river sunsets.  After a long day of working on the ranch or hunting, the lodge provides a relaxing, comfortable  retreat.  Your family and friends will be amazed of the beauty that surrounds this Haakon county ranch.  There are 60 acres of cropland that provides cash grain or forage for the cattle operation.  Council Bear Draw ranch is hour west of Pierre-Ft. Pierre, 40 minutes north of Philip, SD or minutes from Milesville or the T-34 store at Billsburg.  Sturgis and the Black Hills destinations within and hour and half from the ranch.


Philip , South Dakota is noted for raising some of the best cattle on native grasses in the midwest.  Philip is  Haakon County’s seat , and the largest community in the county.  Primarily an agricultural community, the locals run livestock and grain operations.   Philip and Midland are the largest communities of Haakon County.  Haakon County is noted for open spaces and rich traditional agricultural roots.  The County was named after King Haakon VII of Norway in 1905.  Many pioneers were of Scandinvian descent.  Philip is named after Scotty Philip “ The Buffalo King” who basically saved the buffalo from extinction.  Philip and  Midland are small communities consisting of hard working and friendly people. Neighbors helping neighbors throughout history made great traditions in this community.  Philip is a thriving community with all the amenities of a small town. Average rainfall in the Haakon County area is 12.06 inches and 31.3 inches of snow. Some of the best cattle and grain are produced in Haakon County.


1320+/- Deeded acres with 85 +/- acres cropland 

7 Grazing Units

1) 428.6 ac

2) 228.5 ac

3) 201.8 ac

4) 199.5 ac

5) 135.7 ac

6) 57.0 ac

7) 37.0 ac


Great access from paved roads and county roads.


From Philip, SD go 24 miles North on Hwy#73 to Hwy#34 Billsburg corner,  go 6 miles west to 214th Avenue or West Fork Road, go 3.5 miles turn left to the ranch.


Lodge is a 36' x 48' metal Cleary building built in 2006 and completely outfitted to provide all the amenities for a successful hunt. The rustic charm of the lodge provides the guests with relaxing accomodations and a spectacular view to enjoy the west river sunset.  Upper level provides 1728 sq.ft of living space , lower level provides 1506 sq.ft. for tuck under garage and plenty of storage for all the toys.  Total living space is 2016 sq.ft. with over 1218 sq.ft. of storage.  A 24' x 36' Cleary building is used for storage.

Current Operation

The current owner leases the ranch out for cow-calf operation and provides family and friends with endless memories for the best hunting in Haakon county.


Plenty of wildlife abounds within the Council Bear Draw.  Upland game includes prairie chicken, grouse, and pheasants.  Deer will include mule deer or white tail providing ample big game hunting.  Bobcats have been scouted on the ranch as well as mountain lions.  The heavy cover created by cedar filled draws provides excellent habitat for cattle and wildlife.


80 Acre BLM lease included

Mineral Rights

100% of the minerals owned by the Seller will transfer to the Buyer.  Sellers makes no warranty of mineral rights owned, if any.

Real Estate Taxes

$3267.68 Total


New fences and water tanks due to the Conservation Stewardship Program.

Broker Comments

If you are looking for ranch with tremendous fencing, water tanks, and grazing pastures for your cow-calf or yearling operation, this is the ranch for you.  The recreational opportunities are an added bonus and the owner has done all the work to have the ranch maximize it's grass potential.  Be sure to view the video to get a complete tour of this west river ranch.

Property Snapshot

Price: $1,650,000.00
Acres: 1,320.00 Acres
County: Haakon County
Taxes: $3267.68
Latitude and Long: 44.454584, -101.824259
Movie Link: https://vimeo.com/172025632
Current Operation: Beef Cattle
Special Features: Conservation Stewardship Program Member with annual payment

Listing Broker


Todd Schuetzle


(605) 280-3115

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