Draper North Ranch

1,761.00 Acres

Open Range Ranch is located in the heart of cattle country and is ready for your cattle.  Immediate possession of grassland that has not been grazed during the 2017 season makes this a highly sought after grassland unit.  This highly productive Jones County grassland unit has been used for hay production the last couple years.  Only a small portion of the native prairie grass has been hayed.  The grass on this unit will be sure to add extra pounds of beef to your cattle operation. 

Cow/Calf pairs and yearlings do excel in this grass country.  The range is diverse topography with rolling prairie and productive soils for a pasture unit.  Rough ravines could provide some winter protection during an early fall storm.  Well watered with dams and rural water and artesian well.  Owner would consider splitting up this unit into smaller tracts.  Would be a great add on unit or a complete stand along ranch.  There are nearly 331 acres of productive cropland and many acres of productive hayland. 

Quit chasing grass for your operation and buy a ranch that has been put together with tremendous access.   Great access from county roads and only a few miles from South Dakota Hwy #83 and Interstate 90.  Located about 26 miles south of the Ft. Pierre Livestock barn, one of the largest cattle markets in the upper Midwest. Other livestock barns in the area include the Presho Livestock barn.  If you're a cattle operator isn't it time to secure your pastureland so you don't have to sell down your herd during this dry period. 

Property Description

Open Range Ranch-North Unit consist of 1959.88 contiguous acres of deeded grassland located 4 miles northwest of Vivian, SD.  Or located just off Hwy #83

Driving Directions

From Ft. Pierre, 26 miles South on SD Hwy #83, turn west on 238th for 3 miles to 287th Ave. go north .5 miles


Though this unit is located in Jones County it is only 45 minutes from the Pierre-Ft. Pierre communities. The county seat for Jones County is Murdo, and is about 8 miles west along I-90. Murdo is home to the Pioneer Auto Show a collection of over 250 cars, motorcycles, and tractors.  There is plenty of nice lodging due to it's location along Interstate.  Murdo provides plenty of hunting opportunities in the area.  Because of this ranch's location from Ft. Pierre-Pierre, this is where most people would travel to conduct business.  Ft.Pierre, South Dakota is noted for “Where the West Begins”  and is located just across the river from South Dakota’s State Capitol.  A cattle town noted for it’s early history of fur trading along the Missouri River.  The fur trading post was called Fort Teton and was built at the confluence of the Missouri and Bad Rivers in 1817.  Fort Pierre is believed to be one of the first spots of the early Europeans to South Dakota.  The Verendrye plate was found on a hillside by a group of children playing in 1913.  It was a plate believed to be buried by Peter de La Verendrye in 1741. 

Ft.Pierre is the home of worldwide rodeo legend Casey Tibbs, and now boasts of one of the largest PRCA Rodeo events on the Fourth of July.  The town has always had a rich history of cowboy stories and a wonderful old west town.  The Ft. Pierre livestock barn is one of the largest livestock barns in the upper Midwest.  The cattle producers of this are produce some of the finest cattle in the Midwest.  Ft. Pierre livestock barn is a great market for area producers.  The native grasses along the rolling hills of the Missouri River put pounds of beef on cattle operations in this area.  The Ft. Pierre National Grasslands are just south of Ft. Pierre, SD.  

The adventures don’t stop with the historical or tremendous ag trade of the area.  Ft. Pierre area provides countless hours of recreational fun for the outdoorsmen and recreational person.  It has often been said that where else can a recreational person experience world class walleye fishing, world class waterfowl, and world class upland game, along with trophy mule deer and white  tail all in the Stanley- Jones County area.  Family memories can be made here.  Located in the heart of central South Dakota, the Missouri River provides hours of river enjoyment from fishing, sail boating, tubing, jet skiing, waterskiing, or underwater diving. 


Climate for Jones County is typically 4 season weather.  Average rainfall is 17-18 inches per year with most of the rainfall occurring from April till August, just right for the small grains and row crops.  The winter can be bitterly cold in January but can be 50 degrees in February and March and then the next day have a blizzard. Weather can change rapidly and often in South Dakota.  Average snowfall is 25-30 inches but usually not accumulating much throughout the season due to the high tempartures that can occur during the winter months.

Current Operation

The current owner ran a large cattle operation in the past, but recent use has been haying the property.  Cattle have not grazed the property for some time. 

Mineral Rights

100% of any mineral rights now owned by the Seller will pass to the Buyer.  Seller makes no warranty of mineral rights owned, if any.


Plenty of wildlife abounds on this unit.  Upland game includes prairie chicken, grouse, and pheasants.  Deer will include mule deer or white tail providing ample big game hunting.

Broker Comments

If you are looking for a tremendous contiguous grassland unit with great access and close to Ft. Pierre-Pierre , this unit should be called home.  Come and tour this ranch and experience the West River country with great access via country roads and SD Hwy.

Property Snapshot

Acres: 1,761.00 Acres
County: Jones County
Town: Draper, SD
Lat and Long: (43.977975, -100.375514)
Grassland: 1430 +/- acres
Cropland: 331+/- acres
Current Operation: Hay Production/ Cattle Ranch/ Row Crop
Owner: SJ Dowling Partnership

Listing Broker


Todd Schuetzle


(605) 280-3115

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Graham Schuetzle

Broker Associate

(605) 220-4014

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