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#3402487 - 10/20/09 12:21 PM What's the best western state to live in?
yotewhisperer Offline
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As an outdoorsman, excluding Alaska, what western state would you most like to live in? And Why?

Here are my primary interests: Hunting- all types of big game and predators, Fishing- mostly trout, steelhead and salmon via flyrod or regular rod and reel, Hiking, Camping. In that order. Take into account season lengths, regulations, license costs, draw-odds, pressure, driving distance to other good states to hunt and fish.

Also, since I'm wondering the best place to live, consider weather, population (I want to be away from people but within driving distance to some of life's conveniences), economy (tough one I know), raising a family, cost of living, freedoms (such as 2nd amendment).

Your interests or circumstances will, I'm sure, vary from my own, but if you could live in any state, what would it be?

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#3402501 - 10/20/09 12:24 PM Re: What's the best western state to live in? [Re: yotewhisperer]
UtahLefty Offline
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everyone will say "live in my state" (if they like you) grin


think about living in easy driving distance to multiple locales.

I routinely put in for / hunt in 5-6 states, all within a 6 hour drive of my home. (I can drive to NW Montana or the Mexican border in a day).

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#3402576 - 10/20/09 12:49 PM Re: What's the best western state to live in? [Re: UtahLefty]
BMT Offline
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Loc: Alvadore, Oregon
A place with good hunting has no economy.

Name your poison.

BMT
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#3402722 - 10/20/09 01:51 PM Re: What's the best western state to live in? [Re: BMT]
700LH Offline
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Registered: 03/05/07
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Loc: Gem State
Idaho sux, you dont wanna be here. Bad huntin, bad fshin, cold and windy........

If fishing was primary I would pick Western Wa.
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#3402729 - 10/20/09 01:53 PM Re: What's the best western state to live in? [Re: 700LH]
Jim in Idaho Offline
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Registered: 01/29/01
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Loc: Idaho, USA
Brother, you got that right. No one in his right mind would live in Idaho.

I'm thinking of moving back to California.












(Okay, really, I didn't come here from California. That was a joke. Really, put down the rope, it was just a joke...)
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#3402737 - 10/20/09 01:55 PM Re: What's the best western state to live in? [Re: BMT]
Jim in Idaho Offline
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Registered: 01/29/01
Posts: 15716
Loc: Idaho, USA
Originally Posted By: BMT
A place with good hunting has no economy.

Name your poison.

BMT


And there's the crux. I took a 45% pay cut to move to Idaho after searching for 12 years for something here in my field.

To be honest, it was worth every penny I didn't make.
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#3402756 - 10/20/09 02:02 PM Re: What's the best western state to live in? [Re: yotewhisperer]
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, excluding Alaska,

I'm out!

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#3402768 - 10/20/09 02:07 PM Re: What's the best western state to live in? [Re: Jim in Idaho]
yotewhisperer Offline
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Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 228
Loc: Bradenton, FL
I hate to tell you guys but Idaho might be at the top of my list. My pay here in MI, or at least the amount of work I have, has been cut to 1/10 what it was so I don't care to make a fortune, but I am into eating every day.

UtahLefty, along your train of thought, I was thinking northern Utah or Idaho (Boise area) is kind of in the middle of a lot of cool states. I just wonder if there are huge benefits to being a resident of a certain one.

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#3402772 - 10/20/09 02:09 PM Re: What's the best western state to live in? [Re: yotewhisperer]
UtahLefty Offline
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Registered: 03/18/06
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Loc: O town UT
Northern Utah is prettier than Southern ID. wink

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#3402779 - 10/20/09 02:12 PM Re: What's the best western state to live in? [Re: yotewhisperer]
yotewhisperer Offline
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Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 228
Loc: Bradenton, FL
ironbender, I have been wanting to go to Alaska for some time, I just think my wife could not handle it. She found out about the darkness in winter, not to mention the temps and length of winter, coupled with the distance away from family, I will have to settle for the next best state, hence the question.

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