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Old 05-16-2006, 05:46 AM
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Re: hypothetical which state to live in the USA

What I did when interested in the same question was build a table of data that included what I wanted. I would cut and paste it here but the forum software eats up tab spacings.

My parameter were:

State population - is it crowded?
State land area - people per square mile
public land area - availble land to do your thing
cost of living - retired
Animals availble to hunt - enough elk and deer
Birds to hunt - a sweet swinging 20ga and a fast flushing bird
Average January temperature - Alabama genes just don't tolerate too much cold weather

Four states stand out - Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho
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Old 05-16-2006, 05:23 PM
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Re: hypothetical which state to live in the USA

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My parameter were:

State population - is it crowded?
State land area - people per square mile
public land area - availble land to do your thing
cost of living - retired
Animals availble to hunt - enough elk and deer
Birds to hunt - a sweet swinging 20ga and a fast flushing bird
Average January temperature - Alabama genes just don't tolerate too much cold weather

Four states stand out - Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho

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This definately sounds like Idaho - just about anywhere in the state (except the larger cities like Boise, even though it is a short drive to do all of the above activities).
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Old 05-16-2006, 06:26 PM
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Re: hypothetical which state to live in the USA

Plus a toasty 39.4 degree average temperature in January. Thats ten degrees better than Montana. If you live in Lewiston then you can get a few more degrees of winter heat from the lower elevation and the winds from the west.
80% public lands. Population of about 2 people per sq mile of public land in Idaho compared to Colorado which has about 10 people per square mile of public land. Good variety of birds - pheasants, grouse, quail, chukars.
No draw on elk and deer-permits every year.

now then if you would just get rid of the speed limit we would be talking about utopia.
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Old 05-20-2006, 02:17 PM
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Re: hypothetical which state to live in the USA

BB,
Having lived in CO, and visited all the other states in the union save AK and ID, I am a CO/AZ/WY fan. When I moved to MD, I had to choose Frederick just to have some kind of scenery to look at.
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Re: hypothetical which state to live in the USA

So close and yet so far....
Wyoming has tons of public land, BLM, State, National Forest. You can hunt Deer (white tail or mulie), elk, antelope, moose, coyotes, prarie dogs, and with a lot of luck at the draw, sheep.
Population density is the lowest in the country. Where I live there are 750 people, it's 12 miles to another 200, 20 miles a different direction to 320 more and 45 miles to the nearest "real" town. 80 miles to Walmart.
I paid 55k for 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 1/2 car garage although prices are going up lately.
Then there's the weather. Right now it's a balmy 54 degrees with a day time high of 62 anticipated. It should warm up to 80 later this week though. Shooting long range is an early morning pass time. By mid day the wind gusts can exceed 30 mph virtually any time of year which makes those -10 January days rugged to say the least. Most of us hunker down from December - May and dream of spring time. There's a nearby town named Saratoga that may be worth looking into for you. Housing prices aren't bad and it seems to be in a valley that shelters it from much of the wind, although low temps are low temps. You can look on Weather.com for annual average temps, highs and lows. Lander is pretty temperate (but not as cheap) with more in-town shopping and it's at the base of a major mountain range. Casper and the afor mentioned shoots are about 2 hours from me, 3 hours from Saratoga and 5 from Lander. I think it may be faster to go to Salt Lake for long range shoots from Lander.
Hope this helps.
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I should have added that General Elk and deer tags are available over the counter to residents and available if you don't draw in a limited quota area. Antelope are virtually all limited quota (draw) tags, but early after the draw there are many leftover tags that can then be purchased over the counter by residents.
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Re: hypothetical which state to live in the USA

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So close and yet so far....
I paid 55k for 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 1/2 car garage although prices are going up lately.

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Where in Wyoming are you??????????? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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Re: hypothetical which state to live in the USA

I went 75 miles north of casper ,wy and could not believe the prices of real estate there.

A trailer on 2 acre was $100,000!
Any decent house was $150-160K.
I couldn't believe those prices out in the middle of nowhere.
My vision of the the old west wasn't what i had pictured.Having grown up in the midwest -i had no idea the west was basically covered by stickers ,thorns and cactus.
It's a rugged place for sure and i don't suspect it will be crowded for many years to come.
While i was there the wind blew 25-35mph for hours on end.
If you open the door of the truck everything in the truck will be blowing across the praire.We couldn't lay anything on the hood ,even binos and guns would blow off.
And i have no idea how animals can live off of what they graze on there! Mike
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