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I wish I lived out west.

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Old 03-02-2010, 07:57 PM
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I wish I lived out west.

First of all, I am from South Carolina. And after hunting in Colorado three times, and North Dakota once, I am convinced that I need to relocate. But where? If a man wanted to pack up and move, where would you guys say would be a great place to start searching. I would like to be in a place with mountain views of course, abundant wildlife, places to shoot long-range safely, and above all, ample hunting opportunities. Is there anywhere out west that meets this criteria.

I know in South Carolina, the humidity sucks, the fire-ants are a plague, and our deer are tiny. We do have a liberal bag limit of 10, but still hunting here to me has no comparison to the west. So relocation has been crossing my mind alot lately, although I must admit, I wont be doing anything soon. I'm talking, maybe 10 years from now due to family ties and other commitments.

But there is no reason I cant keep my eyes peeled for the ideal property between now and then right?

Where would you guys suggest would be a great place to settle? I'm open to any and all suggestions...
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:15 PM
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Re: I wish I lived out west.

Been there done that and note the following is a bit tongue-in-cheek.......

I "grew up" in PA, joined the Navy, ended up in Idaho and tho't I died and went to Heaven. (Initial feeling) Was great during the Navy days. Three years of all the hunting, fishing and shooting I could stand.

It all depends on how well you like to eat. I was told by a reputable fella if you want to make a million dollars in Idaho you have to work a million hours. (I think you have to work 2 million hours in WY). Thus a decent income is important.

When I was working in Louisiana I could hunt in PA and ID way more than when I was raising a family and living in ID. Those times have changed but I'm at the tail end of those years of really strong desire and energy. I'd just about shoot some meat out back than make a long trek in the wilderness area.

My recommendation would be to not make any rash/rushed decisions until you have the money thing straight. Otherwise hook onto the 5th wheel and head on out......
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:04 PM
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Re: I wish I lived out west.

I couldn't agree with royinaidaho any more than if I'd have said it myself. By the way - you have to work 3 million hrs. in Montana. Moved here 30 years ago, from what i was making before moving here I had more time and money to hunt where and when I wanted than anytime after moving here.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:44 PM
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Re: I wish I lived out west.

The problemb with the best places to hunt and fish is theres NO work. The only people who can afford to live in such places are either independently wealthy, or retired. When these 2 groups make up 3/4 or MORE of a towns population, the economy will be relativly stagnent. Nothing against the wealthy or retired at all!!!
Someday Id like to be both, but as far as being able to afford to live where you want, its a ROUGH GO out here. I used to work 4 jobs at once just to live in Halfway Oregon.(THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD IMO) so I could hunt and fish. I worked so much that I never had time to go play. Now-a-days, Im married and have 2 kids and live in my own patch of subberbia hell on the edge of town in Central Oregon, so I dont feel too cramped, and ''HOME'' isnt more than 4 hrs away. Id love to go back but Im affraid I wont be able to untill Im either ''rich or retired''. And unfortunately its that way everywhere ''out West''. It is beautiful, and wide open in some places still, but jobs are non-existant wherever the huntin and fishin is best, Besides, youve got NASCAR. So, long story short if you figure out the secret PASS IT ON TO ME PLEASE! I wanna go back home!!!
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:03 AM
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Re: I wish I lived out west.

Ihave grown up in NWMT, it is a great place, but with economy I HAVE BEEN convenitely unemployed the last 2 falls. Now Im telling my wife that I may have to look for work in AK, MY SON and I dream land
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Old 03-03-2010, 11:31 AM
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Re: I wish I lived out west.

If I remember correctly Ol' Mike moved to Boise about a year ago. He was pretty sour on the job opportunities and was looking for greener pastures.

Haven't seen him here for quite awhile.....

I you want to hunt like a local, get the license and tags and pack up your stuff and head for the mountains or desert. That's the way we do it. There are those who can put you into some good general hunt areas. It just takes time and effort.

Best bets, though more expensive, are the guided hunts. Contact Redbone Outfitters, a sponsor here.
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Old 03-03-2010, 11:32 AM
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Re: I wish I lived out west.

You guys are killing me. But I gotta be honest, I have pondered what I would do to make a living out there if I don't strike it rich beforehand. If I wait until I retire, then I don't see me climbing up and down those mountains very well, so I don't want to wait that long. I have considered the midwest, that way I could drive farther west or back east pretty easily. And still be close to some good hunting. Who knows what the future will hold, but you can bet I will be brainstorming for a while yet...

I'm addicted to the Rockies...

Oh yeah, we do have plenty of Nascar around here... And some beautiful beaches.. Charleston, SC is one of my favorite places in the USA.. I just eat way too much when I go there.. LOL..
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