I've searched and read through some older threads but I'll scratch this topic again. My wife and I are researching a move to a western state in a few years after our youngest graduates HS. Now I lied a little bit, because I'll be 57 by then, so not a young man but... We are from and live in the Pittsburgh, PA area. We've been to CO once for business for several days (Denver, Vail, RMNP), and I've hunted AZ for elk successfully DIY archery as my only western hunt. I don't want to wind up 80 years old thinking I should have gone back but just never found a way. I've been looking for someplace to head to in a few years. I've investigated WY, MT, ID, CO and to a lesser extent NM, AZ, OR, WA, UT and NV. One thing I don't want to do is live in a state where I have to wait years to hunt in state, especially for elk. That eliminates, I believe, UT, NV, and maybe AZ and NM. OR and WA are just a looooong way from our home and family, so they are maybe on thin ice. Of the other 4, WY obviously has great hunting and it's available. MT probably falls right in there, ID seems pretty decent too, and CO with their elk herd and licenses are a no-brainer. Some down sides - grizzlies and wolves (I'm looking at you MT and ID), colder weather, high priced housing and less than spectacular scenery. Although I looked very hard at WY, then MT and ID, I somehow keep coming back to SW CO. The weather in the dead of winter is much more palatable, the scenery is dynamite, no griz (theoretically) and solid hunting. MT has seasons that can't be beat for length and allow you to go archery and rifle. Northern ID in particular looks to be nice, but also far and wolves/griz seem unpredictable. I like to trout fish too, and although CO looks OK, I think it's a step behind the other three. What else am I missing? Besides hunting, what else is there to consider? I've looked at things like tax difference, jobs (I'll be near retirement, hopefully with enough $$$) and keeping the wife happy. Not much on the hippie/weed culture that CO seems to be building to, but thinking SW CO is a little more conservative - maybe not. Durango, Montrose, etc. Anyone's current 2017 thoughts?