retirement locations
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Pyrannah 01-Aug-21
MA-PAdeerslayer 01-Aug-21
JL 01-Aug-21
wildwilderness 01-Aug-21
Dale06 01-Aug-21
White Falcon 01-Aug-21
drycreek 01-Aug-21
Frank Noska 02-Aug-21
3arrows 02-Aug-21
Missouribreaks 02-Aug-21
spike78 02-Aug-21
gobbler 02-Aug-21
Treeline 02-Aug-21
John in MO / KY 02-Aug-21
DanaC 02-Aug-21
Rut Nut 02-Aug-21
Grey Ghost 02-Aug-21
Bob H in NH 02-Aug-21
Dale06 02-Aug-21
BullBuster 02-Aug-21
Stix 02-Aug-21
bigswivle 02-Aug-21
Rob in VT 02-Aug-21
Whitey 02-Aug-21
Tilzbow 02-Aug-21
Dale06 02-Aug-21
Whitey 02-Aug-21
[email protected] 02-Aug-21
txhunter58 02-Aug-21
BullBuster 03-Aug-21
BullBuster 03-Aug-21
bigswivle 03-Aug-21
BTM 03-Aug-21
Grey Ghost 03-Aug-21
Nick Muche 03-Aug-21
Bob H in NH 03-Aug-21
BTM 03-Aug-21
wyobullshooter 03-Aug-21
Korey Wolfe 03-Aug-21
wyobullshooter 03-Aug-21
Elkpacker1 03-Aug-21
midwest 03-Aug-21
KY EyeBow 03-Aug-21
t-roy 03-Aug-21
midwest 04-Aug-21
cnelk 04-Aug-21
Lawdy 04-Aug-21
Stix 04-Aug-21
PECO 04-Aug-21
Whitey 04-Aug-21
Rut Nut 04-Aug-21
Deertick 04-Aug-21
Grasshopper 04-Aug-21
nchunter 04-Aug-21
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Mint 04-Aug-21
chillkill 05-Aug-21
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From: Pyrannah
01-Aug-21
looking for thoughts on locations for best fishing and hunting locations for future retirement

would love ocean fishing, fresh water, and deer hunting or elk hunting

thinking alaska is prolly best, but any other thoughts and ideas

01-Aug-21
for 3/4 I think your right with Alaska. however ill probably never move due to being in such a good salt water fishery in New England. 45 minutes from my house.

From: JL
01-Aug-21
As much as I hate to suggest it.....Oregon or Washington.

01-Aug-21
Plenty of options on the Gulf coast.

SE AK would be a different level, weather, costs of living, travel, etc But your options to hunt and fish greatly enhanced!

From: Dale06
01-Aug-21
South Dakota has great hunting and fresh water fishing, and low taxes.

From: White Falcon
01-Aug-21
Texas has it all. Check out, Holly Lake Ranch.

From: drycreek
01-Aug-21
Yeah, trade places with a lib, we have too many of them in Texas now.

From: Frank Noska
02-Aug-21
Alaska. Best move I ever made. I would research WY too.

From: 3arrows
02-Aug-21
Heaven for me.

02-Aug-21
Alaska

From: spike78
02-Aug-21
Was thinking Arizona but not sure I can take the heat.

From: gobbler
02-Aug-21
Consider cost of living too.

From: Treeline
02-Aug-21
Alaska or Wyoming.

Then, spend time in the winters down in Central/South America for the fishing. I would not want to buy a place down south because I would want to do different kind of fishing every trip. Tarpon, snook, peacock bass, golden dorado, sea run browns, payara, sail fish, marlin, bone fish, rooster fish, etc, etc.

02-Aug-21
Take a look at Tennessee. Fairly low cost of living if you avoid Nashville. No state income tax. Deer, Turkey, Bear, Waterfowl, small game. Great freshwater fishing. Easy drive to the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic coast. Long, but do-able drive to the rockies for Elk.

From: DanaC
02-Aug-21
Maryland

From: Rut Nut
02-Aug-21
I've thought about this a lot lately. I just recently hit my "magic number" where I can retire with no penalties for early retirement. I will likely work 3-5 more years to try and "pad" my 401k and try to make it financially more comfortable.

My first thought(dream) was Montana or Wyoming..............................................but then reality set in and I do not wanna be that far from family. (elderly parents and kids who will be just starting out on their own).

I've come to the realization that Western PA or "The Northern Tier" will be our likely retirement location since the taxes are much lower than here in Eastern PA, it is more rural with less "city-folk" moving into the area, with a more "country" setting, but still an easy drive to family if need be.

From: Grey Ghost
02-Aug-21
Our bucket list of places to see and experiences to have in retirement is long. My wife and I plan to upgrade our RV, so our retirement location will be wherever we travel to next in it.

Matt

From: Bob H in NH
02-Aug-21
2 plus years ago we moved to WY when my boss said I could teleworking. It was a safe dry run for retirement.

Now 1 year from retirement, it's become more of a when we move back than if we move back

We have some options to as out and it wouldn't be until at least 2023 to make a move, but its very much harder to be away from family, both kids and parents, and now a grandson with a other on the way

Not sure what the future will bring, but we love living here at the foot of the Bighorns

From: Dale06
02-Aug-21
We moved from Mn to Colo after I retired. Much better taxes and weather., and the mountains. Had a great place, five acres, out in country. Two years later we moved back to Mn to be near our kids and grandkids. Family is important.

From: BullBuster
02-Aug-21
Montana has every species to hunt and best fly fishing in the US.

From: Stix
02-Aug-21
I'm going to Kelowna, BC next year. Wife has dual citizenship so I'm in.

Cant beat the universal healthcare, fishing, both coastal and inland, and exceptional hunting. I'll probably also do dual citizenship.

From: bigswivle
02-Aug-21
Kinda like Matt, I think I might get a nice motor home one day and try to do it all. (I’m a long ways from retirement, LOL)

From: Rob in VT
02-Aug-21

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Today is my first day of retirement. We settled on Sheridan Wyoming for a number of reasons. There is no state income tax or inheritance tax, the political environment aligns with our political believes, the scenery is incredible, the fishing is pretty good, and of course the hunting isn’t too shabby! The best surprise was that our neighbors are such super nice people and really made us feel welcome. There are lots of things to do near by and places to explore. All our family and friends want to visit.

Best of luck with your decision!

From: Whitey
02-Aug-21
Someone mentioned Washington. You can fish the salt for salmon, tuna, cod, dig clams Etc and hunt elk,blacktail bear and cougar the same day or you can catch big trout , bass, walleye and hunt elk, mule deer,whitetail,, bear ,rouse, pheasant ,hun,rabbits the same day. Turkey in the spring. My uncle lives on the coast and as of last week he has 3 freezers full of fish elk , deer, bear ,birds and has kept over 200 Dungeness crab. He fishes the ocean every day the wind and tides allow and the rest of the time he is in hunting camp. The fishing and hunting are in decline but still good . Seattle area in a 75 mile radius is are progressive nutjobs but the rest of the state is red. It’s right in the middle for cost of living in the US. The west side has 300 grey days a year the best summers on the planet and less rainfall than Fla and HI. The east side is high desert 1500 to 3000 ft and 300 plus days of sunshine and really cold winters

From: Tilzbow
02-Aug-21

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I retired earlier this year and have been considering relocating to Washington or Wyoming for the reasons outlined above. First I need to burn some elk, deer and antelope points in NV before moving out of state. NV is great for what we have but it’s a limited opportunity state, even for residents.

The plan for the next year or two is to drive the beast in the picture around the US and Canada, towing a new Bronco (if I ever get it) and if we find a spot that’s perfect during our journeys we might relocate. We spent three weeks in Washington in May and central Washington, near Banks Lake, is definitely on the relocation list.

From: Dale06
02-Aug-21
Someone above mentioned the great Canadian health care system. My friends in Saskatoon and Regina come to the USA for their serious health care issues. They have to pay cash.

From: Whitey
02-Aug-21
Tilz. Banks lake area is gods country.

02-Aug-21
Wyoming summer and fall - Texas winter and spring.

From: txhunter58
02-Aug-21
Will stay a resident of Texas for the politics and taxes. Winters there, summers at my cabin in Colorado. And an RV to see the rest of the country. So kind of a 3 tiered approach.

From: BullBuster
03-Aug-21
Montana has every species to hunt and best fly fishing in the US.

From: BullBuster
03-Aug-21
Montana has every species to hunt and best fly fishing in the US.

From: bigswivle
03-Aug-21
Montana has every species to hunt and best fly fishing in the US.

The grizz would b my only hold up. I don’t want to get eaten while mowing my yard

From: BTM
03-Aug-21
If you move to cold, sparsely populated country, make sure the old lady's FULLY on board. Half the homes for sale where I live (including the one I bought) are on the market because the wife was tired of the cold, too far from relatives, too far from a Starbucks, etc.

From: Grey Ghost
03-Aug-21
I'm actually surprised how many people recommend Wyoming and Montana for the ideal retirement locations. Yes, they are wonderful states for outdoor enthusiasts during the summer and fall months, but the winters are long and harsh. I don't know about others, but my wife and I have become less enthusiastic about our CO winters, now that we don't ski as often. There's no chance we'd move to an area with even worse winters.

BTM also brings up an excellent point about our better halves. I twisted my wife's arm to move to the boonies of central Colorado 21 years ago. I think last year during Covid was the first time she truly appreciated living so remotely. Convenience to family, friends, groceries, shopping, restaurants, hair salons, etc etc...is often more important to women than they are to us redneck outdoorsmen.

Matt

From: Nick Muche
03-Aug-21
If we have to base our home location on it's proximity to a Starbucks, I am getting divorced.

From: Bob H in NH
03-Aug-21
We moved to WY from NH. Winters are no big deal for us, about the same EXCEPT the wind, but actually have less snow in WY than in NH. With the exception of the COLD days (week of about -20 last winter), the days of 20 degrees just don't feel as cold here as in NH (unless the wind is blowing). For us, winters not an issue, just those damn family connections!

From: BTM
03-Aug-21
Another thing I heard when I moved to Wyoming: "If the weather was better here, this state would have a population of six million, not 600,000." So true!

As with so many decisions in life, trade-offs must be considered. I've never regretted moving here, but YMMV.

03-Aug-21
“If the weather was better here, this state would have a population of six million, not 600,000." So true!

As Bob H points out, the snow in Wyoming generally isn’t too bad, although the 31” with 60 mph winds we had in mid-March pretty well sucked! And it can certainly get extremely cold, but we just bundle up and deal with it. However, the one thing you never get used to is the wind. It’s just brutal! My long-time hunting buddy got married to a lady a few years ago that he knew from high school . She moved up here, but 7 months later she’d had enough. They now live back home in Tennessee.

GG hit the nail on the head. From May to mid-November or so, it’s great. However, late fall, winter, and early spring just isn’t much fun.

From: Korey Wolfe
03-Aug-21
I'm a long long way from retiring but I'm about 99% sure I'm living the home I'm going to retire in. This is the general area where I was born and 80% of my family lives within an hour.

Why wait until you retire to move to a place you are happy with?

03-Aug-21

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This pretty much sums it up! Ha!

From: Elkpacker1
03-Aug-21
Wa state. I havw a place in eastern WA (sokane area) PLeanty of hunting and fishing. Then we are buildind in squm WA. boat in the harbor to head to the straights of Juan Defuca, alaska or south. WA coast has pleanty of elk and blacktail deer. Fishing salt is incrediable and stealhead are plentiful. (our winter place) Spokane is summer.

From: midwest
03-Aug-21
I'm happy to live in a fly over state. If I moved at retirement, it would likely be South Dakota so I'd at least be a little closer to the western states and lower taxes. But good ol' Iowa is hard to beat for good people and reasonable cost of living.

...and whitetails, if you're into that sort of thing. ;-)

From: KY EyeBow
03-Aug-21
Proximity to my family will be given much higher priority than hunting when/if retirement relocation is considered.

From: t-roy
03-Aug-21
Midwest….you forgot to mention the fishing…..Oh, wait ;-)

Agree with all of Midwest’s assessments, plus would add that the political climate here also seems to be bucking the trend happening in much of the nation.

From: midwest
04-Aug-21

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The fishing in Iowa? lol...Well, it depends on what you want to fish for. I have a friend who is a bit of an aficionado of flathead fishing. Rod and reel only, catch and release, uses and keeps bait the size most of us would fillet for dinner. Usually catches 100 per season. I really need to tag along sometime.

From: cnelk
04-Aug-21

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N Colorado. Lived here 32 years and not really planning on moving. Great 4 seasons weather, good hunting and fishing. 2 - 4 hours away from NonRes hunting in Wyoming, Nebraska or Kansas.

From: Lawdy
04-Aug-21
We wanted to retire on our place up on the Great Pen in Newfoundland but Covid ruined that idea. We are going to do the 6 month thing once this Covid crap passes, if it ever does, summers in Newfy, winters in Northern NH. I sugar in the Spring, still coach Spring and Fall, and run hounds in the winter. Our kids and grandkids are all working and busy with their families, so we only see them a few times a year as they are scattered.

From: Stix
04-Aug-21

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Alham, the healthcare in Canada has improved greatly in the last 20 years. My in-laws who reside there have unique health issues and they are well taken care of. The long wait times, etc were very much exaggerated. I agree that they needed to work the bugs out of the system since it was first instated. Things dont go well immediately, when starting such a huge undertaking.

Canada is now rated #30 in the world for healthcare. The US ranks #37.

From: PECO
04-Aug-21
" The west side has 300 grey days a year the best summers on the planet" If a grey day is grey skies and rain, I'll stay here where we have over 300 days of sunshine a year.

From: Whitey
04-Aug-21
Peco , Yes 300 days with clouds and or rain. Winters in the high 40’s low 50’s ,I wear shorts year around. The cloud cover gets to people not born here. Summers are mostly sunny in the high 70s to mid 80s. We have two distinct climates in Washington because of the Cascade mountains. Western Wa is a temperate rain Forrest and Central and eastern Washington are semi arid mountains and high desert. It looks much like Colorado in the mountains down to the wheat covered plains in the east with 300 sunny days a year. It’s unique in North America and only exists from about the middle of Oregon north to about the middle of British Columbia.

From: Rut Nut
04-Aug-21

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Never understood those that dislike the winter. My “off season” (from hunting) is spent on the hard water. Could NOT imagine spending the winter any other way! ;-)

From: Deertick
04-Aug-21
Winter in Wyoming? It's fine, really. Spring? Hold on to your hat -- you won't like it. Like others have noted -- it's not the cold, nor the precipitation. Neither amount to much for even the modestly hardy people. The WIND, though ... will induce psychiatric symptoms that a quite troublesome, unpredictable, and occasionally dangerous.

From: Grasshopper
04-Aug-21
Hate to break it to all the married fellas, 90 percent of you will move close to where your grandchildren live. Proven fact backed with real estate stars.

Tip: get your kids to relocate where you want to be.

From: nchunter
04-Aug-21
I would take eastern NC over any of those other sites. No elk but deer and gigantic bear. The red drum fishing is incredible. I like cold weather but not 8 months of it. Right now I live in Charlotte which is bound and determined to turn into Atlanta which is a joke. But I am close to mountains for trout and any terrain of deer hunting you want. I can be at the outer banks in 7 hours or New Bern area for great fishing. And most importantly I can be with my grandkids in 5 minutes.

From: ahunter76
04-Aug-21
We live on the Ia, Ill border (in Ia). Great fishing in Mississippi river. Great Trout fishing streams in N.E. part of the state & of course Whitetail. I've been to 15 different states bowhunting & lived in 6 different states at least a year or more. My home state is Ill. & glad I'm out but only 1 hour from home town.. Fairly close to all kids/G-kids & thats what is important to us.

From: Mint
04-Aug-21
I'll be moving off of Long Island in the next seven or so years or so. My wife who is from venezuela has no family in the states so that won't be an issue. She doesn't wantto move to a colder area but will do it if we get a condo in Florida for the harsh months. She wants to be in the country but we need a good hospital since she has one of my kidneys. Right now we go into NYC which is at least an hour drive so I figure anyplace an hour or so out from a decent hospital would do it. I'm thinking Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, maybe even Northern Georgia, Southern Virginia or Delaware but I'd rather be in a red state and so would my wife. I figure out west is out since at retirement age I don't know if I want o be humping those mountains to hunt all the time even though I workout everyday.

From: chillkill
05-Aug-21
Migrate to aussie, central Queensland.. Tropical weather, outstanding saltwater fishing, really good freshwater fishing..The deer where protected for so long they are now a pest.. And best of all a man can live somewhere where your nearest neighbor can be 10 to a 100 miles away..

From: MT Livin'
05-Aug-21

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moving away from family; kids, grandkids, parents, friends, etc.: that's the sacrifice, and a difficult one that has to be made. It can be hard at times but we are where we love to live, the stress of the rat-race would have killed us long before we were ready, because we are no where near retirement yet. We tired of living the rat-race out east and we are better for it mentally. pic off the deck

From: Jaquomo
05-Aug-21
Chillkill, you forgot about redbelllied black snakes, King brown snakes all the other poisonous snakes, golden orb spiders, funnel web spiders scorpions, and all the other interesting creatures Queensland has to offer! That said, sure lots of cool critters to hunt, and those freshwater lobsters are to die for.

From: cnelk
05-Aug-21
I’ve had lengthy discussions with a good buddy of mine about this topic.

We’ve come to the conclusion that a retirement spot needs to ‘check all the boxes’. These boxes can vary, but there are some that are important as you get older.

Good health care, weather, family, friends, hobbies, etc…

You just gotta know your boxes and check em.

From: georgemcg
06-Aug-21
Payson Arizona !!!

06-Aug-21

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My wife Tricia would love to sell the house and purchase a fifth-wheel with a super truck and travel the US.. Not me! I need a base of operation, a comfortable house, a garage, and mail box. Other than Colorado growing a lot, we live in a good town , Ft. Collins, (State politics sucks) good health care, etc, and just a hour or two from good fishing and good hunting in the mts, or out on the prairie, and a joining states. No doubt about it, making a major move needs to be supported by both mates and family. Sometime the pot of gold is right in one's back yard.

From: W
07-Aug-21
Mississippi, Louisiana, or Alabama. Plenty of deer. Fish the Gulf or the Louisiana marsh. Low cost of living. Nicest people in the world.

Or SE Alaska

From: W
07-Aug-21
Also consider your physical condition and age. Some of us aren’t in serious mountain hunting shape going into retirement.

From: Driver
07-Aug-21
Sold our house last year, bought a Ram 3500 dually to pull our 42' Cedar Creek Champagne 5th wheel. Now home is wherever we want it to be. The kids can't move back home if they can't find you.

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