Where Would You Live
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CFMuley 11-Oct-21
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HDE 11-Oct-21
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Knothead 12-Oct-21
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PECO 12-Oct-21
bigswivle 12-Oct-21
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tacklebox 12-Oct-21
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Bowfreak 12-Oct-21
SBH 12-Oct-21
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CFMuley 12-Oct-21
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7mm08 13-Oct-21
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APauls 13-Oct-21
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CFMuley 13-Oct-21
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From: CFMuley
11-Oct-21
If you were a mid 20’s single guy that was an avid hunter, where would you live? I have a possible career change that would allow me to live anywhere in the U.S. I prefer western states and am an avid mule deer and elk hunter. I’ve been strongly considering Wyoming or Montana. I currently live in the greater Salt Lake area, and although I really don’t mind it, I grew up in a small town and would prefer to move to something similar.

From: Swampbuck
11-Oct-21
Mid 20 and single, I would be looking for does, :) you can always travel to hunt

From: Treeline
11-Oct-21
Alaska!

From: 70lbdraw
11-Oct-21
Depends...do you still need to make a living? If so, you should definitely look for that work/play balance. I live in ID. The wages aren't the best but the outdoor opportunities are endless.

Make it count for you while you're free to do so!

From: HUNT MAN
11-Oct-21
Montana or Wyoming for me. Alaska is great but I like year round hunting . Good place to visit!! Best of luck. You want regret it!!

From: CFMuley
11-Oct-21
Swamp buck, I guess I should rephrase that to single by my choice. Haha I will have to travel for work occasionally, but the trips will be infrequent enough that distance to an airport isn’t all that important.

From: HDE
11-Oct-21
WY. No state income tax.

From: Old School
11-Oct-21
Hard to go wrong with WY, ID or MT.

From: Dale06
11-Oct-21
Wyoming, for a much better tax situation.

From: Tilzbow
11-Oct-21

Tilzbow's Link
Don’t just look at state income tax when considering where to live. There’s also sales tax, gas tax, property tax, car registration and so on. Each state gets your money at fairly equal rates, within a few percentage points, some just hide it better than others.

That said WY and Alaska are great choices. See link for a more expansive view of tax by state.

From: Willieboat
11-Oct-21
Wyoming

From: Knifeman
11-Oct-21
If I had gone to Cody Wyoming when I was a young single man, I would have never come back.

From: elkmtngear
11-Oct-21
WY or MT for me.

From: Jaquomo
11-Oct-21
Wyoming.

From: 70lbdraw
11-Oct-21
Now, keep in mind, Kanye West recently bought property in WY...why??

11-Oct-21
Generally speaking, what will give you the most ability to pursue your avid hunting dreams would be Living in the the State of Financial Independence.... so what ever will get you there is what I recommend.

From: keepemsharp
11-Oct-21
CF: depends on what you know how to do?

From: sundowner
11-Oct-21
Daniel or Pinedale, Wyoming .

From: drycreek
11-Oct-21
Wyoming Wyoming Wyoming ! Those are my three choices. Hell, I wouldn’t have to be 20, just take 20 off of my age and I’d go. Hindsight is truly 20/20.

From: 137buck
11-Oct-21
If I were to move from Montana, it would only be for Wyoming or Alaska. Now if I were young and no one to worry about, but myself, I'd be packed and heading for Alaska.

From: APauls
11-Oct-21
Alberta. And there isn’t even a close second

From: Bake
11-Oct-21
Zambia

From: Jaquomo
11-Oct-21
Sundowner, you ever been to Pinedale in January? ;-) There are far more pleasant (relatively speaking) places to live in WY.

From: Ron Niziolek
11-Oct-21
70lbdraw, his place is for sale I believe for only 11 million.

Wyoming

From: ElkNut1
11-Oct-21
I live in Idaho, great state! But to choose all over my heart would be in WY! It still may be!

ElkNut

From: Twinetickler
11-Oct-21
Too bad CO is what it is, but there is still some great hunting opportunity as a CO resident. Wyoming wouldn't be bad, the wind sucks.

From: tradi-doerr
12-Oct-21
If I were back in my 20's I would consider living in AK for a couple years, then move to either MT, ID, WY, or back to CO, would even consider WA for a couple years. Hunt as much as you can in what ever state your living in. If your job is that mobile I would try a couple of states.

From: Knothead
12-Oct-21
Worland Wyoming. It is the least windiest place in the state.

From: Royboy
12-Oct-21
Ne Oregon Wallowa county

From: Aftermerle
12-Oct-21
Nanana, Alaska. From there I would be within driving range of everything that state has to offer.

From: LINK
12-Oct-21
Wyoming or Alaska

From: DanaC
12-Oct-21
Does it come down to 'how much winter do I like'?

From: PECO
12-Oct-21
I wish I was in my mid 20's with the knowledge I have now. Check out Philipsburg, MT.

From: bigswivle
12-Oct-21
Vegas

12-Oct-21
Wyoming

12-Oct-21
Mid-20s and single? Dallas Texas, you need to be hunting the ladies. Flights are cheap out of Dallas.

Otherwise a cool mountain town like Boise, Bend, Coeur d’Alene or Bozeman that has the ladies. You can always retreat to a shack in the woods in your 60s but you’ll never be in your 20s again.

From: SBH
12-Oct-21
Wyoming 100%

MT is headed in a bad direction IMO

From: Brotsky
12-Oct-21
I'd choose Colorado. There's a lot more to life at 20-something to be enjoyed in addition to great hunting. You'll find all of that "other" stuff more abundantly in Colorado than Wyoming (although I seem to get in plenty of trouble in Wyoming so....). Then move to Wyoming when you're 35-40.

From: tacklebox
12-Oct-21
Spent my early 20's in CO, WY and MT. Loved it

From: Bob H in NH
12-Oct-21
For where I am in WY all the 20 somethings leave, we have older folks and young families, kids graduate, then leave only to return to raise families later in life

Slim pickings for 20 something social life

From: SBH
12-Oct-21
Social life? I'd rather spend my time in the woods. I am considered an oddball though.....

From: Bowfreak
12-Oct-21
Wyoming. There are women to be found everywhere, elk, antelope and conservative politics not so much.

From: SBH
12-Oct-21
Oooh well said Bowfreak^^^^^

From: Quinn @work
12-Oct-21
Sheridan, WY but if you want a better chance at filling some "doe" tags also I'd choose CO for now. :)

From: PoudreCanyon
12-Oct-21
Alaska offers opportunities no other state has - you can hunt Dall Sheep, Mountain Goats, Moose, and Grizzly and black bears every year as a resident there. But, knowing what I know now, I wish I had spent my 20’s somewhere in the Dakotas, near one of the Missouri River empoundments. Great deer and Turkey hunting, some of the best waterfowling, and the best upland bird hunting in the lower 48. Also, fantastic warmwater fishing opportunities, and fewer humans and urban sprawl than all of the “cool” mountain town states. And, you can always travel to hunt elk:) Poudre

From: Bowaddict
12-Oct-21
^^^^!!

12-Oct-21
Scottsdale, Arizona area. Tons of good looking girls, and great hunting in the state and surrounding states. Nice houses are super affordable compared to NY/CA

From: KY EyeBow
12-Oct-21
Believe it or not, there are other things in life than hunting--shocker! I had a chance to move to MT when my family was young(wife and I were circa 30 and my twins were 2 yo). I turned down the offer and stayed here in KY and I am glad I did. My Dad ended up sick with cancer a few years later and subsequently died but I was glad I got to spend that time with he and my Mom and then was able to raise my children close to their grandparents. Life is short but that is something to think about......

From: CFMuley
12-Oct-21
Thanks for all the input guys. I really appreciate it. As far as women go, I’m not that worried about it. Not that I’m not interested, but the couple times I’ve been up to Cody I was able to rustle up a little fun. Haha As for work, I currently am an apprentice plumber and I guide hunts. I have an opportunity to keep guiding, but have a gig that I can work remotely the rest of the year. I grew up in a small town and I just miss the environment. I like knowing my neighbors and people around town. Where I’m at now, everything just seems so fast paced and I can’t stand the crowding. I know there’s more to life than hunting, but I currently seem to hunt 100+ days most years and when I’m not hunting, I’m working to pay for my hopeless addiction or planning other hunts.

From: DanaC
13-Oct-21
If I knew then... I'd have looked hard at the Finger Lakes area of New York.

From: sticksender
13-Oct-21
If it's mainly about hunting opportunity, good to keep in mind that there are sooooooo many other species to hunt in North America besides deer & elk & pronghorn. For that reason, if given a choice, I wouldn't pick a western state, but rather the Canadian province of British Columbia. Seventeen of the NA 29 can be hunted there, more than any other state or province. Plus lynx, wolverine, bobcat, and wolves can be hunted/trapped. The wisest among us have already chosen thusly. If it absolutely had to be in the USA, then the next best choice is of course Alaska.

From: darktimber
13-Oct-21

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Wyoming is great! We have two seasons anymore; smokey summer and windy winter. Looks like we’re skipping fall again this year! You’d think after 20 years I would be acclimated to it!!

From: tobywon
13-Oct-21
I was in the same boat as KY EyeBow, but everyone's life and needs in life are different. I went back to school for a career change, so got my degree in my mid 20's. My Dad passed with cancer around the same time and I'm glad I was able to spend time with him and family. I'm still around family with my kids and don't regret that one bit. Went to MT and WY last year and can possibly see myself there one day, but I would miss the saltwater fishing I grew up with too. I wish you luck and happiness wherever you end up.

From: Will
13-Oct-21
Central MA. Because I love New England and can be in mountains or at the ocean in less than 2hrs and there are lots of cool outdoor things to do outdoors and in. Plus I have 5 airports within 90' that can take me anywhere if needed.

I will say with confidence I'm the only person on Bowsite who thinks this choice is good ha ha ha!

13-Oct-21
If it’s a question of pure hunting opportunities and experience. One of the top hunting countries on the African continent would give you very useful hunting experience for anywhere else in the world. Perhaps become a PH for an established company. Although not easy, it can be done.

If US only Alaska or Wy

From: Potro
13-Oct-21
Cancun, Cabos or Puerto Vallarta are great places for hunting as well

From: 7mm08
13-Oct-21

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Last night before additional snow and wind.
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Last night before additional snow and wind.
Well Wyoming is nice at times, but these past few days have been rough! No mule deer hunting as many roads are closed and many more, unpassable. Three days ago, I was hunting in a T-shirt. Today, my truck is stuck 10 feet from my garage, the neighbor is stuck in his drive, and a road grader was stuck on our road this morning. Forty mph winds and five-foot snow drifts!

From: 7mm08
13-Oct-21

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Last night before additional snow and wind.
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Last night before additional snow and wind.
Well Wyoming is nice at times, but these past few days have been rough! No mule deer hunting as many roads are closed and many more, unpassable. Three days ago, I was hunting in a T-shirt. Today, my truck is stuck 10 feet from my garage, the neighbor is stuck in his drive, and a road grader was stuck on our road this morning. Forty mph winds and five-foot snow drifts!

From: 7mm08
13-Oct-21

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Another from last night. My driveway.
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Another from last night. My driveway.

From: HUNT MAN
13-Oct-21
I moved from a small town in north Georgia to Missoula Montana in 1999. People back home told me I was crazy . Said he will be home after the first winter. 22 years later and still the best decision I ever made. You only live once. Chase your dreams!! Hunt

From: No Mercy
13-Oct-21
Poudre-I grew up in central ND. It's a great place to grow up and I still live on the Eastern Part of the state. The bird hunting and walleye fishing here is world class. The over the counter archery deer tags are awesome too. After that, the big game hunting severely lacks. We have antelope, but it takes almost 10 years to draw the tags now. Moose, Elk and Bighorn are once in a lifetime tags. Although the state is pretty conservative, the bigger cities (Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck) are changing rapidly. When I retire I am probably going to Wyoming....

From: APauls
13-Oct-21
Glad to see people completely underestimate Canada. Animals in Alberta are flirting with World Record quality in nearly every category, not to mention the abundance is ridiculous, no people, and acres of land. Sheep, elk, moose, mulies, whitetails, bears, fishing etc etc. Conservative place, wages are insane, no provincial sales tax due to oil $. I live in a decent place, but I have hunted there and it blew my socks off. The average hunter looks like Ulmer after hunting there. Small towns galore, or a couple major cities. Friendly people.

13-Oct-21
Apauls, you convinced me. Where should I live in Alberta

From: Dino
13-Oct-21
Apauls…Alberta is just ok.

From: CFMuley
13-Oct-21
I honestly hadn’t looked into Canada at all as I wasn’t sure about the hoops I’d have to jump through to become a citizen. I’m aware that the hunting opportunities are numerous just through some guys I follow on social media that live in BC. Maybe I should look into it a bit more. I know with Wyoming’s the winters are going to be terrible. I’ve been a little spoiled in Salt Lake with the mild winters the last handful of years, but I’m fairly used to harsh winters. Where I grew up, and lived until I was about 17, temps in the negatives were common along with a crazy amount of snow. I’ve spent a lot of time on the eastern side of the U.S., and I just don’t think it’s for me. I really appreciate everyone’s insight and recommendations though.

From: Grey Ghost
13-Oct-21
It's interesting that out of all the people who recommended Wyoming, only one of them actually lives there. There are reasons why it has the lowest population of any state. Don't get me wrong, I love hunting and fishing in Wyoming, but I'd hate the constant wind and harsh winters up there. For me, the rural areas on the front range of Colorado are pretty hard to beat, despite the general political environment of Colorado's big cities.

In hindsight, I would have spent more time in South Florida in my 20-30s, if my work would have allowed it. I've grown to love saltwater fishing as much as I do hunting western big game.

Matt

13-Oct-21
New Zealand

From: DanaC
14-Oct-21
Re Will "Central MA. Because I love New England..."

I live here too. The fishing is mediocre, the hunting is sparse, but the reasons you give are valid enough. And the 3-D shooting is good ;-)

(And, yeah, I get that the political situation is liberal af, yaddayaddayadda. If you find absurdity comical, it can be amusing.)

14-Oct-21
Grey Ghost, I did it the opposite way. I lived all over Florida in my 20s. FtLauderdale, Panama City, Jacksonville area.

Fresh water and offshore fishing. I can’t find a picture where I have long pants or shoes.

I was either fishing or diving. Thinking back. I wonder what my Mercury levels where:^)))) All I ate was fish and lobster. Talk about the Salt Life

From: Coondog
15-Oct-21
I'm 22. Just finished college in May. I currently live in Connecticut. Plan is to make some money and get out of here within the next few years. Hopefully be able to move to Montana or Wyoming. Lots more game to chase, resident prices, and a lot less liberals. Counting down the days!

From: Grey Ghost
15-Oct-21
Altitude Sickness, what made you end up in Michigan of all places? :-)

I totally get the "Salt Life" reference. We had our first snow storm where I live in Colorado, yesterday. It made me so anxious for my Sanibel trip in about a week. Hopefully the tarpon will be migrating back thru that area when I get down there. If not, there's always snook, reds, jacks, trout, triple tail, grouper, sharks, a sun burn, and a buzz to be caught down there. ;-)

Matt

From: lawdy
16-Oct-21
Definitely Newfie. Eddies Cove West up on the Northern Peninsula, drive up to Black Duck Cove and I can zip over to Labrador.

16-Oct-21

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G.G. I retired from the Navy and went home. Michigan is a great state for sportsman also. I went Grouse hunting then within a week Salmon fishing.

From: Bou'bound
16-Oct-21
Surprising no one sees the allure of Connecticut given all the live hunt action on the site

16-Oct-21
Anywhere except new England states, CA ,MD or NY.

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