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Well, it sounds like Idaho and Colorado are a couple of the worst, but we still need to hear from more of the others ... maybe one of the others will turn out the best. Sun sets here in 2 hours. While we wait to hear from the others, I'm gonna grab my stuff and go hunting.

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Haven't heard from anyone in Utah??? Nobody home there, maybe that's the state you should pick. Evil!

No critters here in Colorado... they all headed to Utah during our last nasty winter!

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Lot's of Tejaseans in western Wyoming. They raised the price of dirt to $1,000,000.00 a shovel full and built houses as big as their home state. I think Jackson Hole Mtn. Resort is going to blow up all the steep terrain and flatten it out so the folks from Tejas can ski more than 1% of it Brick Wall,) You can go there Thumbs up neener!

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I detect a hint of sarcasm in some of these post! Laugh

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Uhhhh Texas; "texas"! Nothing at all hear in Colorado

Yep no good hunting in Colorado and no fishing either you want to got o Texas or California lots of good stuff there Evil! Evil! Laugh

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Haven't heard from anyone in Utah??? Nobody home there, maybe that's the state you should pick. Evil!

No critters here in Colorado... they all headed to Utah during our last nasty winter!

We were trying to stay out of it! Utah sucks! All the deer and elk are gone.

Seriously I don't have a lot of experience hunting outside of Utah but it is a great hunting and fishing state with lots of diverse scenary. I often times do both in the same day. Nothing like catching a 20 inch Brown out of a beautiful mountain stream with my fly rod then chasing monster bucks or bulls two hours later.

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Location: Idaho
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Sounds like Utah is the state. Hopefully all the people who hunt Idaho will surrender their licenses and tags and head down ...

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Everybody here in Utah has been outside doing something.

All the western states are experience large growths in their populations. Utah had 1/2 million people when I was a kid and now we are well over 2 million and booming. Roads are crowded and always seem to be under construction as we struggle to keep up with the growth.

Years ago, I picked up tags as needed. Now I have 14 elk points and still can't draw a bull tag. And for the 1st time in my life I didn't draw even a deer tag. Which used to be an over the counter purchase.

You ask which states have great hunting. Utah has great hunting if you can get a tag. So move on out here, start putting your money in the Elk Lottery and maybe 20 years from now you will draw a tag and enjoy our great hunting.

But you could stay in Texas, not have to shovel snow all winter and just put in for a Non-resident tag and probably draw an elk tag during that same 20 years. Be a tourist for 10 days and enjoy your hunt and the rest of us wouldn't have to add another lane to the freeway.

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Actually, there are two Idahos. South Idaho is and always has been growing like mad. North Idaho is also growing. I live in N Idaho but grew up in S. I don't hunt much down south but it sounds a bit like it's getting like other states - great hunting - but at a price (of some form or another). North Idaho is good - still over-the-counter tags with which you can slip into deep, dark or vast forests and hunt for long seasons. And even though N Idaho has grown in pop, it seems to me (I may be wrong) that actually less people hunt (except for turkey).

And there is central Idaho in the middle - and that's where I run into the most non-res hunters.

Hunting season starts tomorrow, archery big game and any weapon on the lifetime species. Actually any-weapon antlerless elk has been open since Aug 1 in some units. I'll hunt for this or that pretty much through the end of the calendar year up here.

Don't come to Idaho.

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Painted Horse wrote:
Everybody here in Utah has been outside doing something.

All the western states are experience large growths in their populations. Utah had 1/2 million people when I was a kid and now we are well over 2 million and booming. Roads are crowded and always seem to be under construction as we struggle to keep up with the growth.

Years ago, I picked up tags as needed. Now I have 14 elk points and still can't draw a bull tag. And for the 1st time in my life I didn't draw even a deer tag. Which used to be an over the counter purchase.

You ask which states have great hunting. Utah has great hunting if you can get a tag. So move on out here, start putting your money in the Elk Lottery and maybe 20 years from now you will draw a tag and enjoy our great hunting.

But you could stay in Texas, not have to shovel snow all winter and just put in for a Non-resident tag and probably draw an elk tag during that same 20 years. Be a tourist for 10 days and enjoy your hunt and the rest of us wouldn't have to add another lane to the freeway.

You're right and that's the reason I switched to archery on deer, easier to draw, and Elk is still over the counter for a general tag. Trophy elk tags are hard to draw but I have covered many many miles while scouting/camping from my back and believe me when I say that Utah still holds trophy opportunities on elk and especially deer on general hunts if you know where to go. I keep those spots a closely guarded secret though. Thumbs up The areas I speak of though are miles from any road and you almost certainly have to backpack in stay a while to locate the animals. Time has been short for me....I got married last summer and I've got a new little girl this summer. But I snuck away for a few days and have been out chasing 30 inch bucks and drop tine bucks this year with my bow.....just couldn't quite close the deal in the time I had. Those spots are still out there. It's just that the guys that road hunt or don't go far from the trail would never know it.

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