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Location: SW Wisconsin
Joined: 03/25/2006
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Relocation advice needed

Hello I will soon be medical retired from the US army. I just finished my 3rd Iraq tour and am looking forward to getting back to the mountains. I was born and raised in Riverton Wy. I have a 4 year old son who I hope can spend his childhood as I did hunting and fishing. We are looking for a place to settle down. We need a place where the cost of living isn't too high and where the hunting and fishing is good, especialy small game, varmits and upland bird hunting. My wife is a nurse and can get a job about anywhere. We are considering Wy, Mt, Id and possibly Or. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
Thanks for your time.

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Relocation advice needed

Idaho has it all you are looking for. Growing rapidly here.

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Location: Idaho
Joined: 06/01/2004
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Idaho has a lot of varied terrain (not saying the other states don't). Northern Idaho has more forest, in much of which lurk deer, moose, bear, elk, and growing numbers of wolves, etc. And it seems more dark and wet than the south. Probably is. If you have your eye on smaller game, waterfowl, and upland birds - southern Idaho might be your pick. Weather is nicer. Upland birds are in high numbers. Between southern Idaho and northern Idaho are many, many mountains.

Thank you for your service to our country.

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Location: SW Wisconsin
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Thanks to those who responded. Sounds like I will have to check Idaho out. I have driven through and thought it looked like great country.
An army buddy of mine from southern Idaho once told me that the mormons run everything there and that if your not mormon you won't feel welcome. Don't get me wrong I have no problem what so ever with anybodys religion but I don't want my family descriminated against becuase they are not a certain religion. Any thoughts on this? Is my information old or inaccurate?

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Location: Antelope, Ore
Joined: 03/24/2005
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Ah, I think he ment Utah! Anyway, the favorite place I ever lived was western Montana. Pretty much anywhere around Kalispell. Think if I went back tho, I'd head to Thompson Falls.

Oregon is destined to be the next California. Beautiful country in both but the government's will drive you nut's!

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Location: Idaho
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No, he probably did mean southern Idaho. Lots of Mormons. I grew up there. Was a mormon for a while. Good people, stubborn as rocks.

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Location: Idaho
Joined: 02/28/2006
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I live in southern Idaho and I am mormon, and sadly you are probably right. The people around here can be proud and arrogant. I was raised in Northern Idaho and it's a whole different story there. Twin Falls and Boise are really growing and less and less mormons run things now. I believe you will feel quite welcome here, especially in the hunting and fishing community. The deer hunting is good, the bird hunting is very good and the rockchuck hunting is unbelievable. We have more public land than any state. Where I live the BLM land mingles with farmland. I can go any direction and hunt just about anything thats open within a few miles of my house. This is a good area to raise a family and the schools are good. If your wife is a nurse she needs to get in with a private practice, stay away from the hospitals at least around Twin Falls. They have some of the lowest paying jobs in the nation, then again the cost of living here is lower than most places. There are many small communities around Twin Falls with good homes and a rural environment. Over all I think you would like it here. I've never lived anywhere but Idaho though so I'm a little biased.
Hank

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Location: idaho
Joined: 04/11/2006
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Idaho is great!

I agree with everybody that has posted so far. I moved here from minnesota and I love the hunting here in Idaho (moscow). The clearwater National forest is not far which is my favorite place to hunt. Plus there is some decent fishing on the clearwater river. Although Western Montana looks very nice as well. Oh and don't worry about the Mormons as many of my very good friends are mormons and I have not had any problems.

Mike

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Location: Lewiston, ID
Joined: 06/09/2006
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I just joined this forum and I live in northern Idaho! Lewiston to be exact and just love. Wouldn't trade it for anything!

I am not the religious sort and have never had any problems with anyone here over that!

I can hunt right from my house if I want to. I have more or less given up on elk hunting because of my physical condition. Sure do deer hunt though and it is great whitetail hunting around here!

I was medically retired from the AF in 1963 but still worked for several years and am now retired fulltime! Tough life! LOL!!

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Location: Idaho
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Old Hunter ... welcome to the forum! I'm just up the hill. Great WT hunting up here, also.

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Location: Idaho
Joined: 06/01/2006
Posts: 5
Southern Idaho is Great

My job moved me to Southern Idaho in 1999 from northwestern South Dakota. The hunting is fantastic here in southern ID. The upland game, mule deer, predator, bear, you name it, it is here. There are some huge elk down here also. I live in Burley, and it is a great community. I am sure there is a lot for a nurse to do here. The cost of living is not too bad, rising, but still reasonable. However, if you are looking for upland game, waterfowl, whitetail and antelope heaven, I would seriously consider the Dakotas. I grew up out there, have tons of family out there and go back each year to hunt. The antelope hunting in western SD is awesome, the Dakotas (especially south) are thick with whitetails, and there are great mule deer in the western part of each state (although not as large as mulies further west). If you like wing shooting, the Dakotas are arguably the best in the nation. We commonly shoot a limit of pheasant, ducks and sharptails by noon or 1:00. Each trip is typically also good for a couple of huns. You can also put in for controlled elk, mtn goat, bighorn sheep and moose tags. The draw odds range from 1 in 6 (elk) to 1 in 900 (bighorn sheep). I guess it is priority. If you like bears, lions, big mulies and elk (every year), take Idaho....there isn't a place like it in the country (and I hunt most western states). If you like upland birds, whitetails, mulies, and waterfowl, take the Dakotas (both are good, but I prefer South). You can shoot 3-6 antelope per year and over 20 deer per year (again, in South). Cheap meat! Good luck on your decision! Oh yeah, don't fret mormons. They are nice people. I disagree with them, but they are very nice people...good neighbors.

Ryan

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