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Top 200 Towns

Top 200 Towns

Affordable, thriving and perfectly wild towns in America. Outdoor Life presents the 2nd Annual Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen.
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from Countyboy wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Oops, wrong list...............Presque Isle is on the 2010 list

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from Countyboy wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Presque Isle, Maine was included at the number 115 spot. I live 40 miles from there, and it is a great place for the Outdoorsman if you like to fish for trout and gun over thousands of ducks and geese. You are also in the heart of some spectacular moose and black bear hunting. The only problem is that Outdoor Life has them 14th under "Bass Capitals." If there are bass in Presque Isle, they are few and far between and you definately would not go there to fish for them. Bass are not popular with the majority of residents in this county, with most fishermen listing them under "trash" fish. Some of the best smallmouth bass fishing would start at the northernmost part of Washington County near Danforth, which is 75 miles south of Presque Isle. The only bass that would be in Presque Isle would have been brought there in buckets, or made it up through the St. John River in New Brunswick and into the Aroostook River watershed. OL should be more diligent with their research.

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from dfrost wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I have traveled West to the midwest to the South. I lived in several states when I was in the USAF. LEwiston Idaho is where I live now ,and I can say this place is a 10. Best fishing, best hunting, job security, low crime , lots of water ( Snake River, Clearwater River), great weather,jetboat capital of the world,stable housing, 25 miles to snowskiing, snowmobiling,and a great college( Lewis Clark State).

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from oldhunter wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I live near Marquette,Mi. and your right on with the high rating it got. hunting, fishing, outdoors and friendly people with state land galore. what more could one ask for.

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from aklempel wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I have lived in 4 of the top 10 and currently Live in the #1 Lewiston, ID. If you don't agree with the choice then maybe you should get out more and enjoy your surroundings!! It's wonderful here and I've never met people who were more hospitable and willing to lend a helping hand. Worth living here!!!!!

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from mikeburgess wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

hell yes! that is awsome to see Michigan in that top ten of something good for once.

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from trailguypa wrote 5 years 1 week ago

Bradford(McKean Co.) PA is a GREAT Little City! I Moved Here Almost 8 Years Ago from a BIG Eastcoast City & have Loved IT Ever Since! Fantastic Outdoor Activities YEARROUND!!! Close To Buffalo, Erie; Cleveland & Pittsburgh Not TOO Far! Quiet, Walkable, Historic Downtown, and CLOSE to the Allegheny National Forest & Kinzua Dam(Allegheny Reservoir) and Allegany State Park(Largest in NY)!!

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from peter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

cool. i live pretty close to bradford, pa, but i thinkmy shavertowns better

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from Radan wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Maaaan! I've been to Lewiston Idaho for my job. That place is desolate, treeless and vertical (and there's a gal behind every tree). You got to be part mountain goat to climb them hills. What is this ranking crap anyway. Is this just a once a year national chamber of commerce advertisement contest. Looks like Idaho chamber of commerce ponied up the most money this year. Good. All ya'll move to Idaho (if you can find level ground)! I'll keep Va. to myself!

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from Bobothevandal wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Little known secret to the rest of the world. Idaho is hands down the greatest place in the world to hunt or fish. If you have not experienced it I would strongly caution you against it, the place is seriously more addictive than crack. I now live in the woeful state of Montana, however my home state of Idaho will for ever live in my heart.

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from Elizabeth Barry wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Glad I moved to Colorado this report's spreadsheet confirmed it. The spreadsheet is great I sorted by state and many other sorts. Horray Grand Junction CO at #77. Thanks for the great spreadsheet

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from Aldo wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Pennsylvania, was a great state many years ago. Should be avoided like the plague. State government is trying to turn this state into an east coast liberalfornia. Hunting and guns laws get worse every year. Life log resident and will be moving west ASAP.

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from olund wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Rochester, Mn. in top-ten! What a joke. Ahead of places in Alaska and Montana and Wyoming. Double-joke. All I can say is that Rochester must have a great publicist. I live in a town nearby that is not only on the Mississippi River but is smack-dab in the middle of hundreds of miles of trout stream and wooded bluffs full of deer. But that's okay. Go to Rochester instead. They're all coming over here.

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from Dodgercat wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Just about all of these towns are in the mid west. Does anyone have any reccomendations for the east coast ?

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from GJRules wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Grand Junction (number 78) is a horrible little town in the middle of nowhere with absolutely nothing to do or see. Please do not move here - you will hate it - there is nothing to be gained by moving here, you are better off in Cleveland or Flint or Compton, REALLY. Do not do any further research on the internet, you will find nothing more than what I have described here. Do not be scammed by pictures of the Colorado National Monument, the Grand Mesa with its 300 lakes, or fall for any of that other scenic beauty malarky. It's just a scam, Photo Shop pictures. Move to Idaho, they are number 1, I'm think about a move myself, REALLY!

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from korpi219 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

YEAH!! i live in marquette. and it is just as good as they say it is.

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from CSM wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Rock Springs, Wyoming should definitely be on the list. It has the same perks as Rawlins and Green River. We are surrounded by public land. The Red Desert is the destination of the longest migration of ungulates in the Lower 48, the antelope that travel from the Tetons so here. We are also home to a unique herd of desert elk. The public land is also wide open for ATVs. I disagree with Bozeman and Missoula being on the list. They have grown tremendously and that has affected the hunting. Much of the land is private and the cost of living is high and does not keep up with the very low wages.

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from Charlie S wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

My daughter is in Carbondale Co working for the state forestry dept.She loves it there, kind of pricey though.

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from elk_mountain wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Where's Wheatland, Wyoming?
There is all kinds of hunting in the land around there. Including elk, deer, and antelope. Plus waterfowl and predators are everywhere in the winter. With less than an hour's drive gets you to the fishing for either walleye, bass, and panfish or trout. Wheatland is an outdoorsmen's paradise and i am very surprised that it has not been featured in Outdoor Life.

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from Shuckapeafarms wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I think the top 200 list is severly flawed! As a resident of NYS most of my 55 years and a current resident of Gloversville, NY I must stae with fact Gloversville is in no way a contender for any spot on the list! It is the most deprived area in NYS with a current unemployment rate of 12%-14%! The hunting and fishing are mere mediocre to say the least. The cost of living bears the NYC mentality, utilities are out of site-$300 a month plus electric bills for a one bedroom apartment, $200 a month for cable,telephone, and internet service via Time Warner, rents $500 and up for apartments and $1000 plus for home rental.
It is a very deprived area and has no place on this list what-so-ever! Whom ever included it did little to no research what-so-ever! It is typical NYS living with high cost everything, the NYC viral mentality, and corrupt politics from the bottom straight to the top!
I would not recommend Gloversville or anywhere in NYS to my worst enemy! I am leaving this cesspool myself the end of July and have no intentions of ever looking back!

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

great towns sure wish i could see them all myself wow!

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from Thee Josh bracken wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

consider more pennsylvania and other east coast areas... renovo, pa is in an area with more than 200 hunting camps around it

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from northernmn wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

# 20, Roseau Minnesota, is not only known for top notch hunting and fishing, but is also the biggest little hockey town in the US. A city of 2500 people and a high school enrollment of 320+, it has captured the Minnesota State Hockey Championship seven times. If you love sports of all kinds, this is the city for you.

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from butler 23 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

i do like lewiston but id have to say that for me i would want to go a bit northern in idaho where i live i dont have to go far thiers a river nearby and plenty of creeks for fish and there will never be an ending to game in my hometown of clarkfork, Idaho but there where some damn good spots you guys found though.

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from ELKAHLK wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I would have to disagree with your top vote going to Lewiston Idaho. I've lived on the Clearwater now for the last 10 years, hunted much of the surrounding area, and though I've had good success, I wouldn't recommend others to spend their hard earned money to come here in the fall. Better off in a tree stand on a guided hunt back east, the Salmon and Snake river breaks are brutal on those new boots you bought at Cabela's..:)

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from Kevin R. Wheeler wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I just got this print issue in the mail yesterday! (5/27). It's great to see two Wyoming towns in the Top Ten. Rawlins is just down the road from me. (I have to get groceries there sometimes) I also saw that Saratoga made your list (Two for Carbon County! Woo Hoo!) It was great to see Wyoming well represented in the rest of the survey.

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from Kevin R. Wheeler wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I just got this print issue in the mail yesterday! (5/27). It's great to see two Wyoming towns in the Top Ten. Rawlins is just down the road from me. (I have to get groceries there sometimes) I also saw that Saratoga made your list (Two for Carbon County! Woo Hoo!) It was great to see Wyoming well represented in the rest of the survey.

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from ELKAHLK wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I would have to disagree with your top vote going to Lewiston Idaho. I've lived on the Clearwater now for the last 10 years, hunted much of the surrounding area, and though I've had good success, I wouldn't recommend others to spend their hard earned money to come here in the fall. Better off in a tree stand on a guided hunt back east, the Salmon and Snake river breaks are brutal on those new boots you bought at Cabela's..:)

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from elk_mountain wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Where's Wheatland, Wyoming?
There is all kinds of hunting in the land around there. Including elk, deer, and antelope. Plus waterfowl and predators are everywhere in the winter. With less than an hour's drive gets you to the fishing for either walleye, bass, and panfish or trout. Wheatland is an outdoorsmen's paradise and i am very surprised that it has not been featured in Outdoor Life.

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from butler 23 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

i do like lewiston but id have to say that for me i would want to go a bit northern in idaho where i live i dont have to go far thiers a river nearby and plenty of creeks for fish and there will never be an ending to game in my hometown of clarkfork, Idaho but there where some damn good spots you guys found though.

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from northernmn wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

# 20, Roseau Minnesota, is not only known for top notch hunting and fishing, but is also the biggest little hockey town in the US. A city of 2500 people and a high school enrollment of 320+, it has captured the Minnesota State Hockey Championship seven times. If you love sports of all kinds, this is the city for you.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

great towns sure wish i could see them all myself wow!

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from Charlie S wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

My daughter is in Carbondale Co working for the state forestry dept.She loves it there, kind of pricey though.

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from CSM wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Rock Springs, Wyoming should definitely be on the list. It has the same perks as Rawlins and Green River. We are surrounded by public land. The Red Desert is the destination of the longest migration of ungulates in the Lower 48, the antelope that travel from the Tetons so here. We are also home to a unique herd of desert elk. The public land is also wide open for ATVs. I disagree with Bozeman and Missoula being on the list. They have grown tremendously and that has affected the hunting. Much of the land is private and the cost of living is high and does not keep up with the very low wages.

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from korpi219 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

YEAH!! i live in marquette. and it is just as good as they say it is.

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from GJRules wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Grand Junction (number 78) is a horrible little town in the middle of nowhere with absolutely nothing to do or see. Please do not move here - you will hate it - there is nothing to be gained by moving here, you are better off in Cleveland or Flint or Compton, REALLY. Do not do any further research on the internet, you will find nothing more than what I have described here. Do not be scammed by pictures of the Colorado National Monument, the Grand Mesa with its 300 lakes, or fall for any of that other scenic beauty malarky. It's just a scam, Photo Shop pictures. Move to Idaho, they are number 1, I'm think about a move myself, REALLY!

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from mikeburgess wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

hell yes! that is awsome to see Michigan in that top ten of something good for once.

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from oldhunter wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I live near Marquette,Mi. and your right on with the high rating it got. hunting, fishing, outdoors and friendly people with state land galore. what more could one ask for.

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from Thee Josh bracken wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

consider more pennsylvania and other east coast areas... renovo, pa is in an area with more than 200 hunting camps around it

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from Shuckapeafarms wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I think the top 200 list is severly flawed! As a resident of NYS most of my 55 years and a current resident of Gloversville, NY I must stae with fact Gloversville is in no way a contender for any spot on the list! It is the most deprived area in NYS with a current unemployment rate of 12%-14%! The hunting and fishing are mere mediocre to say the least. The cost of living bears the NYC mentality, utilities are out of site-$300 a month plus electric bills for a one bedroom apartment, $200 a month for cable,telephone, and internet service via Time Warner, rents $500 and up for apartments and $1000 plus for home rental.
It is a very deprived area and has no place on this list what-so-ever! Whom ever included it did little to no research what-so-ever! It is typical NYS living with high cost everything, the NYC viral mentality, and corrupt politics from the bottom straight to the top!
I would not recommend Gloversville or anywhere in NYS to my worst enemy! I am leaving this cesspool myself the end of July and have no intentions of ever looking back!

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from Dodgercat wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Just about all of these towns are in the mid west. Does anyone have any reccomendations for the east coast ?

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from olund wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Rochester, Mn. in top-ten! What a joke. Ahead of places in Alaska and Montana and Wyoming. Double-joke. All I can say is that Rochester must have a great publicist. I live in a town nearby that is not only on the Mississippi River but is smack-dab in the middle of hundreds of miles of trout stream and wooded bluffs full of deer. But that's okay. Go to Rochester instead. They're all coming over here.

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from Aldo wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Pennsylvania, was a great state many years ago. Should be avoided like the plague. State government is trying to turn this state into an east coast liberalfornia. Hunting and guns laws get worse every year. Life log resident and will be moving west ASAP.

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from Elizabeth Barry wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Glad I moved to Colorado this report's spreadsheet confirmed it. The spreadsheet is great I sorted by state and many other sorts. Horray Grand Junction CO at #77. Thanks for the great spreadsheet

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from Radan wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Maaaan! I've been to Lewiston Idaho for my job. That place is desolate, treeless and vertical (and there's a gal behind every tree). You got to be part mountain goat to climb them hills. What is this ranking crap anyway. Is this just a once a year national chamber of commerce advertisement contest. Looks like Idaho chamber of commerce ponied up the most money this year. Good. All ya'll move to Idaho (if you can find level ground)! I'll keep Va. to myself!

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from peter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

cool. i live pretty close to bradford, pa, but i thinkmy shavertowns better

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from trailguypa wrote 5 years 1 week ago

Bradford(McKean Co.) PA is a GREAT Little City! I Moved Here Almost 8 Years Ago from a BIG Eastcoast City & have Loved IT Ever Since! Fantastic Outdoor Activities YEARROUND!!! Close To Buffalo, Erie; Cleveland & Pittsburgh Not TOO Far! Quiet, Walkable, Historic Downtown, and CLOSE to the Allegheny National Forest & Kinzua Dam(Allegheny Reservoir) and Allegany State Park(Largest in NY)!!

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from aklempel wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I have lived in 4 of the top 10 and currently Live in the #1 Lewiston, ID. If you don't agree with the choice then maybe you should get out more and enjoy your surroundings!! It's wonderful here and I've never met people who were more hospitable and willing to lend a helping hand. Worth living here!!!!!

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from dfrost wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I have traveled West to the midwest to the South. I lived in several states when I was in the USAF. LEwiston Idaho is where I live now ,and I can say this place is a 10. Best fishing, best hunting, job security, low crime , lots of water ( Snake River, Clearwater River), great weather,jetboat capital of the world,stable housing, 25 miles to snowskiing, snowmobiling,and a great college( Lewis Clark State).

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from Countyboy wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Presque Isle, Maine was included at the number 115 spot. I live 40 miles from there, and it is a great place for the Outdoorsman if you like to fish for trout and gun over thousands of ducks and geese. You are also in the heart of some spectacular moose and black bear hunting. The only problem is that Outdoor Life has them 14th under "Bass Capitals." If there are bass in Presque Isle, they are few and far between and you definately would not go there to fish for them. Bass are not popular with the majority of residents in this county, with most fishermen listing them under "trash" fish. Some of the best smallmouth bass fishing would start at the northernmost part of Washington County near Danforth, which is 75 miles south of Presque Isle. The only bass that would be in Presque Isle would have been brought there in buckets, or made it up through the St. John River in New Brunswick and into the Aroostook River watershed. OL should be more diligent with their research.

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from Countyboy wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Oops, wrong list...............Presque Isle is on the 2010 list

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from Bobothevandal wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Little known secret to the rest of the world. Idaho is hands down the greatest place in the world to hunt or fish. If you have not experienced it I would strongly caution you against it, the place is seriously more addictive than crack. I now live in the woeful state of Montana, however my home state of Idaho will for ever live in my heart.

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