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Top Towns 2011

Top Towns 2011

We scoured the United States to find places where great hunting and fishing starts right at the edge of town.
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from Bigbear2 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

I stand corrected...Pocatello Idaho went from #2 to #33 in one year. What is the reason for this. I am near retirement and use all research articles (including this) for making decisions. I would like to see someone comment on how such a drop for the Idaho locations that were in the top 20..Did the wolves get the fish as well.....

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from Bigbear2 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

What happen to those great Idaho towns that were in the top spots the last few years. I mean gez Pocatello goes from 5th to 35? and others drop real low. I want to move to Idaho so what gives..Are the wolves destroying fishing as well?

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from hunts2000 wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

It would not have taken much more work to dig up current unemployment rates, which would show unemployment in Bend is 14.3% -- NOT 4.3%. Great place to live, but good luck finding a job.

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from BobGSR wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

Have read the article and the comments ....
I lived in NH for 12 years ..... only reason I left was the job market dropped thru the floor ..
the fishing and Hunting are great .... yes the winters are long and hard..... but they don't have a State Income tax or a State Sales tax......
and yet only a single city from NH made the list .... not sure who is selecting the cities and states, but they REALLY need to re-think this again before they publish another article ...

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from theonlyarcher wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Yeah, the hunting and fishing is great, but if you can't afford to live there, what's the sense? Moved to Lander, WY from back east a few years back because we heard such great things. It hasn't lived up to the hype - not even close.

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from sdedi wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Lake Worth, Florida??? Really? Have you not been there? What, just because they have a fishing pier? Give me a break! Lake Worth is a dump!!!

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from sdedi wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

The new format for the top 200 towns is severely lacking. Go back to the old format with some detail.

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from ofieldstream wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Folks are so gullible. To believe being ‘ON’ such a ‘list’ is a good thing. Be happy ‘other places’ get listed and you’re left alone. Sane folks are thankful for such lucky breaks!

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from trapper vic wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

I love to hunt and fish but 18 of your top 20 are way too cold in the winter. Unless I can make 50 grand and hybernate 5 mo. out of the year!

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from Yoda wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

Camden, Me tourist heavy area in my opinion, I like it up in northern Maine better

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from BobL wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

Having lived in Bend for over 50 years now I'm wondering who penned this gem?

"In this unique landscape, where the Cascade Mountains meet the high desert, upland hunters chase quail, pheasants and chukar across a variety of terrain."

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from JohnT wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

mesarich and Jeepdude1987: Thanks for weighing in. If you'd like, suggest some of your favorite towns and we'll throw them in the mix for next year's list.

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from Jeepdude1987 wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

Only three cities from NM, and probably not the best outdoors towns in the state.

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from mesarich wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

The fact that the first town in Oklahoma is #91 and is Bartlesville tells me whoever made this list has not spent a whole lot of time in Oklahoma. Where I am from, around Tenkiller Lake, there is great hunting for deer, turkey, quail, rabbits, dove, and squirrel. There is also great fishing for trout, stiper, walleye, bass, crappie, and catfish. As well as some of the most beautiful country you will ever see.

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from casthompson wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

@papajocu - In most areas it is illegal to take out the head/antlers on any animal unitil all of the meat is taken out. So the guys you see with the antlers strapped to their back have already done the hard part of packing out all of the meat and are finishing up the job by hauling out the "trophy" of the hunt. Taking pictures of the meat being packed out just isn't as "sexy" as the pictures of the antlers strapped to the back.

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from papajocu wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

Oops, I meant the second picture from Bend Oregon

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from papajocu wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

I am curious about that first photo. I have often seen hunters pictured with a huge rack strapped to their back but always wondered what happened to the rest of the animal. I am hoping that the hunter is with a group of people who are carrying out the rest of the meat. Is that how it works?

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from ofieldstream wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Folks are so gullible. To believe being ‘ON’ such a ‘list’ is a good thing. Be happy ‘other places’ get listed and you’re left alone. Sane folks are thankful for such lucky breaks!

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from Bigbear2 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

I stand corrected...Pocatello Idaho went from #2 to #33 in one year. What is the reason for this. I am near retirement and use all research articles (including this) for making decisions. I would like to see someone comment on how such a drop for the Idaho locations that were in the top 20..Did the wolves get the fish as well.....

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from papajocu wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

I am curious about that first photo. I have often seen hunters pictured with a huge rack strapped to their back but always wondered what happened to the rest of the animal. I am hoping that the hunter is with a group of people who are carrying out the rest of the meat. Is that how it works?

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from papajocu wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

Oops, I meant the second picture from Bend Oregon

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from casthompson wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

@papajocu - In most areas it is illegal to take out the head/antlers on any animal unitil all of the meat is taken out. So the guys you see with the antlers strapped to their back have already done the hard part of packing out all of the meat and are finishing up the job by hauling out the "trophy" of the hunt. Taking pictures of the meat being packed out just isn't as "sexy" as the pictures of the antlers strapped to the back.

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from mesarich wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

The fact that the first town in Oklahoma is #91 and is Bartlesville tells me whoever made this list has not spent a whole lot of time in Oklahoma. Where I am from, around Tenkiller Lake, there is great hunting for deer, turkey, quail, rabbits, dove, and squirrel. There is also great fishing for trout, stiper, walleye, bass, crappie, and catfish. As well as some of the most beautiful country you will ever see.

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from Jeepdude1987 wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

Only three cities from NM, and probably not the best outdoors towns in the state.

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from JohnT wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

mesarich and Jeepdude1987: Thanks for weighing in. If you'd like, suggest some of your favorite towns and we'll throw them in the mix for next year's list.

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from BobL wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

Having lived in Bend for over 50 years now I'm wondering who penned this gem?

"In this unique landscape, where the Cascade Mountains meet the high desert, upland hunters chase quail, pheasants and chukar across a variety of terrain."

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from Yoda wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

Camden, Me tourist heavy area in my opinion, I like it up in northern Maine better

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from trapper vic wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

I love to hunt and fish but 18 of your top 20 are way too cold in the winter. Unless I can make 50 grand and hybernate 5 mo. out of the year!

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from sdedi wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Lake Worth, Florida??? Really? Have you not been there? What, just because they have a fishing pier? Give me a break! Lake Worth is a dump!!!

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from Bigbear2 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

What happen to those great Idaho towns that were in the top spots the last few years. I mean gez Pocatello goes from 5th to 35? and others drop real low. I want to move to Idaho so what gives..Are the wolves destroying fishing as well?

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from sdedi wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

The new format for the top 200 towns is severely lacking. Go back to the old format with some detail.

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from theonlyarcher wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Yeah, the hunting and fishing is great, but if you can't afford to live there, what's the sense? Moved to Lander, WY from back east a few years back because we heard such great things. It hasn't lived up to the hype - not even close.

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from BobGSR wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

Have read the article and the comments ....
I lived in NH for 12 years ..... only reason I left was the job market dropped thru the floor ..
the fishing and Hunting are great .... yes the winters are long and hard..... but they don't have a State Income tax or a State Sales tax......
and yet only a single city from NH made the list .... not sure who is selecting the cities and states, but they REALLY need to re-think this again before they publish another article ...

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from hunts2000 wrote 2 years 49 weeks ago

It would not have taken much more work to dig up current unemployment rates, which would show unemployment in Bend is 14.3% -- NOT 4.3%. Great place to live, but good luck finding a job.

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