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Jan-03-17, 
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"What is the best state for resident hunters?"

I currently live in California and will be moving out due to the state government. All my extended family is here so I want stay fairly close. My options are:

1. Oregon
2. Nevada
3. Arizona
4. Idaho
5. Utah

What is the best state for resident hunters? Deer is most important, Elk is a bonus.

Huge bucks is not important. I value overall deer population and their accessibility on public lands. Also, the states drawing system being preferable to residents and a fish and game department friendly to hunting.

Where would you all move to? Looking forward to your opinions.

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 RE: What is th...  N_Corey      Jan-03-17   1 
 RE: What is th...  bonecollect...      Jan-03-17   2 
 RE: What is th...  Soj51hopefu...      Jan-03-17   3 
  RE: What is th...  DW      Jan-03-17   4 
   RE: What is th...  Conrad8899      Jan-03-17   5 
 RE: What is th...  mulecreek      Jan-03-17   6 
  RE: What is th...  ICMDEER      Jan-03-17   8 
   RE: What is th...  HogBone      Jan-03-17   10 
    RE: What is th...  6x7      Jan-05-17   23 
 RE: What is th...  muleywhispe...      Jan-03-17   7 
  RE: What is th...  7      Jan-03-17   9 
   RE: What is th...  Wapitiwilly      Jan-03-17   11 
    RE: What is th...  notags2      Jan-03-17   12 
    RE: What is th...  idahohillboy      Jan-03-17   13 
     RE: What is th...  vaquero      Jan-04-17   21 
 RE: What is th...  Soj51hopefu...      Jan-03-17   14 
  RE: What is th...  bowhunt      Jan-03-17   15 
   RE: What is th...  mlg      Jan-03-17   16 
 RE: What is th...  PSEbackcoun...      Jan-04-17   17 
 RE: What is th...  BrowningRage      Jan-04-17   18 
  RE: What is th...  nontypical      Jan-04-17   19 
   RE: What is th...  HogBone      Jan-04-17   20 
    RE: What is th...  jm77      Jan-05-17   24 
 RE: What is th...  dillon      Jan-04-17   22 
  RE: What is th...  nontypical      Jan-07-17   25 
   RE: What is th...  tagsoup      Jan-07-17   26 
   RE: What is th...  deerfanatic      Jan-08-17   27 
    RE: What is th...  wildfin      Jan-08-17   28 
     RE: What is th...  Deer      Jan-08-17   29 
 RE: What is th...  YZF_88      Jan-08-17   30 
  RE: What is th...  Extrapale      Jan-08-17   31 

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N_Corey
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Jan-03-17, 
03:28 PM (MST)
1. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

In my opinion I'd cross Oregon off the list unless you mainly archery hunt. That state doesn't have much OTC opportunity for deer unless you want to hunt black tails and on the political side it's not much better than California.

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Jan-03-17, 
03:51 PM (MST)
2. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

Arizona is very friendly in regards to resident hunters. Some of your best elk, mule deer, antelope, coues deer, sheep hunting in the world is here. Your odds of drawing the best of the best tags are low but only 20% are guaranteed to top point holders so the other 80% are random and anyone can draw at any time. Lots of leftover coues tags every year that you can buy without burning points. Tons of OTC opportunities for deer, Turkey, javelina, bear, lion. Tons of public land to hunt.

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Soj51hopefull
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Jan-03-17, 
05:07 PM (MST)
3. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

Idaho

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DW
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Jan-03-17, 
05:09 PM (MST)
4. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

Wyoming

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Jan-03-17, 
06:01 PM (MST)
5. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

1 Wyoming... 2 Idaho

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Jan-03-17, 
06:08 PM (MST)
6. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

With those choices it is Idaho all the way

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Jan-03-17, 
06:13 PM (MST)
8. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

I live in Wyoming and it's the best. Sorry it is not on your list. Best place on earth.

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Jan-03-17, 
07:09 PM (MST)
10. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

A few others said Wyoming as well. Problem is a good job would be hard to come by and its getting too far away from all my family. If I do Idaho I could still be close to Wyoming but I won't get the resident benefits which I hear are amazing and you're basically screwed if you're a non resident.

I'm leaning towards Idaho I could get a job in Boise/Nampa pretty easy and be close to the Sawtooth.

I'd like to hear from some Nevadans, seems like all they shoot over there is big bucks.

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Jan-05-17, 
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23. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

>A few others said Wyoming as
>well. Problem is a good
>job would be hard to
>come by and its getting
>too far away from all
>my family. If I do
>Idaho I could still be
>close to Wyoming but I
>won't get the resident benefits
>which I hear are amazing
>and you're basically screwed if
>you're a non resident.
>
>I'm leaning towards Idaho I could
>get a job in Boise/Nampa
>pretty easy and be close
>to the Sawtooth.
>
>I'd like to hear from some
>Nevadans, seems like all they
>shoot over there is big
>bucks.

Not sure where you seen all these big bucks from Nevada ,what I see most bucks are well below average for mule deer.

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muleywhisperer
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Jan-03-17, 
06:12 PM (MST)
7. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

Although New Mexico isn't on your list I would never encourage anyone to move here, the hunting sucks! I would say Utah is the best one on that list.

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Jan-03-17, 
06:48 PM (MST)
9. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

I think Idaho since tags are easy to get and lots of public land.
7 Mag

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Jan-03-17, 
07:09 PM (MST)
11. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

Wyoming, wyoming, wyoming!!!!

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Jan-03-17, 
07:20 PM (MST)
12. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

I live in Utah and I wish like heck I lived in Wyoming just for the hunting. Wyoming is better than all on your list combined ! That's just my opinion but I hunt in Wyoming every chance I get !

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Jan-03-17, 
07:27 PM (MST)
13. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

Idaho used to be great until everyone found out about the OTC tags. Now it is like a out of state parking lot at the bottom of every mountain Sept through Nov. However I did enjoy AZ this weekend and there were not that many hunters out for the late archery deer. I love Idaho but the competition can be fierce and I spent my entire life there hunting until recently. Deer numbers in the unit I was in AZ were not even close to what Idaho holds typically.

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Jan-04-17, 
05:23 PM (MST)
21. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

>Idaho used to be great until
>everyone found out about the
>OTC tags. Now it
>is like a out of
>state parking lot at the
>bottom of every mountain Sept
>through Nov.

they dont even come close to selling out deer tags, 10 years ago they sold out long before the season started, not sure how true your claim

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Jan-03-17, 
10:12 PM (MST)
14. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

Nv has quality tags but you have to play the points game. No such thing as over the counter tags for big game except mountain lion. Resident or not you are not guaranteed to hunt there. It's a draw for everything.

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Jan-03-17, 
10:23 PM (MST)
15. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

Idaho and Wyoming are tied.
Great places, and plenty of opportunity, to not just hunt but to hunt nice animals every year.
I would call Colorado 3rd.

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Jan-03-17, 
11:16 PM (MST)
16. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

Wyoming

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Jan-04-17, 
07:43 AM (MST)
17. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

I grew up hunting black tails in the state of WA, moved to Utah 3 almost 4 years ago, worst mistake I've done, Wish I was in Wyoming. But your right, Jobs in Wyoming are hard to come by.

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Jan-04-17, 
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18. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

Strictly speaking, there are no OTC tags in Utah anymore... All units, whether limited entry or general season, are a draw. There are few hunts where tags are left over to purchase OTC. There are tags for elk, but general season elk hunting in Utah is over crowded with few elk actually taken and most are not mature.

Seems like Idaho would be a good option, or AZ. You will find better politics in both of those states compared to CA as well... Some large cities where jobs can be found, but plenty of rural areas as well...

If I had my druthers, I'd be in Wyoming with my cousins.

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Jan-04-17, 
01:49 PM (MST)
19. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

Wyoming is currently not accepting new residents.

Better hurry if you want to live and hunt here in Wyoming. The downward trend is accelerating...

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HogBone
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Jan-04-17, 
04:16 PM (MST)
20. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

Downward trend of what?

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Jan-05-17, 
11:39 AM (MST)
24. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

>Downward trend of what?

Trust me, nontypical knows what he's talking about!


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Jan-04-17, 
05:31 PM (MST)
22. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

Wyoming is the best for deer for now and elk is also good. Utah is toward the bottom of my list. The good units take two lifetimes to draw. I never drew a deer tag in Nevada in three years of living there and that includes archery tags on mediocre units. If you are just getting into the game I would look at states that don't play the bonus point game.

From you list, I would pick Idaho.

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Jan-07-17, 
12:34 PM (MST)
25. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

I'm referring to the downward trend of our deer, antelope, moose...did I leave anyone out? Numbers of all 3 of those are trending downward and have been for more than a few years here in western Wyoming. Check the regulations over the past 5-10 years and you'll see what I mean with all 3 of those species having drops in allocated tags.

Elk are also decreasing in the areas that have lake trout. OOPS!!! I meant wolves!

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Jan-07-17, 
08:41 PM (MST)
26. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

For the list I would choose ID.

"Go hunt for meat at Walmart."

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Jan-08-17, 
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27. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

Glad you mentioned the lake trout! If you have seen Hank Patterson's guide to surviving Yellowstone National Park...you will know how to survive the threat Lake Trout pose.

(Shaking head...mouthing nasty curse word"...Lake trout!")

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Jan-08-17, 
09:29 AM (MST)
28. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

california,you can hunt deer for 5 months,and you can take 2 bucks every year,dont forget the birds you wont get near the amount or quality on your list,you can hunt big game and doves all year.

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29. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

>california,you can hunt deer for 5
>months,and you can take 2
>bucks every year,dont forget the
>birds you wont get near
>the amount or quality on
>your list,you can hunt big
>game and doves all year.
>


+1

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Jan-08-17, 
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30. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

I picked Utah for the sake of a job opportunity but prefer to hunt in Idaho. Yeah, I'm one of those dang non-residents parked at their trail heads.

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Jan-08-17, 
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31. "RE: What is the best state for resident hunters?"

Nevada gets my vote. I love hunting there as a nonresident. There is no reason a resident couldn't deer hunt every year.

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