July 13th, 2014, 07:42 AM
July 13th, 2014, 09:30 AM
Touché my friend. Or make it it's own state. I despise Chicrapo. Totally ruins our whole state
Originally Posted by hooiserarcher
July 13th, 2014, 09:55 AM
First off what is your line of work or type of work your looking for? I use to hunt Illinois often, and before I was married with kids I thought maybe I would move out that way, then I called various Law Enforcement Agencies in the area asked about pay, benefits, pension, etc.? Damn they don't make nothing compared to what I was making as a young officer, benefits either sucked or didn't have any, pension none....Granted cheaper to live out there compared to my home state of NJ, but I had to look out for my future for when I'm old and drooling I love hunting as much as anyone but it cost money to hunt. In 7 yrs when I retire my wife and I will move out of NJ, and head down to North or South Carolina, kids will be out of the house by then
July 13th, 2014, 10:34 AM
IA ,or WI no doubt about it IN is way way over rated so is OHand IL, .Too many hunters bad regs and not enough deer in those 3 states .
July 13th, 2014, 10:37 AM
This in a nut shell best of two states .
Originally Posted by nvrgvup444
July 13th, 2014, 11:12 AM
I wish I could get my ol lady to move to the midwest. She's to attached to her family tho. I'm envious of you buddy.
July 13th, 2014, 11:16 AM
July 13th, 2014, 11:19 AM
I live in Ankeny IA, just north of Des Moines. Everything is nice here except the price of land. It's pretty much out of reach for most people when looking at 40+ acres. Unless you have $250k you are ready to invest. Leases are expensive but the only choice other than public land or finding someone to let you hunt their land. Then the risk of losing it to a lease. I've been looking for land (long term plan) and eyeing suburb of Kanas City. Land is way cheap, good hunting, nice safe area. So there are two recommendations. Central Iowa is growing fast and great for everything except owning land, Kansas May not be growing as fast but land is cheaper. Both hunt great. Good luck.
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July 13th, 2014, 11:28 AM
Not the Midwest !!!! Southeast .And only a one buck rule and bad seasons .
Originally Posted by Capttrae
July 13th, 2014, 11:49 AM
I would be a resident in NE Iowa and hunt that state and SW WI every year.
July 13th, 2014, 11:50 AM
He's right on the money, ^^^
Originally Posted by hoyttech13
MO has it all, only thing he left out is the upland bird hunting as well. Tons of well managed public land throughout the state.
July 13th, 2014, 11:53 AM
I Agree. Beautiful Bluff country, great hunting, lots of small country towns.
Originally Posted by alawrence
July 13th, 2014, 11:58 AM
If you want lots of snow and big bucks. North Central WI is your spot.
July 13th, 2014, 12:00 PM
I am currently working in Billings Montana and I have to say it is depressing here. I am shocked at the volume if what seems to be homeless people. I do like Red Lodge though...
July 13th, 2014, 12:15 PM
July 13th, 2014, 12:18 PM
I live in se mn love it I also work in western wis and se minn. Lots of oppertunity in this area. Plus the hunting is great.
July 13th, 2014, 01:49 PM
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July 13th, 2014, 03:35 PM
Along with the snow comes the cold. Last winter was miserable, many below zero days! We got hammered with an early blizzard in October. Just be sure you can handle 6 months of winter.Oct 2013 Boulder Rock Bench.jpg
July 13th, 2014, 04:21 PM
I just read an article that said Minneapolis, MN was rated the safest city in America. Lowest crime rate and some other factors.
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July 13th, 2014, 04:26 PM
I'm in NE and with NE your allowed two buck tags. Decent public hunting is far and few between for deer though but it can be had. IA if I recall I thought only allowed you one buck tag. Iowa has some nice public ground. I've hunted IA for waterfowl and pheasants before and wish their out of state deer tags weren't so expensive not to mention done by 'unit' for out of staters too.
SD Unsure of their deer hunting however they have a lottery for out of state waterfowl hunting and if your in state you can get one fairly easy and their pheasant hunting can be pretty nice too. (fun to get kids out and walk a field)
I would probably choose a location more towards your work and possibilities there and then the hunting aspect second. I'm not familiar with MO or KS but do know MO has some great areas and doesn't always get the snow like us here in NE. (they get ICE)
ND if I recall you can hunt land if it is not posted but you'll need to research that one. Good luck with your move if you decide to go to NE feel free to PM me I've been here my whole life.
July 13th, 2014, 04:40 PM
Southern and Central MN are nice. Plenty of deer in both and there are some real bruisers around if know where to look. And plenty of snow would not be your problem.
July 13th, 2014, 05:25 PM
Residents get two buck tags, 3 if you own land.
Originally Posted by thumpper
The Des Moines area in general is a great place to live work and raise kids. Hunting isn't bad within a hour drive. Waterfowl hunting is sub par at best.
July 13th, 2014, 05:50 PM
Yes, in ND if it isn't posted. It is open to hunting without asking.
Originally Posted by thumpper
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July 13th, 2014, 05:50 PM
western WI or Southwest MN. Eastern Missouri is a great area too. stay away from illinois at all costs. Unless of course Chicago becomes its own state then it will be clear.
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July 13th, 2014, 06:10 PM
I would say Missouri, Kansas or Indiana. You'll get great whitetails, some snow and they are all three great places to live. Coming from Alabama, you'll probably be in complete shock moving to a place like Mn, Wi, or Northern Iowa. Mo, In and Ks don't get frigid cold for extended periods and your wife will get her snow fix.
I'm bias but, I'd go with Missouri as it has it all as some of the previous posters have pointed out. Iowa and Illinois are extremely close depending on where you live in Mo if you just have to hunt them.