Other than WA.....

What state has the best combination of hunting and fishing?

  • WA

    Votes: 3 9.7%
  • OR

    Votes: 3 9.7%
  • IA

    Votes: 8 25.8%
  • MT

    Votes: 17 54.8%

  • Total voters
    31
#16
Idaho, Wyoming, New Mexico, Montana. I was born and raised here in Washingotn, then left for a number of years and back again for employment. In those years away from here, it changed... not for the better. Idaho is hard to beat for all-around activities. Aside from steelhead/salmon, Wyoming and New Mexico are outstanding choices, especially for retiring persons due to lower taxation.
 
#19
It has been some time since this post started but not much has changed here. I will say, aside from Steelhead, I am really liking Western Montana and Western Wyoming. From a fishing stand point, Oregon is up there too because of the Smallmouth and Steelhead fishing!
 

martyg

Active Member
#20
Actually, western WY is an option as well, just not as high on the list. For me, they lack Pike (I believe), but I have heard of some BIG Lake Trout to be caught on streamers at certain times of the year. Not a lot of Bass either! Hunters paradise though, including waterfowl!
Actually the Salmon / Steelhead fishing there is second to none as well. The Smallmouth fishing is just epic as well. Silver Bass and the occasional Rainbow and Brown on the Niagara during epic caddis and mayfly hatches that will choke you out. Just no upland birds... The Ruffed Grouse hunting was stellar when I grew up there, and the Pheasant was passable. All the upland has seemed to disappear now though. Deer and Turkey are still great though.
 
#21
South Dakota has billboards at the state line proclaiming "Welcome to South Dakota. We hunt what we eat. We eat what we hunt. Friends of furry animals not welcome here" People like that can't be all that bad. Too bad they don't have Steelhead.

Idaho has roadside signs saying game crossing. Not Bambie crossing like in some other states. I wouldn't doubt if road kill was legal in Idaho. And they have Steelhead. Idahoans have a pretty good track record of sorting through all the liberal B.S. & rejecting it, so they get points in my book for that.
 
#22
South Dakota has billboards at the state line proclaiming "Welcome to South Dakota. We hunt what we eat. We eat what we hunt. Friends of furry animals not welcome here" People like that can't be all that bad. Too bad they don't have Steelhead.

Idaho has roadside signs saying game crossing. Not Bambie crossing like in some other states. I wouldn't doubt if road kill was legal in Idaho. And they have Steelhead. Idahoans have a pretty good track record of sorting through all the liberal B.S. & rejecting it, so they get points in my book for that.
True, true!

I'm torn. Love Colorado, but too many people. Idaho is nice, Western WY is good but a bit isolated in terms of variety of fishing and Western MT is looking nice. Oregon is hard to beat too, except for the Cali's moving in, but that issue exists everywhere! I just love the Smallie fishing opportunity in OR, plus the Steelhead, oh and waterfowl hunting too!
 
#23
Washington... 102.60 inhabitants per square mile
Colorado... 49.33 inhabitants per square mile
Oregon... 40.33 inhabitants per square mile
Idaho... 19.15 inhabitants per square mile
Montana... 6.85 inhabitants per square mile
Wyoming... 5.85 inhabitants per square mile
Alaska... 1.26 inhabitants per square mile - least

New Jersey... 1,189.00 inhabitants per square mile - most
U.S. Average... 88.08 inhabitants per square mile

Kind of says it all.
 

ribka

Active Member
#24
It sure does


Washington... 102.60 inhabitants per square mile
Colorado... 49.33 inhabitants per square mile
Oregon... 40.33 inhabitants per square mile
Idaho... 19.15 inhabitants per square mile
Montana... 6.85 inhabitants per square mile
Wyoming... 5.85 inhabitants per square mile
Alaska... 1.26 inhabitants per square mile - least

New Jersey... 1,189.00 inhabitants per square mile - most
U.S. Average... 88.08 inhabitants per square mile

Kind of says it all.