Who's Ditched The East Coast For Montana, Idaho, WY, ND or SD?

Monk Medic

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My first time posting here, so please excuse any protocol breach or violation.

Anyone ditched the east coast for the states of MT, ID, WY, ND or SD?

Probably an odd question to ask right off, but as I see the political winds drifting in my current home state of Maine, influenced/infected by the migration of those from states who have already given up their liberty, i.e. Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, I can't help but ponder a move west in the future. Spent 3 weeks out in eastern WA, Idaho, Montana, and WY for my honeymoon in 2015, and left with a distinct appreciation for the wide open spaces, the big sky, the lack of concentrated liberal bastions, love for the people, and frankly awesome terrain for scoped rifle work. I'm a business guy, and also work in emergency medicine, so think gameful employment, a real concern when moving these days, should be gtg.

Not to be a political partisan, I'm just a liberty loving Jeffersonian Republican, and see that we are one election away from a potential loss of liberty.
Toss in the extension of the government welfare state to assure loyal voters, and I'm pretty sure I don't want to stick around and see the result.
I hope I am wrong, have spent the last 2 decades building a life and business here, but I'd like to hear from my bothers (and sisters) out west, and what they observed, or found.

If you've moved and like it, would enjoy hearing why, the corollary is also true, if you're seeing the same shift out there, may be I should stay here and fight the good fight.

Appreciate your feedback and thoughts.

- Monk
 

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Welcome to the Hide. Born and raised in Iowa and have lived here the majority of my adult life. Our weather sucks enough that it keeps out most of the riffraff. Still pockets in the larger cities though of the left. Find yourself in the rural counties and if you’re squared away you’ll get along just fine with nearly all the folks.
 

mheimer_45

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Ehhh I don’t know about Montana either. My mother lives there. 5 years ago she bought a 60k house. Now it’s appraised at over 120k. The Californians have moved in horrible and buying everything up at over cost. She lives in the bitterroot valley. Gorgeous place as long as it’s not tourist season. She moved there from great falls. Not near as many tourist but flat and not much to see on the plains. I’ve got a picture she sent me from the dmv that shows where people have moved from to Montana. If you would like to see it pm your number.
 
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I moved my family from california to the dakotas in 2010, and we couldn't be happier. There is no shortage of good people and places. It would also be pretty easy for you because nobody hates maine, so they won't automatically hate you. Most of the bigger cities still lean hard left, sometimes extremely. At the end of the day it is a better place to raise my children, and that's what matters to me. FYI, I did not try to bring california with me like the yuppies that moved to western montana.
 

pmclaine

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A dream of mine.

Not so much as an escape ( though I do feel out of place) but a means to stretch a fixed income and perhaps turn a bloated real estate investment in the east into a homestead with enough real estate for an on property shooting range
 
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Monk Medic

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Clear WA off of your list as Seattle/Olympia is busy F’n things up for the good guys on the east side. Add Arizona for a little southwest flavor and strong 2A state.
Yea, WA has the same issue as upstate New York, large metro areas, which vote liberal, that ruin it for the rest of the state.
Liberal problems flowing into areas that aren't afflicted.
It's tough. That's what I want to avoid when considering a new location, looking for a state with no major urban centers than can overthrow the will of the people in the rest of the state.
 
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Monk Medic

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Ehhh I don’t know about Montana either. My mother lives there. 5 years ago she bought a 60k house. Now it’s appraised at over 120k. The Californians have moved in horrible and buying everything up at over cost. She lives in the bitterroot valley. Gorgeous place as long as it’s not tourist season. She moved there from great falls. Not near as many tourist but flat and not much to see on the plains. I’ve got a picture she sent me from the dmv that shows where people have moved from to Montana. If you would like to see it pm your number.
Now that's depressing, same thing that happened to coastal Maine, its like locusts, only ours are from Boston.

I'd love to see that list, can you PM it here?
 

Monk Medic

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I moved my family from california to the dakotas in 2010, and we couldn't be happier. There is no shortage of good people and places. It would also be pretty easy for you because nobody hates maine, so they won't automatically hate you. Most of the bigger cities still lean hard left, sometimes extremely. At the end of the day it is a better place to raise my children, and that's what matters to me. FYI, I did not try to bring california with me like the yuppies that moved to western montana.
Thanks for the encouraging words, sounds what I am looking for.
I did see some of that when I visited Bozeman, a little too built up for my taste.
Even Kallispell seemed to be on a development roll.
I've seen enough big box stores and strip malls to last me a lifetime.

I'm much more a rural, small town guy.
I grew up in an area that had more dairy cows than people, and I liked it that way.
Had a general store, local AM radio station, small in town doc, and everyone waved to each other at stop signs.
Not quite an off grid type, but close. God, Family and Country, in that order.

I'd love to hear more about the Dakotas, if you have a chance, you're welcome to message me.

Thanks much!
 

Xander3Zero

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Funny how these threads pop up... I too am also considering a move into the western area of the country... Have lived in RI my whole life and its really starting to suck the life out of me. Weather is so unpredictable, winters seems to get longer and longer, and then when the weather finally gets nice the tourists come rushing in.

I have been looking at places like Tucson/Phoenix and possibly Utah or Colorado. I am a mechanical engineer supporting the DoD so I would prefer to move to an area that has an abundance of engineering/tech jobs available, which makes AZ a prime choice. Also thinking that constant warm weather could be good for me!

Sorry for the thread jack OP, hope you find the place you are looking for!
 

Monk Medic

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No worries brother, I suspect that many like liberty minded folks are thinking about the very same thing. Good to see that I’m not alone in my concerns.



Funny how these threads pop up... I too am also considering a move into the western area of the country... Have lived in RI my whole life and its really starting to suck the life out of me. Weather is so unpredictable, winters seems to get longer and longer, and then when the weather finally gets nice the tourists come rushing in.

I have been looking at places like Tucson/Phoenix and possibly Utah or Colorado. I am a mechanical engineer supporting the DoD so I would prefer to move to an area that has an abundance of engineering/tech jobs available, which makes AZ a prime choice. Also thinking that constant warm weather could be good for me!

Sorry for the thread jack OP, hope you find the place you are looking for!
 
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Clear WA off of your list as Seattle/Olympia is busy F’n things up for the good guys on the east side.
This is true. I moved to Spokane in '99 when my dad got stationed at Faifchild. I have watched the east side (including parts of Idaho) explode in population. Lots or people moving from California where it has gotten too expensive. Then there are the lawmakers of the west side that attempt to make very stupid laws.

Im starting to go crazy. The end goal is to buy dome property and move out of the city. But that yakes time, and ai just finished paying back my student loans.
 

1J04

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I'd just like to say Washington was "NEVER" in the equation. Ever.

Montana, Idaho, WY, ND or SD

Get it? It's a terrible, wet, desolate place with nothing to do.

Those of us enjoying our little piece of Heaven are just fine and not losing sleep over any of our City idiots like we ALL suffer. If anything ever changed to the point I can't enjoy my life the way I see fit I'll simply leave, but not before doing everything in my power to keep my norm the norm.

Washington Sucks.

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Arc Light

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I grew up in Northern Virginia in the 1980's and 90's. It was solidly conservative during that time. But, by the late 90's I could see it was going to become another liberal shit hole. And man was I right. I gave up a solid paying job and moved with my wife to NW Montana 8 years ago. I don't regret it for a second. I wouldn't return to any state on the East Coast above North Carolina if you paid me. Now what the guy said above has some truth regarding MT. Assholes from California and their disgusting ideology have moved in in droves. Property values have increased (which is good for those of us that bought years ago). The state has a piece of shit Democrat for governor and a scumbag Democrat senator (John Tester). The state is not as solidly conservative as you might think. There are pockets of liberalism as bad and in many other states. But overall, it is 1000X better than living in Virginia with the traffic, illegals, insane housing prices, liberal assholes, etc. And most importantly, I can target shoot from my back yard and no one gives a shit.
 

isofahunter

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The problem with most people that flee what they consider S.H. areas to be free is they bring parts of the S.H. with them. I grew up in Wyoming and saw it over and over again. We need a dog catcher because we cannot have dogs rooming around. Now that we caught the dog we need a place to keep it and adopt it out. They fail to realize we never had a dog problem because problem dogs got shot and no one said a word.

Wyoming, Texas, NJ, Texas working on getting back to Wyoming.
 
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Born and raised mostly here in North Dakota. It can be a great place, but ad stated before many of the larger towns are being over run with liberal faggot. Currently living in Fargo and it honestly isn't bad. Rest of my family lives in the center of the state around Bismarck area. The only bad part has to be around the oil fields and around a few of the reservation. You get those rats off the reservation a d they typically cause nothing but problems.

All in all it really isn't to bad around here. Lots of jobs and lots of new construction as well around many towns
 
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The problem with most people that flee what they consider S.H. areas to be free is they bring parts of the S.H. with them. I grew up in Wyoming and saw it over and over again. We need a dog catcher because we cannot have dogs rooming around. Now that we caught the dog we need a place to keep it and adopt it out. They fail to realize we never had a dog problem because problem dogs got shot and no one said a word.

Wyoming, Texas, NJ, Texas working on getting back to Wyoming.
Ranch rules still apply....SS&S🤙
 
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Born and raised mostly here in North Dakota. It can be a great place, but ad stated before many of the larger towns are being over run with liberal faggot. Currently living in Fargo and it honestly isn't bad. Rest of my family lives in the center of the state around Bismarck area. The only bad part has to be around the oil fields and around a few of the reservation. You get those rats off the reservation a d they typically cause nothing but problems.

All in all it really isn't to bad around here. Lots of jobs and lots of new construction as well around many towns
Love ND for about a week in the end of October!😎 SD, not so much.....
 

Bender

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Casper is really best of everything. Lots of river access, mountains, big enough city, small town feel, and millions of acres of prime public BLM land for shooting.
 

el-wood

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Alright ill be the one to say it.....Please move to WA. We could use the the help in trying to vote out the liberal shithead incumbents we have. Ive grown up in Seattle proper since 1981 when i was five years old and am tired of watching it slowly slip away from what it used to be. Regardless of what anyone says....i love this place and dont mind arguing with liberal idiots and trying to persuade people to understand that guns are awesome and not the devil they might think they are.

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I just took this pic yesterday on Alki while hanging with one of my gun loving buddies.
 
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Casper is really best of everything. Lots of river access, mountains, big enough city, small town feel, and millions of acres of prime public BLM land for shooting.
Didn’t know what a gun range or bait pole was till I moved to Az😎 Hang your hat in Casper? Bout as close as I got was cattle we kept in Rawlins and your damn right about Jackson. I couldn’t afford the hubcaps on the vehicles there.🤙
 
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Alright ill be the one to say it.....Please move to WA. We could use the the help in trying to vote out the liberal shithead incumbents we have. Ive grown up in Seattle proper since 1981 when i was five years old and am tired of watching it slowly slip away from what it used to be. Regardless of what anyone says....i love this place and dont mind arguing with liberal idiots and trying to persuade people to understand that guns are awesome and not the devil they might think they are.

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I just took this pic yesterday on Alki while hanging with one of my gun loving buddies.
Met and married my wife in Bellevue. She grew up on Mercer Island. Classic Beauty and the red neck😂 putting my son back on a plane home to Seattle in the morning. Gods country........when it’s not raining😉
 

Bender

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Didn’t know what a gun range or bait pole was till I moved to Az😎 Hang your hat in Casper? Bout as close as I got was cattle we kept in Rawlins and your damn right about Jackson. I couldn’t afford the hubcaps on the vehicles there.🤙
I live in Cheyenne, about the same size. But no mountains. No river. No public land. One private range with steel out to 900. Work has been good to me...... or I would move to Casper yesterday......
 
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I live in Cheyenne, about the same size. But no mountains. No river. No public land. One private range with steel out to 900. Work has been good to me...... or I would move to Casper yesterday......
That would suck, but at least you have 900 and live in a rockstar 2A state with reasonable access to everything!🤙
 
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I live in Cheyenne, about the same size. But no mountains. No river. No public land. One private range with steel out to 900. Work has been good to me...... or I would move to Casper yesterday......
How are land prices around Cheyenne? Easy to get a decent sized plot outside of town? Cheyenne is on my "possibles" list for the future.
 
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I live in Cheyenne, about the same size. But no mountains. No river. No public land. One private range with steel out to 900. Work has been good to me...... or I would move to Casper yesterday......

The range in Cheyenne actually goes out to 1027 yards. I helped stake and range where the new berms are now. It skips 900 because of the landscape.

OP, Cheyenne is too windy, has short summers, too many people, and is too close to Colorado. You don't want to live here.
 

TripleBull

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I live in Cheyenne, about the same size. But no mountains. No river. No public land.
At least Ma Nature makes up for it by giving you plenty of wind to learn to dope.

I live in CO and drive up your way to shoot. Then go home and wash that fine clay mud out of my eyes.

Is your Hide handle about what the WY wind does to trees?
 
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TripleBull

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So I was reading this thread when my play list on random pops up this:


And I'm sitting there thinking back to when that song was new and I was wondering how a gay dude from England wrote a song about rednecks in Texas were talking about beating a faggot's ass. This world will never see anything like the 70's again. The other day, a punk at work tried to insult me by calling me a redneck so I laughed and thanked him for the compliment. Lucky for him I was in a good mood at the time. He was very confused but I think he experiences that often.

Sorry for the interruption, seemed to fit into this thread and the way the country has morphed. Time to go rename Wyoming as 2Amend.
 

168BTHPM

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I moved back west to NV about a year and a half ago, I am about 30 minutes east of Reno. I moved from VA north of where Tucker is. I grew up in Montana and still have family and friends there. If I had a choice I would go back to MT but stay away from Missoula, Bozeman, or Billings. If you live near Butte you better know how to box or run really fast. The Great Falls area is not too bad, but I prefer the smaller towns closer to the mountains. In WY Casper and Cody are good areas, I personally would stay away from Cheyenne.
 
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Anyone in the Mountain states looking for MN farm boy and his family of seven to pull up roots on the 105 year old family farm and move to God's country? If I could find some ag land to farm out there mine in MN would go on the market yesterday.
 
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SLG

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We moved to MT from the NE. What the guys above say is true, but really only for the western half of the state and Bozeman. The NE part is awesome, and all the stuff that keeps people away from there is the main reason it is awesome. We think the prairie is beautiful, the hunting is amazing, the LR shooting is effortless. Not for everyone, as evidenced by the population density in the west, compared to the east.
 
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We moved to MT from the NE. What the guys above say is true, but really only for the western half of the state and Bozeman. The NE part is awesome, and all the stuff that keeps people away from there is the main reason it is awesome. We think the prairie is beautiful, the hunting is amazing, the LR shooting is effortless. Not for everyone, as evidenced by the population density in the west, compared to the east.
How is the pheasant population now days?