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It is a metro area, what do you expect? With the increase of people comes the fringes of society. I live in two drastically different places. My ranch is fairly isolated with a two mile long driveway and I rarely see anyone besides my two neighbors. On the other hand I have an apartment now in downtown Denver. Of course it sucks compared to my real home, but I expected that. To think you are going to live in a large city/metro area and still have fantastic hunting and fishing away from everyone else within an hour or two is pretty naïve IMO. Urban sprawl has changed the way city life is as it decentralized the living areas and ate up the adjacent wild areas. In reality most hunting folk are not the norm in cities and are at odds with many city dwellers in a heck of a lot more areas than just Denver. We are a minority these days in the more populated places where there are more recreational activities to be had than just hunting.
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I've only been here for a few months, so my opinion has little value. I don't care much for the politics ...especially coming from South Carolina. But, I haven't seen this much wild game ever! Everyday I see blue quail, turkeys, whitetails, muleys and more waterfowl since college, hunting the eastern shore of Maryland.

I live in a tiny little town in the southern part of the state on the Arkansas River, mostly ranchers and very rural. Hell, the grocery store closes at 6:00pm, but the people have been warm and very friendly and training dogs here is a blast! So, for now at least, I think I'll stay.   :)

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I've only been here for a few months, so my opinion has little value. I don't care much for the politics ...especially coming from South Carolina. But, I haven't seen this much wild game ever! Everyday I see blue quail, turkeys, whitetails, muleys and more waterfowl since college, hunting the eastern shore of Maryland.

I live in a tiny little town in the southern part of the state on the Arkansas River, mostly ranchers and very rural. Hell, the grocery store closes at 6:00pm, but the people have been warm and very friendly and training dogs here is a blast! So, for now at least, I think I'll stay.   :)

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I live in a tiny little town in the southern part of the state on the Arkansas River, mostly ranchers and very rural. Hell, the grocery store closes at 6:00pm, but the people have been warm and very friendly and training dogs here is a blast! So, for now at least, I think I'll stay.   :)

Just a word of caution though.

The contingency I have been speaking of are known to come down to your area occasionally for Field Trips :p

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The contingency I have been speaking of are known to come down to your area occasionally for Field Trips  

Maybe they'll bring a doobie ...never trained with a buzz on!  :D

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greypartridge

The contingency I have been speaking of are known to come down to your area occasionally for Field Trips  

Maybe they'll bring a doobie ...never trained with a buzz on!  :D

That would actually be an advantage if they did that :p  

I have no issues about that except how easy it is for very young kids to get the really strong strains of weed. Can not be good for their development.

The group I am concerned about may be looking for some "Rare Species of Spider" or a 'Rare Field Rat" .... something more like that ..... that can shut the area completely down of any human activity :O  

Are you getting some good moisture? We actually had dirty  snow up here on the front range in recent snows. It is dust/dirt pulled off of dry grounds and moved several hundred miles in the storms and redeposited along with the snow...never have seen that before.

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Dave Medema

I was born and raised in Colorado and get back as much as possible.  While the front range is crowded, I can find my own space incredibly easily and can't wait to get back.  

I have albums full of incredible pics and great memories and will add more in the future.  

No worries here.

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 I completely hear what you are saying, because I often lament the same thing happening where I live...the only issue is that that's happening virtually EVERYWHERE that I'd ever care to live.  What with high speed Internet and states investing in better rural access to services as an economic driver, it's getting increasingly difficult to find ANYWHERE that retains much of the character and spirit they had 20+ years ago, and it's now even possible for someone to live there and make a decent living in many cases...makes it hard to get off the beaten track!

Yep.

I've never lived in any town for an extended period of time but there is one small one that I would consider. It is the kind of place where you're likely to see an overly pierced oyster shucker civilly discussing the problems of the world with an Orvis clad yacht captain. OK, I'll admit that the environmentalists and commercial net fishermen may never bond but smashed lips are far better than drive by shootings!

So far the place has managed to hold on to it's roots but I fear that may be changing. Last year Sports Illustrated did some of it's Swimsuit Edition filming there, and last month's Field & Stream featured it as the place to go for redfish. I really hope they don't add that 3rd traffic light.

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Are you getting some good moisture?

These late April storms are helping with the snow pack ...didn't even know what a snow pack was a few months ago.  :D

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Fireside/kbd, that's completely true in some cases, but it also depends on what you do for a living and exactly what you're looking for. I could only live in a few places in the country doing what I do for a living.  And, as an avid skier and climber, I couldnt live in Kansas as an example, without giving up something thats very important to me.  Since I'm not really qualified to do anything else, and I dont want to make major lifestyle changes, it could get hard to even live in a lot of places frugally!  :p. I'm referring to the places where there is a convergence of attitude/politics, elbow room and outdoor activities, and economic opportunity for a broad spectrum of higher-paying jobs.  That convergence is the reason I'm referring to, and I would say it's harder to find than I'd like.  There a plenty of places that have one or two of those attributes, but without the third--whichever one that happens to be--they are relegated to "nice places to visit".

I don't think it's just random chance that the membership of this board tends to be clustered in New England, the Lakes States, and the West Coast.  There just aren't that many places in the country where job opportunities for large numbers of people, public land, and wild birds overlap.

Sometime it might be an interesting exercise to draw on the collective knowledge of the board to create an exhaustive list of population centers with, say, >50,000 people that are within an hour of wild bird hunting on public land.  It wouldn't surprise me to discover that the list doesn't fill two pages.  Once a person started crossing out places due to cultural and personal mismatches, the list could get short in a hurry.

Of course, if a guy could bring his own work and his spouse (if he has one) could do the same, then the game would change entirely.  I don't know what percentage of the population would fall into the category of being totally mobile without making any income or career sacrifices, but I'd bet it's somewhere between small and miniscule.

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Everywhere is getting crowded, not just Colorado.  I go back home to visit friends in Los Angeles, and what was once an unbelievably crowded place, is now even more crowded.  I go out to the desert on an old 4WD mining road where I used to not see a person for two days, and now I see 2 or 3 people in one day.

In the end, it is all relative and a matter of personal taste.  You come to the Front Range from New York or Washington, DC, and it feels wide open; you come to the same place from northern Montana, and it feels like a huge crush of people.  

If you are mobile, then you can live away from the crowds and hunt birds off your back porch.  If you have to have a certain type of job, then your options are much more limited, and you may feel lucky to live within 4 hours of just okay bird hunting.

For me, Denver is probably the best possible compromise between finding employment in my highly specialised field of work, and having access to weekend hunting.  When I retire and am no longer tied to a big city for an income, I will be moving far away from any major population center.  Until then, Denver is the best option for me and my situation.

JMHO

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ramlinwillie

This is all Colorado hunting except for one hunt in Nebraska, all on Public land or Walk-in. I tried to post it back then, but it was too long for Youtube then and just found it up so I thought nows a good time to show it.

Season 2009

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Probably the only reason that I was able to move out here from Georgia, I was able to bring my job with me. Wages are definitely better back there.
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Dave Medema

When I visit CO, I stop in Denver to say Hi to my parents and then head up to our place in the mountains.  Within 50 miles, I think we have 4, maybe 5 stoplights.  Here are a few of the places within 20 minutes:

A secret stash of pillows

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Me dropping in...

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20 minutes up a trail...

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Fishing hole....

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Knee deep...

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