I Really Appreciate All the Advise and Locations ... Alot if not All of these Post where Very Thought Out and Means Alot to me Thank You To All... It is going to be awhile before I can Retire also. Just triing to do some early research... And YES with Some of the New and Future New Gun Laws. I want to leave my Options open. I live here In Upstate NY and we just got Wake with some really Crazy Laws..... I was Born and raised in the sticks. If we weren't in the Woods. We where on the Water Fishing.... I just love the outdoors always wished I could of made a living at it. But there was never any insurance packages or retirement. Thank's Again To Everyone....
We'd be happy to have you in Texas as long as you don't come here and start voting for the same kinds of politicians that create the mess that you're looking to get away from in NY. :)
Where I call home is around the Lufkin/Nacogdoches area. The cost of living is low, land is reasonably priced and thank goodness for timber & ag exemptions on property. From Lufkin you're within an hour (20m from 1) of 2 of the largest lakes in the state and 1:45 from fishing saltwater. The hunting isn't too bad, plenty of deer & a nonstop battle with hogs. Most of it is done on private land, but finding a decent lease to hunt with an MLD season running from Oct-Feb isn't a hard find. You get to shoot off permits instead of your tags and go use your tags elsewhere. If not wanting a lease and want to only hunt public land, there's a total of about 735,000 acres of heavily wooded national forest within a short drive. The area is also super conservative and pretty much a Bible Belt. I'll admit the weather is iffy because of the humidity, the summers feel like you're in a pressure cooker and the winters are usually mild.
Forbes recently ranked the top 10 states to retire in based on cost of living and tax relief. The top three were Alaska, Nevada, and Wyoming. All three are retirement friendly and offer exceptional outdoor recreation for the hunter and fishermen.
They say great minds think alike, NYAMM! We're both thinking about retirement, not sure what that says about us. ;)
This country is going to hades in a basket. The parts that used to be ok, are now crap and the good parts are at risk of becoming bad.
I am six months from retiring from the military and am scared to death, we want to move to back to Alaska, back to Montana or back to Wyoming.
The problem with retiring some place like Utah or Arizona where life is based on preference points is that you may never get to hunt, unless you buy land owner tags, or have a Texas deer lease.
As much as a lot of Texans rub me the wrong way, landowners get to manage wildlife the way they see fit. And that's a pretty nice option if you have the means to aquire 100 acres or more.
Does anyone have any insight on maybe Kentucky, West Virginia, or Missouri? As Retirement States...