Slidellduckhunter wrote:A quick comeback, I'll let some of the natives reply in detail as they are more qualified. I am replying as I arrived in Idaho (Boise) 6 1/2 years ago after living in Costa Mesa, CA for the previous 10 years and I have yet to have a second's regret, in fact I jumped at the chance of a job transfer to get out of So Cal. I had lived in New Mexico eons ago for 9 years and loved it and Idaho gave me all of the same feelings as New Mexico did - the biggest factor is 4 distinct seasons of the year. You can get rural here quickly and it is an outdoor paradise (unless you snorkel). Boise is the largest city in the state and the only one over 200,000 population (about 205,000) and it is the only city over 100,000 population. My wife is from Xiamen, China, considered a small city at 3.5 million which is about twice of the entire population of Idaho. [And by the way she loves living in Idaho]. You've said all the right things and this state is definitely the right color for you (as it is for most of us). As for duck hunting look at some of the pics shown on this forum and that should convince you.
montana quackhead wrote:Montana is full..i hear North Dakota is nice.
paco76 wrote:I am ashamed of my fellow Idahoans who suggest you move here. The state has changed a great deal in the past ten years. Those of you who are inviting others in are making it worse.
I guess that depends on what you consider "progression". If progression is people moving here from California to escape and then turning around and trying to impose the same kind of liberal, "forward-thinking" non-free market, let the govt tell you what to do Kind of thinking,then you can keep your progression. I like it just the way it is.
And it's not just limited to people in town either, I watched several farms get bought by California farmers in my neck of the woods and the very first thing they did was rent a bulldozer and take down every single fence row and ditch line that had any brush or shrub or tree or cover. Which consequently evicted every single quail, pheasant, and critter from the area. You see, in California if you have a tree on your fence line you're a dirty farmer and who cares about the animals. It's not about getting one more row of corn, it's about how your farm looks with trees, I mean weeds.
So, while the person that started this post seems to come from a good place where they want to escape for the right reasons, many of your "progressive" ideas are just the exact same thing that many of us are trying to prevent.
The minute Boise passed the smoking ban signaled to us that we need to find somewhere ELSE to escape to since Idaho is now headed downhill. And it's not just people in Boise either. There are many other examples of "progression" that are found in places like Cali that you can keep.
HaydenHunter wrote:You guys are lumping all Californians into one generalized group. But you know that's not how it is. When I moved here from California in the 90s I was welcomed by Panhandle locals who told me "just don't turn this into what you left and we will be ok with you moving here." I left California behind for a reason and have been happy to comply with their request.
You are being overly simplistic if you think that no change or progress would be good for any area. I am all for retaining old time values and living the simple life. But this state would likely be in the economic doldrums without having life breathed into it by businesses and people immigrating to Idaho. The days of logging, mining and farming running the economic engine of this state are long gone. Sad that this is the case, but true. You can't turn back the clock.
Look at our rural communities in the state, using Valley County as an example. STRUGGLING TO SAY THE LEAST. Why? A lack of corporately business minded people and jobs. Compare that to the Treasure Valley, as much as you country dwellers hate us. This valley is one of the top places to live and fastest growing communities in the country. Which doesn't always benefit us in the outdoors, I understand, but it does provide us with jobs so that we are financially able to enjoy our hobby of choice. Tamarack Resort is a perfect example. If it succeeds, against most of you country folks' wishes, it will the best thing that has happened to Valley County, probably ever.