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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by ConcreteJungle, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. ConcreteJungle

    ConcreteJungle Eugene Well-Known Member

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    it looks like i'll be moving to Montana in the next 90 days. the deal is 90% done, i get the final word in the next 2 weeks if it's happening or not.
    I've visited Missoula MT once before but don't much about it, it was a quick business trip.
    I don't know much about the state other than the historical things like Yellowstone and Little BigHorn.
    Will more than likely be moving to the Billings area.

    Can anyone chime in and tell me it's not such a bad idea. :D
     
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  2. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    I shoot rodents there a lot.

    One thing is the winters.
    Here there cold. In Montana there trying to kill you!
    Every spring I see dead animals everywhere. :s0002:
     
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  3. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    One of my 2-3 good friends in life, (BFF?:rolleyes:) moved to the Billings area 25yrs ago to raise his kids! They have thrived!
    Pros: as a machinist he has always had work, with decent pay. The whole family harvests game with ridiculous ease. Varmint hunting and fishing abound! They like it!
    Cons: meth-heads abound! Rural and city crime is as bad as the Portland-Vancouver area! Medical facilities were few but that is much better these days. Snow and cold! He has a quarter mile drive way to the plowed county rd. even with professional level equipment it's the Bain of his existence!
     
  4. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Do you have a choice where you go? I'd rather be on the west side of the state in the Rockies than on the east side of the state with the flat boring nothing.

    I would not move back for any reason. But if I was forced I'd go to Bozeman. Yeah there are a lot of rich celebrities that move there but it is within close drive to the mountains and yellow stone.
    Shot in the mountains above Bozeman. about a 20 minute drive from where I used to live
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    Great falls is flat and casinos and a burnt out airforce base. +1-2 hours to mountains and skiing
    flat nothing:
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    Butte is a giant hole in the ground filled with toxic waste (literally as big as the town)
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    Billings is the largest but nothing to write home about. Ive only been there a few times and I remember the sky bridge connecting two buildings downtown was the main attraction :)

    Kalispell would be decent, right on flathead lake and close to glacier
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  5. ConcreteJungle

    ConcreteJungle Eugene Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking forward to attempting to hunt out there and possibly get out and explore some offroad tracks. I'm still researching the city and have noticed some parts are a little sketchy so i'm making notes of it.
     
  6. ConcreteJungle

    ConcreteJungle Eugene Well-Known Member

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    why won't you move back? bad experience?

    i was trying to stay somewhat central in the state so i can get to all around the state with ease.
    my job consists of a lot of driving all over the state with a few visits to Western Dakotas and Norther Wyoming.

    The wife and i like Bozeman a LOT but i was afraid it was a little too far West.
     
  7. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    age 2 until 21 was enough for me. Just nothing to do unless you like the outdoors. I'd rather be in Bozeman and drive than be in billings or great falls and live in a whole lot of nothing.

    Speed limit is still 80 mph in Montana (too bad they got rid of unlimited). So Bozeman to North Dakota is 5 hours
     
  8. ConcreteJungle

    ConcreteJungle Eugene Well-Known Member

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    didn't know the speed was so high. it'll definitely make it easier on my drives.
    been reading up on the gun laws and the hunting regs.
     
  9. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    The speed limit used to be "reasonable and prudent" Now is 80. You can guess why
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    prior to that a speeding ticket was something like $5 or $10. You just went as fast as you want and give the cop a $5 bill and off you went.
     
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  10. ConcreteJungle

    ConcreteJungle Eugene Well-Known Member

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    i do believe i've finally pissed the wife off...
    we've been looking at homes in MT. while she looks at the house in the middle of towns, i keep circling back to a house on a 22 acre lot about 15 miles outside of the nearest town. she asked if i was planning on building a big fence around the house to keep the animals out.
    my answer was..."well sweetheart, the main predators there are bear, cougars, wolves and they can all either get over or through a fence so what's the point". she got up at the point and said she's going to bed. :cool:
     
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  11. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I move here to a little town,otherwise I was going to get property out of town.
    And in a few years I may sell and get a place out of town.
    But I couldn't imagine moving here or Montana and living in a big city. Gives you something to look forward to,going to town when needed. But I can't even make it to Missoula cause I hate traffic. I make it to Hamilton and that's good enough.
    But if you find a place just out side of town,you are still fairly close to services and the great outdoors.Plenty of quaint little towns out in thee parts to look at also.
    Good luck with your new adventure
     
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    ConcreteJungle Eugene Well-Known Member

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    That's kind of what i'm looking for...something just outside of down but still get city water/sewer/gas. Don't want to deal with septic tanks/wells/propane tanks/etc.
    Plus it would be awesome if i could have 10-20 acres to ride my toys around on. :D
    What's really weird is that i spent most of my time growing up in Los Angeles but have always wanted a house with some land and a workshop. I'm a bit country at heart.
     
  13. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Really none of the things you mentioned are much of a problem.You just write it in the sale to make sure the well and septic are in tip top shape and if you use propane the propane company takes care of that.
    Septics shouldn't be any problem and if they are you don't buy the place.High water table or flooding would make that bad and then,again,you don't want those problems.
    As far as water and wells,you should be able to find some survey of the region and tell if the aquifers are holding up. Once you have a good well there should be but a little maintenance over the years
    Just saying,don't turn down a good property because of those details.You just put it in the sale or budget for it when you buy
    I made the loop from here to Dillon to Butte to Missoula and love most every bit of that country....away from I-90 that is
     
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    Mongo1 Santiam Canyon Active Member

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    . Missoula and Kalispell. I like both but Kalispell and Flathead Lake would be my choice.
     
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    ConcreteJungle Eugene Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info. Looks like i'll have to do a lot of reading to be in the know on the septic tanks and the wells.
     
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    ConcreteJungle Eugene Well-Known Member

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    i can deal with a lot of that stuff...except for the crazy snow packed driveways. SMH
    looks like i'll have to seriously consider snow equipment.
     
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    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Yeah,darn you'll have to buy another truck to put a plow on or buy a quad with a plow.
    And they sell snow blowers down here and they get more snow up north. Just another thing to put into the price of a house.
    Who knows,maybe you can find a house that someone is selling to move to the sun and they'll leave the snow equipment with the house
     
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    ConcreteJungle Eugene Well-Known Member

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    First I need to figure out our living situation.
    IN CITY / TOWN...if we end up in one of the cities/town and just a 30-40 foot driveway...a shovel or small snowblower should do. <crossing fingers>
    OUT OF TOWN ...if we end up out of town with a long driveway, i have 4 options i've considered...1) buy an ATV or SxS like a Honda Pioneer w/ snow plow 2.) buy an extra truck and mount a plow to it 3) pay someone to plow my driveway as needed. 4) use Tannerite to move the snow first thing in the AM. :D
    i considered mounting a plow to my truck but then i'll have to deal with taking it off and putting it back on all the time as the truck is used by my wife as a daily driver.


    i like the out of town living because it gives me an excuse to buy a new toy. but then again...i'll have to get up extra early and deal with it.
     
  19. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    And 4x4 tractor, a snow blower and a snowmobile are standard fixtures up in the cold & snow..... oh and good coldweather gear, if your stranded will save your life!!!
     
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  20. ConcreteJungle

    ConcreteJungle Eugene Well-Known Member

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    a snow blower is on the shopping list and i still have snowboarding gear i can use like my base layers and jackets. if we end up with some acres...i'm definitely investing in an ATV of some sort.
    the snowmobile is on hold since we're not making a permanent home up there.
     
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