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Post #1  Post subject: Yankee from Pennsylvania...
PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:25 pm 
Hi all, just found this forum because I'm in the early stages of researching where I'd like to spend my retirement years. I've spent 30 as a game warden in PA and think I'd like to have a seasonal or full-time home somewhere that doesn't involve sub-zero temperature constantly in the winter months. :roll:

Although I love to hunt, primarily spring turkey, archery and flintlock for deer and game birds (grouse around home), I'm more interested in quality fishing and quality of life in my retirement years. Presently I'm looking at Baxter County near Norfork, but as I've said, I'm still very early in the research stage and could be dissuaded for sure.

Just hope to prowl around a bit and find out what I could expect from the local area. By way of background, I presently live in a very rural area (my county has a population of 17,000 and is likely bigger than Baxter County, AR), I'm conservative politically and by nature and tend to be a bit of an introvert, though I'm not shy or backwards for sure. I have a wife and two sons, the wife tends to be like me politically and while she likes fishing, I think she'd be more interested in nice weather and nice amenities in whatever spot that we choose (the sons are mostly grown up at 19 and 22). Thanks for letting me join and learn a few things.

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Post #2  Post subject: Re: Yankee from Pennsylvania...
PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:24 pm 
Thanks for stopping by. Although we woke up to what could be a record breaking temperature morning.

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Post #3  Post subject: Re: Yankee from Pennsylvania...
PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:45 pm 
Bill,
Welcome to the site.
You have stumbled on to a jewel of an area if you enjoy fishing and hunting. Don't worry about the Yankee part as there are several folks that have already made the move to the area from North for the same reasons. I have been to a lot of places across our country. The area you are looking at is right up top on the list. I like some of the areas up North but would never want to live there 12 months out of the year. We are lucky to get a month of real winter a year here spread out over 3 months.


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Post #4  Post subject: Re: Yankee from Pennsylvania...
PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:02 pm 
Welcome, you have picked a great part of the state, Bull Shoals and Norfok for bass and the White for trout.


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Post #5  Post subject: Re: Yankee from Pennsylvania...
PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:22 pm 
:Welcome: to the Natural State. Formally the land of opportunity according to license plates or yore.

You are on the right track for a retirement spot. Good luck to ya.

Lakes Conway and Overcup provide great crappie fishing. :thumbup:


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Post #6  Post subject: Re: Yankee from Pennsylvania...
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:Welcome:


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Post #7  Post subject: Re: Yankee from Pennsylvania...
PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:04 am 
Thanks all. You're right about the north being nice too. I absolutely love northern Pennsylvania, upstate New York and most of Vermont, but the weather simply stinks in a way that you natives of Arkansas can't imagine (I know it's cold there now, but that's temporary). The taxes in most of the northeast are completely out of control as well, although Pennsylvania's not nearly as bad as New York or the New England states.

I do love the natural environment, love to hunt and fish, like hiking and looking for wildflowers, love nature photography, etc. but as I'm not a single guy, I also have to look out for my wife regarding amenities and things to do and look out for our health in our later years as well, so although the lakes and rivers look very attractive to me, it doesn't mean that there aren't any other issues to consider either.

Presently I'm just doing a ton of research online, but I'd love to be able to come visit some of these areas soon, put boots on the ground and decide that it warrants further time and effort. Thanks for everyone's welcome because the hospitality that I've seen in other areas like Tennessee is also very welcoming and attractive to me and I'd expect folks in Arkansas to be just as inviting.


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Post #8  Post subject: Re: Yankee from Pennsylvania...
PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:03 pm 
Welcome to the Forum GANGGREEN. Don't let all these North Arkansas arkies fool you... :th_no.gif: All they have to offer is cold icy winters and mountains that'll prematurely wear your knees out chasing those wild turkeys, plus not much to fish in but big man made lakes that look like big stock tanks where mostly city folks fish around man made habitat usin' thousand dollar fish finders and 25,000+ dollar boats that'll wash a flat bottom off the lake... Find you a place in the south Arkansas bottom lands that's full of rivers and old river sloughs full of stick ups and brush and natural habitat where the game and fish are more plentiful and the winter weather is way more moderate, except for this winter... :happy0035: Or better yet move to central Arkansas out of the CWD Zone where you can have easy access to the best of both Arkansas worlds... :yep:

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Post #9  Post subject: Re: Yankee from Pennsylvania...
PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:39 pm 
:shesaid: :poundfloor:


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Post #10  Post subject: Re: Yankee from Pennsylvania...
PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:26 pm 
Careful WW you forgot something very important. Skeeters in the South not many in the North.


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Post #11  Post subject: Re: Yankee from Pennsylvania...
PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:57 pm 
I'm from Mesquite, Go Skeeters


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Post #12  Post subject: Re: Yankee from Pennsylvania...
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Yeah, geez, get too far south and you probably have nothing but skeeters, snakes and gators. Speaking of which and as an honest question, what is the snake situation there? Rest assured that I'm not scared of snakes (poisonous or otherwise), I'm just curious.


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Post #13  Post subject: Re: Yankee from Pennsylvania...
PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:36 am 
Snakes? We got'em!

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Post #14  Post subject: Re: Yankee from Pennsylvania...
PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:37 am 
There is enough of them that you need to look for them. You may not see any then again you might.

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Post #15  Post subject: Re: Yankee from Pennsylvania...
PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:23 pm 
I'm not bothered by snakes, in fact I actually enjoying seeking them out and photographing them. Rattlers and copperheads? Moccasins in southern part of the state I'd presume?


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Post #16  Post subject: Re: Yankee from Pennsylvania...
PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:22 pm 
For sure.

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Post #17  Post subject: Re: Yankee from Pennsylvania...
PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:57 pm 
Dont go to Norfork, that area is horrible. :happy0035:
Just joking, that is where I plan on spending my retirement years, hopefully not too much longer.


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