Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Best of the Best (Outdoor Life picks places for sportsmen to live)

In its third rendering of the 200 best places for hunters and anglers to live, Ashtabula makes the high ranking in two sub-categories.

But the very best place to live in there here United States is Rapid City, South Dakota. That is where the deer, wild turkeys, antelope, trout, pike and all kinds of other critters play. Along with enjoying a healthy lifestyle, low unemployment, sound growth, fresh air and bountiful elbow room.

The remaining Top 10 finishers were Pocatello, Idaho; Page, Arizona; Lewiston, Idaho; Kanab, Utah; Bond, Oregon; Mountain Home, Arkansas; Saratoga, Wyoming; Rawlins, Wyoming; and Pierre, South Dakota.

Overall, Erie, Pennsylvania was ranked 83rd out of 200; Port Clinton ranked 93rd out of 200; and Ashtabula ranked 151 out of 200. But these rankings were ahead of Hilo, Hawaii (179th); Stuttgard, Arkansas (185); and Waynesboro, Virginia (200th);.

In the sub-group of bird hunting Ashtabula finished well in the rankings. This, no doubt to the county's reputation for turkey hunting as well as goose hunting.

In the bass fishing sub-group both Port Clinton and Erie, Pennsylvania scored well.

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- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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