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Old 12-17-2014, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Ever since I was really young, one of my dreams has been to start and run a ranch, even though I grew up in small-town NE Ohio with very few horses, cows, or anything like that. And its not just this ignorant fancy sprung up from watching too many glamorous westerns. I have some idea of the life beyond the camera and I know its not all guts and glory. But I still want to do it.

As far as location goes, my wishlist includes:
-mountains
-water (river, creek, pond, small-ish lake or whatever)
-start small (30-60 acres) and expand from there.
-If possible, I'd like a place that's relatively close to civilization (prefferably with a young family/children majority, as I'd likely have a young family of my own by then).
-If the place has a moderate-high demand on construction, that's my current employment so I could turn it into a second income out...there, wherever it happens to be
-While I have yet to earn a hunting license, I prefer places with somewhat more-relaxed gun laws
-and of course, it goes without saying that the location needs to be one that lends itself to the occupation (in other words, lots of snow/rain or not, there needs to be enough warm, dry to raise animals and crops, with enough cold/wet to scare away drought)

Also, if it has any effect on reccommended location, I'm conservative and "religious" (Christian). However, I know that there's nowhere in the world that I can find an area whose residents agree with me 99%, so I imagine it doesn't have an overly large effect.

There may be other factors that I'm not thinking about right now or don't realize that they're important, but for now, these are the key things important to me.

So, even though it'll be a few years before I can pursue my dream (I am only 17), I want to start learning everything I can while I'm still young. I'm aware this is a city-data forum, so all I expect is more location advice than anything else.

(Though if you happen to have experience in this stuff and you WANT to give me a crash-course in buying cows, making money off of them, how to deal with diseases/blizzards/whatnot, or anything else involved with ranching, I'm all ears.)
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Old 12-17-2014, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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sounds easy enough, could pretty much do this anywhere but the important thing is to get yourself a good dog, and a hat...oh and a pack of Marlboros
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Old 12-17-2014, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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True enough, but I know some places are better than others. Kalispell for instance, I've heard is a better retirement town than a young family one, even though it otherwise fits the bill.

Although from what I've read in the Montana forums, I'm a bit scared off of living anywhere in Montana...
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Old 12-17-2014, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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You're going to need a ton of money to do this anywhere west of the Rockies.
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Old 12-17-2014, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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...yeah, I figured as much.

That's why I asked.
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