What is Kentucky like for shooters?


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Tokugawa
January 20, 2008, 04:19 PM
Every once in a while I get the bug to move from Puget Sound, generally i look around/visit a place during the summer. Lately, Kentucky has interested me. The Hardwood forests are a lot like the place I grew up.
And I am self employed and do not need local customers.
I am imagining a 50 acre plus piece of land, somewhere I can plink on my own land. It would be real nice to be somewhat near a little town with a used bookstore, tavern, movie house etc- maybe someplace that is building back up from the 80's ghost-town syndrome. (where all the stores closed, all the jobs moved out etc.)
So Kentucky residents, what is it like? What do you like or dislike about your state?

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2RCO
January 20, 2008, 04:34 PM
I am currently moving from Kentucky to Missouri. That being said Kentucky is one of the greatest places-- period-- for firearms owners. There is a provision in the Commonwealth's Constitution that no municipality can make it's own gun laws. Very Class 3 friendly as well--note Knob Creek. You might get sticker shock on land depending where you look. I suggest eastern kentucky for cheapness. Forget Northern Kentucky or the Lexington area unless you are planning on paying a good chunk of cash.

Keegan
January 20, 2008, 04:36 PM
As a gun enthusiast, I think Kentucky is great. CCW is shall-issue and is only banned from schools & daycares, PD, prisons, courthouse, any meeting of governing body, bars & the bar section of restaurants, and any place that posts a sign saying no concealed weapons. However, if you carry a weapon into a place that posts a sign (as long as it's not one of the other places listed), all they can do is ask you to leave. Open carry is legal. We have castle law, no "gun register" is kept by The Man™, and private sales of firearms doesn't require a background check. Pretty sure gun shows don't require bg check either, but I've never bought anything at one because they're always overpriced. Aside from that, living here is pretty nice. The landscape is beautiful, cost of living is low, and the people are nice. Feel free to ask me whatever you want, I don't want to bore you to death with my rambling.

Keegan
January 20, 2008, 04:41 PM
Oh yeah, and if you have to go to any of those "gun free" places, you're allowed to leave it in the glove box. This does not apply to college campuses (notably UK). They seem to think that keeping guns off campus entirely is helping people, so you aren't even permitted to have them in your car. That reminds me, the glove box is NOT considered a concealed location, so you can keep a weapon there before you get your CCDW. Other than that, I believe it has to be kept locked and unloaded in a case in the trunk.

Javelin
January 20, 2008, 04:56 PM
The Song titled "Song of the South" is coming to mind at the moment...

Kentucky is a beutiful state. Plenty of things to do and I would recommend the Louisville area.

:)

Mousegun
January 20, 2008, 05:08 PM
Tennessee should take a lesson from KY.

bakert
January 20, 2008, 05:26 PM
My bank has one of those signs but I just ignore it figuring they put it on the door to discourage people that might consider robbing them.:rolleyes:
Actually most of Kentucky is pretty gun friendly with the exception of the cities of Louisville and Lexington but we still have gun shops and a few indoor ranges. I live just outside of Louisville and finding a place to shoot or hunt on private land nearby is much harder to find nowadays than in the past. I wish Knob Creek was about 30 miles closer to me.

Gun Wielding Maniac
January 20, 2008, 05:45 PM
In an earlier comment, it was said that you were forbidden by law from carrying a gun in the glove box of your car on the UK campus. This is untrue. The University says you can't carry a gun in your car on campus... They can ask you to leave, but they can't do anything to you legally.

Also, it's legal to hunt with silencers in KY :D

Keegan
January 20, 2008, 05:55 PM
Right, not by law, the University just forbids it. Thanks for clarifying that.

arflattop
January 20, 2008, 05:57 PM
As background, I grew up in Northern Virginia, i.e. a city boy, and have lived in the Central KY area for about 10 years. As others have expressed, it is a great place for gun owners. Land prices are still reasonable, but beginning to increase due to interest from the retiring baby boomers from Louisville and other states. I think you'd be astounded comparing it to Puget Sound. If you like hardwoods, here is my front yard. I am 50 miles from Bowling Green and Owensboro and about 70 from Louisville, so I can get all the culture I wish within a short drive. This with the benefit of not seeing/hearing any neighbors. I'd be happy to give you details PM. I'm here for the long haul, and think it's a state that should be on your short list. Good luck!

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh15/arflattop/Image00001-2.jpg

thexrayboy
January 20, 2008, 06:25 PM
Kentucky and firearms can be summed up with one simple phrase...Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot. If you have never been you simply must go.
Its really hard to have more fun than a machine gun shoot and stll keep your pants on.

Hk91-762mm
January 20, 2008, 08:14 PM
Did anyone get in on the great HAIL STORM 10-15 years ago where boweling green was BLASTED Like a war zone !!!

arflattop
January 20, 2008, 08:52 PM
HK91, you still see an occasional car with the resulting "dimples". From speaking with people who were there, it must have been surreal.

prism
January 20, 2008, 09:07 PM
I was in whittaker's gunshop a couple years ago when I heard an exchange between a mother and her little boy (about five years old). hubby was looking over the longarms and I heard her tell the boy not to touch anything.

then she said, "when you're old enough, I'll teach you how to shoot."

she paused for a second, then said, "your daddy and I will teach you to shoot."

:)


that's a great view, arflattop. btw, I'm posting from an Owensboro wireless spot now.

valtr0n
January 20, 2008, 09:51 PM
I've lived in Kentucky all my life, and I wouldn't move if someone gave me a home and land elsewhere. I was raised in Pike County and now live about an hour east of Lexington in Morehead... and it's beautiful.

I'd recommend Eastern Kentucky to anyone. Just don't come with a bad attitude about the place and you'll get along just fine. :)

Plenty of beautiful landscape, great places to hunt, shoot, and fish... lots of gun shows (there's usually one at least once a month an hour or so from me in any direction), and the cost of living in a rural area is super cheap.

I absolutely love Kentucky. As far as I'm concerned, it's the greatest place on earth.

Hk91-762mm
January 20, 2008, 10:16 PM
HK91, you still see an occasional car with the resulting "dimples". From speaking with people who were there, it must have been surreal
I have relatives In BG and I have seen a Jaguar car flattened like a pancake from the hail stones as big as Grapefruits Houses with roofs and siding all stripped off-I must have been like they anchored the USS New Jersey off the shore and blasted the place with grapeshot

silverlance
January 20, 2008, 10:20 PM
as soon as i finish my teaching commitment here in my ban state, i plan on moving. hopefully it won't be one of those states where teachers have to moonlight in order to pay for rent.

arflattop
January 20, 2008, 10:41 PM
prism, thanks for the compliment. Mom lives in Owensboro -- I spend a greatdeal of time at Whittakers! Great prices and selection.

valtr0n
January 20, 2008, 10:41 PM
My wife just started her first year of teaching, in one of the lower-paying counties, and her starting salary is around $32,000. In some of the larger counties it's upwards of $40,000... and of course, it goes up when you get your Masters significantly... then again when you get your Rank 1.

And money goes a lot further here than it does elsewhere... for example, we rent a really nice 2 bedroom home with hardwood floors and all utilities included (including cable) for just $400 a month. That's in a rural part of the state, and obviously prices in Lexington/Louisville will be higher... but, who wants to live in a big city when you've got such nice countryside all around? :P

catfish101
January 21, 2008, 12:42 AM
We also have some of the best catfishing you will find. :)

gunman42782
January 21, 2008, 01:12 AM
Life long Kentuckian here. KY is one of the best states in the Union for gun owners, but there are too dang many Yankee's here already!!!!!

Stevie-Ray
January 21, 2008, 01:54 AM
I've got to get busy and look for a place in SE Kentucky. I've been wanting to live there for a few years, now. Maybe this is the year; just waiting for buyout news from the auto companies. After 52 years, I'm just sick of work and sick of Michigan. Don't get me wrong, Michigan is great, but I've lived here all my life and it's time for a change. Kentucky beckons and I've pretty much made up my mind. Don't worry Kentuckians, I'll leave my Detroit attitude where it belongs, that's a promise.

catfish101
January 21, 2008, 02:03 AM
I've got to get busy and look for a place in SE Kentucky. I've been wanting to live there for a few years, now. Maybe this is the year; just waiting for buyout news from the auto companies. After 52 years, I'm just sick of work and sick of Michigan. Don't get me wrong, Michigan is great, but I've lived here all my life and it's time for a change. Kentucky beckons and I've pretty much made up my mind. Don't worry Kentuckians, I'll leave my Detroit attitude where it belongs, that's a promise.

Come on down. We know there are good people from the other side of the river.

jon1996
January 21, 2008, 04:33 AM
I live in the heart of eastern ky I am 30miles either way from VA, WV, OH, I go outside and shoot all day in my yard, People walk around town with their shotguns and rifles, Would not want to live no where else, Cops do not bother you here either, easy to get CLEO sign offs where I am at, plus I am pretty close to louisville (3hrs) for national gun day shows

redneckdan
January 21, 2008, 08:13 AM
I spent 10 days down near Murray a couple summers ago. People were friendly, even more so after I picked up the accent within a day or two. I didn't like the climate though, too hot and humid; too many termites and ticks. I kinda like it up here in the Keewenaw, completely different from SE michigan.

ryan in maine
January 21, 2008, 08:50 AM
valtr0n: And money goes a lot further here than it does elsewhere... for example, we rent a really nice 2 bedroom home with hardwood floors and all utilities included (including cable) for just $400 a month.
What? No way!

ChuckH
January 21, 2008, 10:36 AM
KY is by far the best place to be. Even better than TX and I've lived in both places. Only KY has the Knob Creek Machine Gun shoot. I recently changed jobs and even took a pay cut to stay here in this fine state. Have to move north from Georgetown to Florence but I get to stay here.

We have great places to shoot, I'm currently a member of Blue Grass Sportsman League and it is the greatest range I've ever shot at. Great down home folks and great horses.

Chuck

Educated Hillbilly
January 21, 2008, 10:44 AM
Could not be any better. I live in the eastern part of the state. 45 minutes away from both Winchester and Morehead. An hour and a half away from Lexington and about two and a half hours from Louisville. People are nice and the price of living is very low. I would recommend it for most people so long as they don't try to change us, just become like us. :)!

highorder
January 21, 2008, 10:46 AM
another transplanted Yankee here. Moved from SW Michigan to Cincinnati 4 months ago, but I an sitting at my desk in Kentucky as we speak. Its nice down here, and the rents are low while the wages and standard of living is high!

I AM looking for a nice range down here though. Outdoors with reasonable fees and rules would be nice. where can I shoot around here?

Ohio? Kentucky?

kentucky_smith
January 21, 2008, 01:52 PM
It's awful here. Stay away. :D

We actually have several key lawmakers' in the state general assembly whose goals while in office tend to be gun-oriented. Right now there's a bill in committee that will allow firearms in vehicles on state university campuses.

oldgold
January 21, 2008, 02:34 PM
Beware. I was in western kentucky one spring picking up a motorcycle when it snowed a whooping 3/4 inch. Shut the whole town down, multiple cars in the ditch, absolute panic. We were told we were crazy to be on the road in that weather ! I'm from Ohio where you can be driving in the snow in the morning and running the AC in the afternoon.

HighOrder
I AM looking for a nice range down here though. Outdoors with reasonable fees and rules would be nice. where can I shoot around here?


You might try this club which is located near Millford , east of Cincinnati. I have shot there many times but don't know how much it is to join. They have a 600yd range and a very active shooting program. Good people too.

Miami Rifle and Pistol Club
Ray Zillick
Home: (513) 574-6022
Email: practical_pistol@miamirifle-pistol.org

meef
January 21, 2008, 02:40 PM
Did anyone get in on the great HAIL STORM 10-15 years ago where boweling green was BLASTED Like a war zone !!!:what:

boweling green....?

blasted.....?

Eeeeww...

That just sounds gross.

:barf:

highorder
January 21, 2008, 03:44 PM
thanks oldgold, I'm looking into it!

KYraj
January 21, 2008, 04:12 PM
I am not from Kentucky, but I got here as soon as I could.

I lived in Arizona for 30 years before I discovered Kentucky in 1995 when I did some consulting work for the State medicaid project. My wife and I fell in love with the people, the scenery and the weather.

Several years ago we purchased a 60 acre farm in the north central area of the State and built our retirement home. I have set up a shooting range that will get much enhancement in the years ahead.

We will never leave!!

Keegan
January 21, 2008, 04:22 PM
Beware. I was in western kentucky one spring picking up a motorcycle when it snowed a whooping 3/4 inch. Shut the whole town down, multiple cars in the ditch, absolute panic. We were told we were crazy to be on the road in that weather !
It's ridiculous! That's one of the only things I dislike about living here; people go into a full-on panic as soon as the skies become overcast. The situation isn't helped by having "weather warrior" meteorologists on every station that interrupt programming and put huge warnings across the bottom of the screen for every little storm.

dalv
January 22, 2008, 08:22 PM
Ahh....someday, maybe someday.
Plan on visiting on the bike if I can talk mama into a ride:D
Beautiful state from what I can see - you are lucky to live there.
Save room for just one more yankee w/o attitude.

ky_man
January 22, 2008, 09:32 PM
I've lived in Louisville for most of my life, and here's what I can share about our gun 'scene':

Knob Creek range is 30 min. south of Louisville, close to Ft. Knox (which has the French Range)
We have two nice indoor ranges, one is in the city and the other is in Oldham County (100 yd. indoor, openrangesports.com)
Shooter's supply (http://shooterssupply.org/) is a full-line gun dealer and stocks some interesting items.

Others may care to add :)

Louisville is a nice city, but can be a bit liberal at times. Housing is more expensive here, along with everything else. Any other questions, feel free to PM me.

chris in va
January 23, 2008, 03:37 AM
Ah yes. I have friends in KY. When I sold my house in N. VA for a princely sum during the housing bubble, my friend tried convincing me for a move to Louisville.

But NOOO. I had to stick around here and waste all that money trying to make a living. :barf:

MICHAEL T
January 23, 2008, 11:47 AM
Washington county I am less than a hour from Louisville or Lexington couple hours to Nashville. Land still in reason Have a nice brick home with basement 3 car detached garage and around 20 Acers. Can be had for less than 200K . Couple more in area with some land 50 to 85 000 . Friend has a 200+ farm old home . working cattle I beliver he wasnt 500.000 about price of a apt in commie Ca.
Deer turkey fishing all here Knob creek less than hour also.
Property taxs low also

che_70b
January 23, 2008, 12:19 PM
I am life long kentuckian. I live in maysville which is about an hour east of cinci on the AA highway. Housing is very cheap small towns and rural areas, less so lex or louisville. One of the most gun friendly places in the world. In the part of the state I am in there is not much in the way of ranges though. You may also find less friendlyness in some of the more remote parts of eastern ky, there are some fairly paranoid folks way back in the woods. :)

22-rimfire
January 23, 2008, 08:57 PM
I lived there for 10 years or so. It grows on you. I lived in the SE part of the state. At first I hated it as I moved from a very large city to an area at that time that barely had a fast food restaurant. It has changed since.

Give Tennessee a look.

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