There is a really nice Long Range Muzzleloader/BPTR Match in Oak Ridge every year in March. 200 - 1000 yds. You never know, might become your thing.My girlfriend and I have decided it's time to start a new chapter in our lives. Colorado has pretty much played out for me and neither of us want to move back to upstate NY. We have decided Tennessee seems kind of cool. She has a lung disease and the only specialist is in Nashville, as well as it having a large VA hospital for me. We're looking to be within 2 hours of Nashville. I'm hoping someone can give some info about the housing market (we're looking to buy as big of a piece of land as possible and build on it), hunting and fishing opportunities, and decent small towns to focus on within 2 hours of Nashville.
Id second expanding horizons to southern Kentucky. I lived in Louisville and then for several years between Lexington and Knoxville in Southeast KY and it is full of opportunity for wildlife and there are enough small to middle size towns you can afford to buy a reasonable amount of land. In relation to Nashville, Id look east in you must stay in TN. Good luck.Welcome to the neighborhood!
Might I suggest moving across the line into Kentucky? Many small town experiences within two hours of Nashville, and you'll be able to apply for Kentucky elk as a resident.
In south central Kentucky, you've got easy access to some great boating/fishing lakes (Dale Hollow, Cumberland), great small streams while still being fairly close to the Appalachian foothills (Big South Fork, Daniel Boone NF, etc.).
Guthrie (hometown of Robert Penn Warren) is a tiny gem that has avoided the surburbanization that has happened to many small towns near Nashville.
Glasgow is a little bigger, and Bowling Green has small town charm but with amenities.
Further west, you've got good access to Land Between the Lakes, and the lakes themselves. Plus, easy access to some great waterfowl opportunities.
Hopkinsville/Clarksville area (Ft. Campbell) has some cool things in the works.
Paducah (confluence of four major rivers - Ohio, Mississippi, Cumberland and Tennessee) and Murray are right at the 2-hour threshold.
The 10" minimum on crappie is definitely awesome. I lived down there for a couple of years so I kinda keep up with what's going on down there for a potential future move. Like others have said Nashville itself is crowded but there's plenty of space a little farther out.I was looking at the hunting and fishing regulations online today....HOLY CRAP it's awesome out there!!!