Old thread, but we (hubs & I) were considering a move to Austin, TX as his work is there. Not so sure now, seems like a bunch of back east tree huggers in Texas now, sadly.
I too remember what Texas was 30-35 years ago, now I'm kinda afraid to live there (would be too much like Chicago where I left in 1992, as it was a h*llhole).
I'm in AZ now for 20 years, it was good back then, but then California tree huggers moved here in the last 10 years too & wrecked it.
All I can say tho, is that AZ game & fish is very friendly & helpful, none of what I read in this thread. Maybe AZ has a better game & fish dept, I dont know (just verbalizing my thoughts & moving dilemma). Thanks for reading.