I'm one of those who is not keen on living in a desert, no matter how beautiful it might look.
I don't fish. I don't hunt. I used to be pretty damned good at telemark and back country skiing but my knees are shite at 52.
While long range rifle shooting is very nice out in the wide open public lands, it's still a giant PITA just to get a few shots off. Sporting clays is my long gun game and it's WAY more popular in the east and southeast.
I'll take a hard pass on living out west.