Idaho Forest Service can be Sued Over Sage Grouse Decline
Sadly I believe it is true that the Forest service and BLM would rather cater to the cattle industry than conservationists. Money talks and poloticians and voters are going to side with the huge taxpaying industry of cattle ranchers who are very important to the local economy. On this topic I am torn because I want to see more birds, but I won't support wiping out the cattle industry which is what some of these conservation groups could allow to happen for the sage grouse's sake. Last year we had a wet spring and lots of cover and the hatch was amazing. The year before that is was poor so we can't blame it all on the ranchers I guess.
I agree with you 100% hank...it's a balancing act to be sure...we struggle with the same thing in the Gunnision Valley in CO...for shelfish reasons I want to see habitat improved...but the ranchers have there rights...i think more hunter/rancher discussion could help the problems...keep the damn lawyers adn the feds out of it!
Moose calling can get confusing to some, but cow calling is your main tool when moose hunting. If you go out and buy moose calls I would say you're wasting your money unless it is the birch bark cone. I find most store bought moose calls sounding worse than puffing a grunt your hands to make the call. You can roll up a piece of birch bark in a cone shape to use as a call and spend your money on a video that teaches you the basics of a cow call. A milk jug or a coffee can with a hole and a rope...