Just to the west of Mountain Home is large area of BLM and State land that is apparently a great spot to begin your search for the Idaho Domesticated Slob (IDS). Their signature is quite easy to spot, likely on par with the East African Elephant or maybe even the T-Rex from prehistoric days. The typical IDS spends most of their daytime hours in the unpopulated regions of Idaho.
Seasonal Migration of the Idaho Domesticated Slob
While no research has been published, I suspect during the colder months following the snow line is the best way to spot your first IDS. During the warmer months, finding the IDS involves listening for the telltale mating call from a handgun, rifle or shotgun. Extreme caution should be used when approaching a possible group of mating IDS's.
What to Look For
Evidence shows the best way to know you are in a “High Concentration IDS Area” is to examine the landscape near any dirt or gravel road. Look for any of the following signs:
- A large cardboard box full of small round holes set up between 20 feet and 50 yards from the road surface.
- A large collection of multicolored expended shotgun shells laying on the ground near the edge of the road's surface.
- A large concentration of broken glass near or in an old fire pit.
- Deep grooves or tracks in the soft prairie from the IDS propulsion vehicle. These grooves/tracks are normally just off the main dirt road and will be visible for years to come.
Tongue and Cheek Sarcasm Ends
Look, I know I'm still considered an outsider in Idaho. I've only lived here for 3 years and I'm still learning Idaho's outdoor customs and courtesies. But...it just seems like common sense to pick up your junk after using our public lands. It also seems like common courtesy to take your trash/garbage/junk to the county landfill instead of making our public lands look like one.
In my opinion there can be no good reason or excuse for trashing our public lands. We are currently living in a period where our Federal Government is under extreme pressure from litigious fringe groups to close off large tracts of public land. These fringe organizations would like to stop all vehicle traffic from using our public lands. The Idaho Domesticated Slob may be unknowingly making a good legal case for these fringe groups.
In short...Stop TRASHING our public lands!
Note: All pictures were taken near 43.158181, -115.769833 on April 3rd, 2011
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