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A rash of moose calls

February 27, 2002

I just love these little spring-like breaks we get, on occasion, during the middle of winter. The sun shinning with the temperatures in the 40’s. Just driving along the river or the lake and seeing the water sparkling and laying there almost calm kind of makes me want to pull off the road, put the sun on my face and close my eyes. I did just that the other day. I was on my way to Coolin and as I passed the drift yard everything just came together and I found myself driving down to the boat ramp at the drift yard. I parked my vehicle into the sun and rolled down my window. First I just sat there and listened to my radios. I soon turned them off, because they were interrupting the moment, and just sat there with my eyes closed and let the silence engulf me. 

But it wasn’t really quiet. I could still hear the traffic on Hwy 200, but faintly. In the distance I could hear a train whistle sounding as it approached the crossing at Clark Fork. Closer I could hear the geese talking to each other and jockeying for position. I could also hear the various calls of LBJs in the reeds along the riverbank. What an intense, calming moment. I had to slap myself to remember that I had work to do. I guess this little break is something akin to a power nap, but, for me, more intense and definitely more rejuvenating. Anyway if you should experience a need for one of those moments please take the time for it. The rewards are enormous.

I mentioned a little bit about the rash of moose calls we wardens have been receiving. Moose, being the critters they are, tend to go where they please and trying to chase them away usually has little chance of success. Persistent moose have caused at least one ammo manufacturer to produce 12-gauge rubber buckshot. We have been using this buckshot to encourage Bullwinkle to eat the shrubbery somewhere else. It doesn’t hurt, just stings. Anyway, if you have a very persistent moose living in your yard please contact your nearest warden or the CD’A F&G office for some help. Let us not throw snowballs at the critter and then get mad because the moose takes exception and does its level best to stop the annoyance.

This latest round of sunshine sure brought the anglers out in droves. Anglers have been hitting the Clark Fork River hoping to catch a few whitefish and trout. I wanted to remind folks of the new cutthroat regs for the Clark Fork River and the big lake. The new limits are only two cutthroat and they must be a minimum of 16 inches. Be sure to get your new fishing license before going fishing. For those readers on both sides of the border there is a new vendor for the Clark Fork area. On the east end of town the River Valley Farm & Garden store will be glad to sell you a new 2002 license.

There are a couple of upcoming events that you hopefully will take part in. On March 1st, 2nd and 3rd the Bonner County Sportsmen Association will be putting on their annual Gun & Horn show extravaganza. It is an excellent time to grab up the kids and check things out. This might also give the wife a chance for a few hours to herself. On March 2nd is Trout Unlimited’s Annual Auction and dinner. Believe me, this is a great time for all. Both of these events are well worth the time and effort to attend.

The snow is melting, the water starting to run and so will I. This sitting in front of a computer seems unnatural to me. I feel the need to be somewhere else and so I shall. Until the next time please enjoy what we have, enjoy it with the kids and leave it better than when you found it.                         

JJ SCOTT

 

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JJ Scott JJ Scott was a Fish & Game warden for the state of Idaho, now retired

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