Idaho falconers channel history, hunt with raptors
KUNA, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho is raptor country, with its vast, canyon-scoured southern desert -- and plenty of rodents to eat.
It's also home to a select few people who hunt with raptors, be it for jackrabbits or Hungarian partridges.
Gary Moon of Boise is one of about 160 people here with state and federal falconry permits.
On a recent morning, the 70-year-old Moon was out with his young prairie falcon, Laser, aiming to bring home a duck.
Though he got skunked, Moon wasn't disappointed.
He says anybody can go out with a shotgun and get a limit of fowl in a couple of hours.
With falcons, he says, it's the lure of the unexpected.
Another falconer, Bob Collins, loves watching something that happens every day in nature -- only up close and personal.