Facts About The American Buffalo in Idaho

Note: The range of the Buffalo is fairly large but they may or may not be in Idaho.  If you are traveling to the western range of the Buffalo from Idaho, this information is provided for better understanding of this animal.

Rocky Mountain BuffaloIf bison reside in Idaho, they are the largest mammal and males can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and stand 6 feet tall.  The Yellowstone herd is the only location where bison have continuously lived since prehistoric times.  These herds are considered the only “pure” strain that roam the country’s grasslands and as of 2015, the population of the Yellowstone herd is estimated at 4,900 making it the largest in the country.

You can somewhat judge a bison’s mood by what’s going on with its tail.  When calm, the tail hangs down and switches naturally.  Although you can never trust the mood of a bison, when that tail is straight up, it’s time to stand back and get out of its way as it may be ready to charge.

The bison can live up to 20 years with an average between 10 and 20 years.  The cows begin breeding after 2 years, the bulls after 6 years.  All bison love to wallow in the dirt but the males perform this task during mating season to leave their scent and display their strength.

Bison Butting HeadsThe ancestry can be traced back to southern Asia thousands of years ago but made their way to America crossing the land bridge connecting Asia with North America hundreds of thousands of years ago.  Then, these bison were much larger and fossil records show that a prehistoric bison had horns measuring 9 feet from tip to tip.

The American bison's ancestors can be traced to southern Asia thousands of years ago. Bison made their way to America, and near Idaho, by crossing the ancient land bridge that once connected Asia with North America during the Pliocene Epoch, some 400,000 years ago. These ancient animals were much larger than the iconic bison we love today. Fossil records show that one prehistoric bison, Bison had horns measuring 9 feet from tip to tip.

While bison have poor eyesight, they have excellent senses of smell and hearing. Cows and calves communicate using pig-like grunts, and during mating season, bulls can be heard bellowing across long distances.

The Idaho State Constitution States: “The people have the right to keep and bear arms, which right shall not be abridged; but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to govern the carrying of weapons concealed on the person, nor prevent passage of legislation providing minimum sentences for crimes committed while in possession of a firearm, nor prevent passage of legislation providing penalties for the possession of firearms by a convicted felon, nor prevent the passage of legislation punishing the use of a firearm.

No law shall impose licensure, registration or special taxation on the ownership or possession of firearms or ammunition. Nor shall any law permit the confiscation of firearms, except those actually used in the commission of a felony.”

Idaho is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry. The local county sheriff shall issue a concealed weapons permit to a qualified applicant within ninety days. Applicants may be required to demonstrate familiarity with a firearm, generally by having taken an approved training course or by having received training in the military. A permit is valid for five years; permits issued before July 1, 2006 are valid for four years. Idaho recognizes valid concealed carry permits from any state. A concealed weapon may not be carried at a school or at a school sponsored activity, in a courthouse, in a prison or detention facility, or in certain other governmentally designated locations. It is unlawful to carry a concealed weapon while intoxicated. Open carry is legal in Idaho. A concealed weapons permit is not required for open carry, nor for long guns.

March 25, 2013 in a unanimous vote, the Idaho House of Representatives approved an important pro-gun reform.  Introduced by the House State Affairs Committee and co-sponsored by state Representative Joe Palmer (R-20), House Bill 192 has created an enhanced concealed carry license option for those applicants who choose to undergo additional training for more carry benefits and more opportunities for reciprocity in other states. This enhanced concealed carry license helps increase recognition of Idaho’s permit in other states, increasing Idaho’s reciprocity agreement with almost 40 states.

Idaho is known as one of the great states that support the 2nd amendment and is very active in pro-gun rights for its citizens. Become a member of US Precision Defense and help support the rights of gun owners everywhere, also have access to our on-line store and database of Instructors, Shooting ranges, and gun smiths. 

Idaho is an “open carry” state. Carrying of unconcealed weapons, including loaded firearms, is not prohibited by Idaho Code. Persons who are not prohibited by law from owning firearms may openly carry firearms in plain sight, including in vehicles. Concealed Weapons License: Idaho is a “shall-issue” state. Under I.C. §18-3302, county sheriffs must issue a concealed weapons license to any citizen at least 21 years of age who applies for one, unless prohibited by I.C. §18-3302, as in the case of felons, the mentally ill, those dishonorably discharged from the military, those subject to a protective order for domestic violence, and drug addicts.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants more guns and ammo produced in his state.

Otter, a Republican, has sent letters to 79 firearms makers and ammunition producers in 28 states promoting the benefits of relocating to Idaho. He also declared May “2nd Amendment Protection Month” statewide. “The National Rifle Association ranks Idaho as a gun-friendly state whose laws are among the least restrictive in the nation,” Otter said in his official proclamation. “The state of Idaho openly embraces companies in the arms and ammunition manufacturing sector to expand or relocate to the state.” The governor’s letters to industry leaders declared, “Here in Idaho, gun ownership is more than a constitutional right; it’s a way of life. That’s why I’m personally extending an invitation for you to grow your bottom line here in Idaho.”

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter  stated; “We cherish and defend freedom — those principles are the fiber of who we are as Idahoans and represent all aspects of the way we conduct our business, from removing undue government regulations and restrictions to supporting gun ownership as a constitutional right,”

U.S. Senator Jim Risch today joined a group of his Republican colleagues in signing a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), which states his opposition to legislation that would infringe upon Second Amendment rights.

 “Idahoans are strongly against any further erosion of their Second Amendment rights. Legislation that restricts the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans is not the answer to the issues facing our nation,”  

Members of US Precision Defense help support the rights of gun owners everywhere, they also have access to our on-line store and database of Instructors, Shooting ranges, and gun smiths.