I grew up hunting bobwhite quail in North Carolina, and it is a sad fact that today there are very few quail or places to hunt them in the South – it is a fading memory for all but the extremely wealthy. The Owyhee Canyonlands has become my sacred place – a place I can hunt a different ridge or canyon every day of chukar season and never see even another human track. However, I know this can all change – I have seen it change elsewhere. The continuing pressure for mining, energy development, ATV misuse, transmission corridors and so forth could change this country forever.
The Owyhee is special and certainly worthy of permanent protection as it exists now. Hunters, ranchers, boaters, campers and hikers all have a stake in preserving and protecting the Owyhee. There is simply nothing like it in the lower 48 states.