Here's a little gem from the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games media guide — a 60-page explainer for reporters covering the event.
The authors boil down "Idaho traditions" with two curious paragraphs:
"The United States Constitution allows every citizen the right to own firearms. Hunting and shooting sports are a proud tradition in Idaho. There is a chance that you will see a person with a firearm, or see a firearm in a truck window, particularly in the small towns. This is legal and poses no danger to you. Do not be alarmed.
"Most Idahoans own dogs and you will see dogs in public places. You are welcome to pet the dog with the owner’s permission. It is also common to see dogs in the back of parked pickup trucks. However, these dogs are often protective and should not be approached."
The takeaway points:
• A rifle in a gun rack — no worries.
• A dog in the bed of a pickup — beware.
• And, I guess, when the truck has a gun rack and a dog in the back, signals are mixed. Use your best discretion.