The countdown is on – and not just for the days left until deer firearms lottery applications are due – as we talk about three neat things in the outdoors! We get a bit of a cooldown over the next few days, but warmth looks to make a return for the weekend which is sure to get anglers back out on the water. The full moon is on the way as well, making this a week to bait a hook and catch some fish coming out of their post-spawn funk!
(Featured Photo: A thirteen lined ground squirrel – a/k/a gopher – pauses amid foraging. Simonson Photo)
After scattered rains and a few rumbles of thunder overnight, cooler temps prevail.
Today: Tue 6/6 – Winds shift NW, chance for rain. Hi 79, Lo 60, Winds NW @ 13 mph.
Tomorrow: Wed 6/7 – Slight Canadian influence. Hi 79, Lo 48, Winds N @ 8 mph.
Monday, June 5, 2017
Sunrise: 5:49am Sunset: 9:34pm
Moonrise: 6:46pm Moonset: 4:38am
Overhead: Prev. Day Underfoot: 11:38am
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (93% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:30 – 7:30pm. Moonrise coincides with an afterwork outing, and as we approach the full moon, that’s even better as post-spawn bites and warm weather should have fish getting more active. Additional bonus, winds and rain chances subside, and what clouds are left over will be lit up by a gorgeous prairie sunset at dusk.
TRY TRI AGAIN. At Dakota Edge Outdoors, we like to sneak a little outdoor fitness in here and there. Whether it’s running out on your favorite trail, or hiking the Maah Daah Hey, all those miles logged this spring and summer make for easier walks in the field next fall. So with that, check out the BisMan 26.4 (f/k/a BisMan Triathlon) triathlon event at Harmon Lake on July 8, 2017. Register here and use the next month to get in shape – or the event to burn off all those chips and brats from the July 4 holiday!
AND THEN THERE WERE TWO. Two days (today and tomorrow) remain to get your deer firearm lottery applications in to the NDG&F Dept. Submit it online or mail it today. 54,500 tags are available, 5,500 more than in 2016. The firearms season begins at noon, Friday Nov. 11, 2017 and ends Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. For more information on the season, check out the NDG&F Preliminary Deer Hunting Guide.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE NUMBER ONE? Millions of bass, apparently. The number one listed fishing lure on Amazon is the Yamamoto Senko, the revolutionary soft plastic that created the “do-nothing” category of stick worms that are dynamite on BOTH largemouth and smallmouth bass. In a bazillion colors and sizes between 2 and 7 inches, these sticks set the standard that is often imitated but never duplicated. Rigged Texas-style or wacky, the subtle flutter of the Senko brought finesse to the bass fishing masses. Our favorite colors? Pumpkin with chartreuse tip, watermelon with red/black flake and of course…bubble gum. Just remember to fish ’em sloooooooooooowwwwww.