OH, CANADA. Gusty winds stream in from the northwest as a Canadian high slips down across the border, bringing clear skies and cool temps. Breezes subside by Sunday, making the back half of the weekend the best portion. With all this wind, you probably don’t want to be in a tree, but when you are setting up your stands for deer hunting, we’ve got the tips you need in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Image: An autumn doe pauses in front of a trail camera. As we approach July, tree stand positioning and other preparations come to the forefront of deer hunters’ minds. Simonson Photo.)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Almost fall-like is how we’d describe it as highs struggle to get to the upper 60s this weekend and gusty NW breezes under a crisp, blue Canadian-influenced sky dominate until finally getting better on Sunday.
Today: Fri 6/23 – Windy, clearing early, cool. Hi 67, Lo 52, Wind NW @ 25 mph.
Tomorrow: Sat 6/24 – More of the same. Hi 62, Lo 52, Winds NW @21 mph.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:49AM Sunset: 9:41PM
Moonrise: 5:42AM Moonset: 9:11PM
Overhead: 1:25PM Underfoot: 12:53AM
Moon Phase: New Moon (@ 9:31PM)
EDGE HOUR: 7:30 – 8:30PM. Winds will be streaming down from the north, and temps will start to take a dive, but your evening chances will be best with a strong moonset coming with a nearly new moon. Batten down the hatches and hit the water on those windswept bars and reefs to connect with a few!
TREE, TREE, TREE. Finding the perfect tree for your deer stand isn’t always easy, but remember to find one that fits the specific stand you bought. Most instructions recommend a tree that is at least nine inches in diameter (or about 28.25 inches around, for you πd geometry nuts, and people that don’t want to bore through a tree) to support a standard ladder stand. Make sure to inspect for damaged bark on the trunk and look up to see if leaves are on all the branches, as this is a sign of a healthy tree that can support a stand. Avoid those that have upper limbs which are dead or damaged.
TWO MAN JOB. It’s tough to hang a ladder stand by yourself. It’s good to have a second set of hands and eyes to help with the project, as positioning, lifting and securing the perch to a tree can often be tricky. Of particular concern is keeping the stand from moving while securing it with ratchet straps, and having someone to stabilize the base while the other locks it in place can prevent a lot of fall-related concerns during set-up.
UNDER ARREST. Speaking of falls, install fall-arrest straps now (or at least before the season starts) at the proper point above the seating area of your stand, so they’re in place when you arrive on opening day. Make sure to wear your safety harness every time, as a good majority of falls from stands can be prevented by a properly-used harness and safety strap. For more information on tree stand safety, visit this link. Make sure to check in on the stand from time to time throughout the summer – such as when checking cards on trail cameras – for any shifting or repositioning caused by weather or wind.
Get ’em up, but do it safely, and Stay Sharp!