HEY MIKE, WHAT DAY IS IT? We’re halfway home to a busy summer weekend – fishing, shooting, preseason scouting – whatever you have on tap, it’s looking like a good one! In the meantime, bone up on some popular furbearers in North Dakota in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A coyote pauses for a quick trail camera pic near Mandan, N.D. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 7/23 – Summer at its finest. Hi 85, Lo 60, Winds L&V.
Tomorrow: Mon 7/24 – Warm surge. Hi 95, Lo 65, Winds S @16, G27
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:17AM Sunset: 9:21PM
Moonrise: 10:08AM Moonset: 11:25PM
Overhead: 4:52PM Underfoot: 4:27AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (9% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 8:30 – 9:30PM. Winds die off and start to make their switch in late evening, and the sunset hour will provide the final light for an overall fantastic day. Capitalize on perfect conditions to put some fish in your boat!
DON’T BE COY. The coyote is perhaps the most notable furbearer species in North Dakota, and is frequently the scourge of farmers and ranchers with livestock. Growing in popularity with sportsmen through organized hunts, and a renewed passion for furbearer hunting, trapping and processing, the coyote has become a popular wintertime pursuit in the Peace Garden State.
FOXY LADY. The red fox, while less common than the coyote is still a frequent sighting on the prairie of North Dakota, particularly the eastern half of the state. Known for its white-tipped tail and fiery orange fur, the red fox is highly recognizable due to being the most widespread carnivore in the world and the subject of many Anglo-Saxon fables, stories and hunting tales.
YER LYIN’. The mountain lion, or cougar, is predominantly found west of the Missouri River in North Dakota, and primarily in the badlands, however its range during the early-to-mid-2000s expanded eastward with more CRP and other habitat in the ground, and mild winters which built its prey base and fostered bigger litters, with anecdotal (and often skeptically received) reports coming from as far east as the Sheyenne River basin.