LAYING LOW. It might be a good day to stay inside and get that hunting gear ready for the season as rain with a few bumps along the way will be the call for the day. We countdown sunlight and talk numbers in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A camera shy rooster pheasant ducks and holds tight to the ground. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 8/9 – Rain chances steady most of the day. Hi 74, Lo 60, Winds N @ 10.
Tomorrow: Thu 8/10 – Clear and still below average. Hi 75, Lo 55, Winds N @ 8.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:34AM Sunset: 9:02PM
Moonrise: 10:11PM Moonset: 8:29AM
Overhead: 3:01AM Underfoot: 3:25AM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (96% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 8:00-9:00AM. Riding a setting moon and what looks to be a break in the rain chances which will dominate the day will provide you a chance to get on the water and put a few fish on the line. Keep an eye on the sky though as heavy clouds are expected to cover us most of the day.
JAWS THREE. Not the worst in the iconic movie series by far (that’s Jaws 4), just like August isn’t the fastest loss of daylight in the calendar either, but the shift toward fall is eating about 3 minutes of light a day now. It won’t be long and you’ll need that hand light for the morning walk or run, and those navigation lights on the boat by 8:30 PM. We’ll be down an hour and ten minutes by the end of the month!
TWO BLADES. The twin spin spinnerbait is becoming a bit of a rarity these days. Once the “it lure” in the 1980s and 90s, the dual-armed, dual-bladed spinnerbait quickly faded from favor. A few models are still available, with the most prominent being a line from Terminator. As they say, what was old is new again every 20 years – maybe there will be a resurgence next season? (I did hear “Hotstepper” by Ini Kamoze in a back-to-school commercial today…so who knows!?)
ONE FEATHER. The hallmark loooong tailfeather on adult rooster pheasants is tough to come by this time of year (as in today’s Featured Photo), as pheasants have gone through a recent molting phase and will re-grow their tail feathers going into autumn. The tail feather (and others) will continue to grow throughout the hunting season and into spring, making your odds of getting that big one better in the back half of the hunting season.