CHILL OUT. It’ll be a nice Sunday, but cooler than what you enjoyed yesterday. When you get home from the lake, you can get your gear ready for hunting seasons which open in just under two weeks. We address those and give you some final tips to get ready for doves, deer and partridge/grouse openers that are coming up.
(Featured Photo: Grasses in a native prairie planting sway with the wind on Saturday afternoon. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 8/20 – Cooler. Hi 79, Lo 58, Winds N @ 10
Tomorrow: Mon 8/21 – Clouds for eclipse? Hi 77 Lo 55, Winds S to N @ 10
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:48AM Sunset: 8:43PM
Moonrise: 5:22AM Moonset: 8:13PM
Overhead: 12:52PM Underfoot: 12:24AM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (2% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 8:00 – 9:00PM – A cold front will mix things up today, so use the power of both sunset and moonset and almost new moon to trigger a late day bite during the Edge Hour. The drop in temp and winds shifting to the north will require you to look deeper once again, as August’s unstable air continues.
DO-IT DOVES. If you’re hunting during the day, it’s tough to beat strolling along a shelterbelt for mourning doves, particularly those tree stands along small grain fields. The gray and white flash and rapid cooing signals a dove – if you see gold, it’s a flicker that often rests in the same habitat, so hold off! Getting your steps in over the uneven terrain will also help you get ready for the rest of the upland season. Sure, it’s not leisurely waiting around a stock pond for the evening flight, but there aren’t as many mosquitoes!
ANTLER CHECK. The last two weeks of summer give you a chance to take stock of the bucks that are moving through your bow hunting areas. This week or next, make a sneaky trip out to your trail cameras before the bow opener to see what’s been moving through. Pattern the deer accordingly, because even in this disjointed summer of cool-hot-cool, they’ll stick to those patterns for another week or two after the season starts on Sept. 1
GOING FOR GROUSE. Start sizing up your grouse hunting areas now for the opener. While you might not be able to see your quarry in the grassy and brushy edge habitat, you can get a good gauge of habitat conditions (has it been hayed, is it thin and dry, or did it rebound from recent rains?) that will help get you pointed in the right direction for sharpies and huns on Sept. 9.