CAST AWAY! There’s still time to get your fishing in, but hunting seasons are on the horizon. We’re talkin’ turkey today, as the NDG&F opens up the fall turkey season application process online.
Featured Photo: A trio of anglers cast on the calm morning waters. Simonson Photo
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 8/23 – That’s more like it! Hi 81, Lo 54, Wind SE @ 7.
Tomorrow: Thu 8/24 – Very nice again. Hi 78, Lo 55, Winds SE @ 11.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:52AM Sunset: 8:38PM
Moonrise: 8:56AM Moonset: 9:52PM
Overhead: 3:29PM Underfoot: 3:05AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (4% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 8:30 – 9:30AM. Moonrise will help trigger a bite, while falling humidity will help clear any fog out to help with navigation, and keep things comfortable, making today’s Edge Hour the last of the new moon’s influence.
GOBBLE GOBBLE. Fall Turkey Season tags were set at a total of 3,505 down just a literal handful from last season. Those wishing to hunt this fall can apply through the NDG&F online lottery system by Sept. 6.
FAB FOUR. Did you know there are four subspecies of wild turkeys found in the United States? The Eastern subspecies is found throughout the eastern half of the U.S., while the Osceola is found solely in Florida. The Merriam’s subspecies is scattered throughout the west, and the Rio Grande subspecies is found from Texas north to Kansas, and along the west coast. North Dakota boasts a populations of Merriam’s and Eastern subspecies, and the two have hybridized.
CLUTCH. Turkey hens lay 10-14 eggs in the spring, which take about 28 days to hatch. Young birds are nidifugous, which is our word of the day. Nidifugous describes those creatures that leave the nest shortly after hatching. Can I get the origin? N-I-D-I…uh… *ding* …DANG IT.