HIT AND MISS. There’s a spotty chance of showers this afternoon. Good for areas climbing their way out of the drought. We address that topic, its impact on upland birds and how you can help habitat in Today’s Three Things!
(Featured Photo: A rooster pheasant makes its way between grassy stands north of Bismarck. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 8/25 – Spotty shot at showers. Hi 78, Lo 59, Winds SE @ 10
Tomorrow: Sat 8/26 – Super Saturday! Hi 80, Lo 60, Winds N @ 5
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:55AM Sunset: 8:34PM
Moonrise: 11:10AM Moonset: 10:46PM
Overhead: 5:02PM Underfoot: 4:40AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (17% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 6:00 – 7:00AM. Sunrise is your best bet for a solid bite. Clouds will build in early, so you’ll have sky conditions in your favor as well before the chance for rain and t-storms roll in during the afternoon.
SWEET RELIEF. This week’s indicator shows much of the state dropping out of exceptional and extreme drought, save for the far northwest corner of the state and lingering conditions in the far west. Recent rains have helped the central stretch of the state, and continued rainfall will help drought conditions abate.
IMPACT. The NDG&F shows what influence drought conditions can have on upland game recruitment in this week’s North Dakota Outdoors webcast. While DEO broke the story early on in the brood survey, continued observations point to significantly lowered brood numbers and clutch sizes, particularly in the southwest for not only pheasants, but also grouse and partridge.
HABITAT HELP. With CRP acres still up in the air with the coming Farm Bill not yet finalized, landowners can look into other habitat programs to help upland game, big game and watchable wildlife through the NDG&F Dept. or a Pheasants Forever Regional Rep. Both can help identify cost-saving conservation plans that preserve marginal lands, prevent water pollution, and provide habitat for wildlife.