YOU MADE IT! Welcome to the first day of hunting season, and the first day of September! Odds are you’ve bagged a limit of doves before you read this, or you’re reading it just before you go out this morning. Deer archery starts at noon, and you’ll want that north wind stand, as we get a slight shift at midday. We expand your deer vocabulary in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A bachelor group of four-by-four whitetail bucks makes its way along a trail in front of the camera. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 9/1 – Chance for rain overnight. Hi 84, Lo 63, Winds StoN @ 10
Tomorrow: Sat 9/2 – Ideal Saturday. Hi 84, Lo 57, Winds L&V
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:04AM Sunset: 8:21PM
Moonrise: 5:47PM Moonset: 2:20AM
Overhead: 10:29PM Underfoot: 10:04AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (80% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 9:30 – 10:30AM. A shift in the wind signals the entrance of a slight cool front around midday. Combine moon underfoot with the last hour of southerly breezes for an Edge Hour that will trigger a solid bite at mid-morning.
ODOCOILEUS. The genus of both the white-tailed and mule deer – Odocoileus – is a contraction of “odonto” meaning “tooth” and “coileus” meaning “hollow.” Obviously, this is a reference to their dental structure, and is a fun spelling stumper when you’re just sitting around in the stand.
STOTTING. Have you ever watched a mule deer on the move? That jumping motion they make when bounding away from trouble is called stotting, a means of transportation used by a number of quadrupeds (four-legged things) including pronghorn, gazelles and antelope.
FREEMARTIN. Freemartinism is a condition exhibited by approximately 1 in 10,000 (though some estimates are much lower, say 1 in 250,000) whitetail does, whereby a female of the species exhibits male traits, such as antler growth. They may also be infertile, and have both male and female chromosomal make-up. Such a doe was harvested by Trevor Bjerke near Valley City, in 2003.