NOCKED & LOADED. If you’re up reading this, you’re probably headed out at first light for a sit on stand. Good choice! This morning will be the calmest, coolest portion of the weekend. Heat returns for Sunday on shifting winds in front of a Labor Day cooldown and sustained northerlies. We load you up on the latest outdoor news and get you ready for the holiday weekend in today’s Three Things.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 9/2 – A good stand morning. Hi 83, Lo 56, Winds N @ 11.
Tomorrow: Sun 9/3 – Fishing day. Hi 93, Lo 57, Winds SEtoNW @ 24, G31.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:05AM Sunset: 8:19PM
Moonrise: 6:29PM Moonset: 3:13AM
Overhead: 11:17PM Underfoot: 10:53AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (87% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 6:00-7:00PM Winds will shift to the north in the evening and moonrise may trigger deer movement and a bite. If you’re designating a part of your weekend outdoors, Saturday is a sure bet and this Edge Hour will be a good time to get on ‘em!
LOADED MAGAZINE. Chock full of great hunting stories and primers for seasons just underway and those to come, the NDG&F has released the Aug/Sep. issue of North Dakota Outdoors online. Of particular interest is Jeb Williams’ preview of all hunting seasons in ND, which calls for a pheasant season similar to 2013 (~447,000 birds harvested), out ahead of the brood survey.
NATURAL DIVIDENDS. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has released a report and a number of related articles on how investing in the protection of nature and natural resources such as wetlands, water, and sustainable fisheries benefits the average American. From stress release in the aesthetics of the wild, to the provision of food and drinking water, the FWS touts recent economic numbers as just the tip of the iceberg as to what nature provides us.
WILDLIFE IN WATER. Beyond the snakes and alligators that found themselves at home in expanding waters in Southeast Texas during Hurricane Harvey’s wrath, many reported seeing deer fleeing the area, and a number of rescuers were able to help lift fawns and even a decent 4×4 whitetail buck out of harm’s way.