THE UNOFFICIAL START OF FALL! If summer’s end is unofficially Labor Day, then it’s also the start of fall. So much hunting to do, and so little time. We lay out the map for success and talk about other random fun stuff, while getting a tad nerdy and science-fictiony in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Long Shadows. Even this little grasshopper casts a long shadow in the waning hours of summer’s final days. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 9/5 – Cooler, Breezy. Hi 68, Lo 45, Winds N @ 14, G22
Tomorrow: Wed 9/6 – Gorgeous Day. Hi 71, Lo 40, Winds L&V
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:09AM Sunset: 8:13PM
Moonrise: 8:12PM Moonset: 6:16AM
Overhead: 12:55AM Underfoot: 1:19PM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (99% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 6:40 – 7:40AM. Winds will be lightest at dawn, and with the setting moon expect a hot bite and a good deal of deer movement after yesterday’s gusts. Get on the south side of the water or in your “north wind” stand early and capitalize on today’s Edge Hour for your best chances.
I DO LOVE MAPS. While it won’t show you the secret entrance to Erebor (I know, I know. Nerd.) the online NDG&F PLOTS map is just a spectacular tool for locating public lands to hunt on, which is as valuable as finding Thror’s gold (okay, last Middle Earth reference, I promise). With topo or satellite underlays, you can not only pinpoint the piece of public access you want to be on, but you can also see that spot-on-a-spot, like a water hole, copse of trees, and sometimes even deer trails to help guide your hunt. It’s also free, which is good.
LET’S X IT UP. If you’re looking for a challenge on Saturday and want to insert a little extreme running into your grouse and partridge weekend, look no further than the Bakken X-Trek. An extreme 5K course with obstacles of the wet, muddy, slip-n-slide and monkey-bar kind along with about 25 others. Registration is open through Saturday (9/9) for $65 per person, or $250 for a team of six. There’s a kids’ obstacle 1 miler as well.
AFTER MANKIND. Remember the Will Smith movie “I am Legend” where animals run the streets of New York City after a biohazard turns everyone into zombies? There’s a real version of that taking place around the old Chernobyl reactor in Russia (minus the zombies). In the past 30 years, deer, boars, wolves and other wildlife have taken over the area now devoid of human life due to a massive “exclusion zone” around the highly radioactive remnants of the facility and surrounding community. Check out the cool story from National Geographic. It’s not open to hunting and it’ll be a few centuries before the radiation level is safe in the local venison stock.
So anyhow…Sauron, Smaug, Smeagol, Strider…and Stay Sharp my fellow hunting and fishing nerds.