HEN’S TEETH. No seriously, you can trust us as we dole out some fun pheasant hen facts that aren’t hogwash in today’s Three Things. You know that saying, that today’s a gift, that’s why they call it the “present?” Well it is – especially today – so get out there and enjoy a perfect sampling of September with a full moon to back your play!
(Featured Photo: Hen’s Up! A pheasant hen peaks out from the foliage along a tar road in northern Burleigh County. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 9/6 – Play hooky today, seriously. Hi 71, Lo 40, Winds L&V
Tomorrow: Thu 9/7 – Warming up. Hi 81, Lo 49, Winds WtoN @ 6.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:10AM Sunset: 8:11PM
Moonrise: 8:41PM Moonset: 7:24AM
Overhead: 1:43AM Underfoot: 2:08PM
Moon Phase: Full @ 2:03AM
EDGE HOUR. 6:40 – 7:40AM. Light winds, cool temps, a sinking full moon and a rising sun are going to combine for a great hour on stand or in the boat. Odds are those big bucks will start shaking off their summer routines and will be tired from a night of roaming under the full moon. Go full draw with today’s Edge Hour.
IN THE CLUTCH. Did you know pheasant hens will attempt nests until they successfully carry off a hatch? Typically, a first attempt will usually have 10-14 eggs. A second attempt will be around 8-10 eggs. A third, not as many, maybe 4-6. Nests can be attempted all the way into early August, if the hen is healthy enough to keep trying.
HOMEBODIES. When the last egg is laid, the hen will sit on the nest for about 23 days, incubating them and keeping them dry through all sorts of weather, which in the late spring in ND can include wind, rain, snow and ice at the worst. When the eggs hatch, she’ll lead her brood around in cover and still work to keep them dry and warm, by tucking them under her wings and body – even sitting on them – in an effort called “brooding.”
LIVE LONG(ER) AND PROSPER. Hens typically outlive rooster pheasants on the average. Most roosters only make it about 10 months, due to hunting and predators. Hens live about 20 months on the average and if they’re lucky, beget two generations of new pheasants.