PATTERNING. These quick swipes of cool air will break those bucks’ summer patterns right up! Today and yesterday certainly signal a shift toward fall, and deer will notice as well. Watch for movement tonight around sunset, and throughout the early morning tomorrow as deer come out of their bunkers to forage in the relative calm, right under you, all camo’d up in your stand!
(Featured Photo: Fall Colors. Camo isn’t just a fashion statement these days, the patterns part and parcel for a successful hunt. We talk about a trio of the industry’s most notable camo configuration in today’s Three Things. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 9/16 – Post-frontal chill. Hi 55, Lo 46, Wind NW @ 10.
Tomorrow: Sun 9/17 – A gorgeous fall day. Hi 65, Lo 40, Wind WtoS @ 8.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:23AM Sunset: 7:51PM
Moonrise: 3:07AM Moonset: 6:09PM
Overhead: 10:42AM Underfoot: 11:10PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (15% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 6:00-7:00PM Winds taper and the scattered chance of rain subsides by sunset. Combine that and moonset for a salvageable night on stand, or a quick bite on the lunar uptick in today’s Edge Hour, but break out the warm deer hunting clothes for your sit!
CLASSIC CAMO. There was a time when it was simply black, brown and green available to the hunting public. The classic military camo pattern – known as “ERDL” for Engineering Research & Development Laboratories which designed it – has been around for almost 70 years for military and later hunting purposes. It has now infiltrated even high fashion, with this pattern rising in the early 2000s and becoming chic in pinks, grey-and-black or hues of blue.
TO THE MAX. Perhaps the best-known camo pattern among both modern waterfowlers and bow hunters is Bill Jordan’s Max HD pattern under his Realtree brand. With a semi-solid pattern in the back such as tree bark, with fore patterns of twigs and leaves up front, the arrangement is very effective. Now with several iterations under its belt, the Max HD line (now at Max HD-5) survived a number of close calls to become quite successful.
GET DIGITAL. Digital camouflage patterns rose in popularity after Desert Storm and other middle-east military action, and have now become a favorite backdrop on casual camo patterns. However, the jury is still out on their effectiveness in the wild, as the digital pattern was initially designed to mess with night-vision binocs and goggles and according to some “looks blocky” to wildlife, and out-of-the-ordinary. It still looks cool.
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