AUTUMN OSCILLATION. If you don’t like the weather in North Dakota, wait five minutes, it’ll change…then you’ll really hate it. Gusts are rising today and shifting winds will leave you questioning what deer stand to use (if any at all?!), or what side of the field the birds will come in on. Some wild weather – and wildlife clubs – are big news in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo. A rooster pheasant emerges from wet vegetation on Wednesday morning following rains that swept over the eastern portion of the state from Bismarck to Fargo. Highest totals fell in the Southeast corner making up for nearly an entire dry summer’s worth of precip in one 24-hour span in some places. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 9/21 – Shifting winds, mild. Hi 75, Lo 50, Winds S@20 to N@10, G30.
Tomorrow: Fri 9/22 – Northern breezes. Hi 70, Lo 50, Winds N@15, G25
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:30AM Sunset: 7:41PM
Moonrise: 8:53AM Moonset 8:46PM
Overhead: 2:54PM Underfoot: 2:31AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (2% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 8:30 – 9:30 AM. Snag moonrise and light(er) winds for today for some activity under the surface or on stand. Today’s Edge Hour might be your last shot for some decent outdoors time before wind, rain and unpredictability take over for much of the weekend.
SOUTHEAST SOAKER. Tuesday into Wednesday left a good chunk of Barnes and Cass Counties soaked as anywhere from 4 to 6 – and in some cases 8 – inches of rain fell across the region. Expect spikes in the Sheyenne River, Red River and the prairie potholes of those counties to alter your fishing and hunting efforts in the next couple of weeks.
RECHARGE COMING. Those wetlands in the SE will be more than “fair” to duck hunters this weekend with the rush of incoming rain water. Most waterfowlers will find some distance between the water’s edge and cattail and other cover on the side of their favorite sloughs due to dry conditions throughout most of the state this summer – but late-summer rains have helped keep it manageable.
PART OF SOMETHING BIG. Wildlife clubs of all sorts get it done across North Dakota. From Barnes County to Bottineau, local efforts make a big difference in terms of habitat, youth involvement and clean water and lands. Learn more in this week’s NDG&F Webcast.