LIGHT AND VARIABLY AWESOME. If you were looking for a day to get on stand, and get sick with buck fever, this would be the one. Light winds and overcast conditions with decreasing rain will have deer moving again, and will make things comfortable for your sit. We talk about deer stands and safety in today’s Three Things.
(Reflection. Changing leaves are reflected in a large pool of water along a grouse hunting trail. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 9/26 – Your sneak-out day, clear evening! Hi 58, Lo 41, Winds L&V.
Tomorrow: Wed 9/27 – Warm, dry, sunny. Hi 70, Lo 41, Winds W@9.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:36AM Sunset: 7:31PM
Moonrise: 1:59PM Moonset 11:28PM
Overhead: 6:45PM Underfoot: 6:21AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (37% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 6:45 – 7:45AM. Sunrise with moon underfoot and incredibly calm winds with good cloud cover makes this morning an ideal one for bow hunting. On top of those factors, as things dry out, deer will be moving and looking for browse in today’s Edge Hour.
GO UP MY LAD. Ladder stands are perhaps the safest and sturdiest stand option available. Though a bit bulky and cumbersome to put up alone (we recommend an extra set of hands, or two), they are easily locked and secured to a tree and the ladder can be easily regained should you doze off and tumble out – presuming you’re wearing a harness and lanyard. So do it – in all three of these options.
HANGIN’ OUT. Hang-on stands typically have large foot platforms and a small butt seat above them, and are attached to a tree at an elevated point. They are typically accessed by step-sticks or ladder segments which are also secured to the tree, or by screw in steps.
KEEP CLIMBING. Climbing stands utilize the hunter’s weight to put pressure on a back cable and biting teeth at the base of both the foot pad and the seat/shooting rail. It is of the utmost importance that weight stay distributed in the front half of the footpad in order to prevent slipping and sliding, or potentially falling. A lineman’s rope is advised for climbers to prevent falls while ascending, where trouble can most often arise. Also, use these stands on thick-barked trees – not slick trees like certain pines, or aspens – for the best hold. Being physically fit really helps too.