YOU’RE NUTS! This little red squirrel was surprised anyone was out walking the grouse trails in recent rains, as it too sought shelter under the pine canopy from the constant precipitation. We get a bit squirrelly in today’s Three Things and drool over the near perfect fall days on tap for today and tomorrow!
(Featured Photo: Red Squirrel, Gray Skies. A red squirrel takes shelter in the boughs of a pine tree during a rainy afternoon. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 9/27 – Summerlike flashback. Hi 70, Lo 41, Winds NW@9.
Tomorrow: Thu 9/28 – Carbon copy! Hi 69, Lo 43, Winds NW@9.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:38AM Sunset: 7:29PM
Moonrise: 2:52PM Moonset Fol. Day
Overhead: 7:32PM Underfoot: 7:08AM
Moon Phase: First Quarter 9:53PM
EDGE HOUR. 7:00 – 8:00PM. Tap into the first quarter moon being overhead, along with a sunset and a warm evening for late September – not to mention calm winds – and you’ve got all the makings of an epic time outdoors. Whether you’re hunting, fishing or just taking a hike, everything’s there to make your time outside ideal in this evening’s Edge Hour.
SQUIRRELED AWAY. Three squirrel species can be readily found in North Dakota – the eastern gray, fox and red. Gray and fox squirrels can be found distributed throughout city parks, woodlots, river bottoms and other areas where tree cover is established throughout the state. Red squirrels, the smallest of the three species, are found in the northeastern corner of the state in forested areas and along the Red River corridor.
FLIGHTY AT BEST. It is believed that northern flying squirrels also call North Dakota home, though observation of the tree-top gliding species are anecdotal at best, due in part to its nocturnal nature. Chuck Lura of Prairie Public had a good expose on these odd little creatures, and while the Red River corridor brushes the eastern edge of the animal’s Minnesota Range, areas like the Turtle Mountains might still be sketchy for these critters.
THE HUNT IS ON. Squirrel season typically kicks off in conjunction with grouse and partridge opener the second Saturday in September, though it is not nearly as popular as it is down south. Below the Mason-Dixon line, squirrel hunting opener is as big to some as pheasant opener is up here and commands large family gatherings and religious walks through the woods. In North Dakota, the daily limit is 4 and possession limit is 12. The species are frequently hunted with .22 rifles and smaller shotguns like the .410 or 20 gauge.