CHICKEN? CHANTERELLE? COULDN’T TELL! By no means experts on fungi or foraging, when we see something on the ground that’s bright orange, we leave it be! We talk about what orange in the outdoors means in today’s Three Things, and leave the foraging to our foodie friends!
(Blazing Fungus. A bright orange fungus resembling chicken of the woods (but not on a tree), or possibly chanterelle (but we weren’t that hungry) pokes out of the ground along a hunting trail. Better safe than sorry. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 9/29 – A Fine Friday. Hi 67, Lo 44, Winds SE@8.
Tomorrow: Sat 9/30 – Gusty southerlies. Hi 70, Lo 50, Winds S@24, G31.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:40AM Sunset: 7:25PM
Moonrise: 4:24PM Moonset 1:01AM
Overhead: 9:09PM Underfoot: 8:44AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (65% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 8:00 – 9:00AM. Light winds will rule the front two-thirds of the day, and sunrise combined with moon underfoot will give you an advantage in today’s Edge Hour. Watch for increased movement coming off the sunrise hour and again into mid-morning for deer and other game.
DON’T EAT ME. Orange colors among creatures in nature, particularly insects, usually mean they are poisonous or at the very least, bad tasting and serve as a warning. Species like monarch butterflies or ladybugs have bad-tasting compounds in their system and turn off predators via aposematism. These foul flavors typically result from the food sources the bugs consume, like in the case of the monarch, the milkweed plant which is very bitter.
IN SIGHT. During deer season in North Dakota, all hunters must wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange material in a shirt, jacket or vest and hat. This also applies to bow hunters during the deer firearms season. Blaze orange with any camo pattern (a/k/a “Minnesota camo”) does not count. Blaze orange made its appearance on the hunting scene in the US through state required use in the 1970s and 80s, depending on jurisdiction.
DEER GOGGLES ON. Deer can’t see the blaze orange hue now used by modern hunters for safety purposes. A great article from the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) puts the science behind the sight lines in relation to the season’s most heralded hallmark and just how it’s possible we can see it but they can’t.
Stay Seen, Stay Sharp!