GUSTS & MUSTS. While it will be a windy day, for hundreds of youth it will be a must-hunt day, as ND’s Youth Pheasant weekend kicks off. While conditions won’t be ideal, there are still a lot of great opportunities out there to find roosters and there will definitely be some wind for dogs to play scent. We get into some youth weekend goals and activities in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: This weekend is all about the kids, as ND’s Youth Pheasant Weekend celebrates two days of getting young wingshooters in the field. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 9/30 – Gusty southerlies. Hi 70, Lo 50, Winds S@24, G31.
Tomorrow: Sun 10/1 – Shifting winds. Hi 62, Lo 50, Winds SE@10 to W@20.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:42AM Sunset: 7:23PM
Moonrise: 5:03PM Moonset 1:56AM
Overhead: 9:57PM Underfoot: 9:33AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (74% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 7:30-8:30AM. Sunrise hour will be your saving grace today, as winds are expected to be the lightest at Saturday’s start. Gusts rise quickly and blow throughout the day, so take advantage of the Edge Hour.
JUST FOR YOUTH. Today kicks off North Dakota’s Youth Pheasant Weekend. Hunters age 15 and younger with firearms safety certificates and proper licensure can hunt roosters statewide while in the company of an adult who is not carrying a firearm. Easily one of our favorite weekends of the year here at DEO, the two-day special season helps introduce new hunters to the pastime of wingshooting, with relatively plentiful and unpressured birds! Shooting opportunities like that build life-long hunters.
NO PRESSURE. The great thing about any youth hunting weekend is that it puts kids first. When out with new hunters stress the entirety of the hunt, not just the shooting or bagging of a bird. Talk about how a dog works scent, how habitat influences bird populations and where roosters relate to it during different times of the day. When a young hunter slows down, gets tired, or otherwise wants to wrap it up, so should you. Keep it fun and on the new hunters’ terms and they’ll come back.
OTHER ELEMENTS. Help new hunters get a feel for the shot – or get in a few shots if you don’t see any birds – by patterning a shotgun before the hunt or shooting some clays afterward. There’s something fun and exciting about shooting a gun they’ve been properly trained to use but might not have had a whole lot of opportunity to. The physics of the process – from ignition of the powder, the function of a choke and the flight of wad and pellets – is a fun field-science lesson to share as well, so try a bunch of patterning shots at different distances or with different chokes to explain it “in real life.”
Be Safe. Have Fun. Stay Sharp!