DAY TWO! Here’s hoping you found some birds out there yesterday. Anecdotal reports are already showing that pheasants can be found throughout ND with a little legwork, and opener (despite the wind) was successful. Today should be better in terms of wind, so knock a few more down and take advantage of all the great places we have to hunt in ND. We talk National Wildlife Refuge Week, and all the excitement this system has to offer, in today’s Three Things.
(IN THE BAG. Friend of the edge Adam Marthaler inspects an opening day rooster pheasant south of Watford City, N.D. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 10/8 – Breezy. Hi 58, Lo 41, Winds NW@15, G25.
Tomorrow: Mon 10/9 – Autumn chill. Hi 48, Lo 34, Winds NW@11
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:52AM Sunset: 7:07PM
Moonrise: 9:22PM Moonset 11:06AM
Overhead: 3:49AM Underfoot: 4:17PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (89% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 6:30-7:30PM. Key in on those southeast shorelines and get up on stand in today’s Edge Hour, as sunset brings lessened winds and a better chance to convert. The last of the full moon wanes, so take advantage of it’s power today.
SEEKING REFUGE. Today kicks off National Wildlife Refuge week throughout the United States, running through Oct. 14. These Federally-managed parcels contain numerous lakes, rivers and trails open to public hiking, sightseeing and other recreation, and are the largest category of lands managed by the U.S. Government.
DOZENS IN ND. More than three dozen National Wildlife Refuges are located within North Dakota. Check out the fully interactive map from the Fish and Wildlife Service showcasing all the Peace Garden State has to offer.
HUNT ON. As of today, 23 of those refuges in North Dakota, and hundreds more throughout the U.S., allow hunting in various forms, subject to local refuge regulations. To find which ones are open to your preferred game, check out the FWS Refuge Hunting Map, for what really end up being untapped options for some incredible game opportunities.