GOLDEN DAYS. We’re in the final throes of fall color, and with many places dipping below freezing for a few hours last night, the first frost has set in for a good portion of North Dakota. Check out the reds, oranges, and yellows while you can and take advantage of one more warm autumn day today. We talk deer, ducks and declining daylight in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Golden cottonwood tops stand out beneath the badlands in the Little Missouri River Valley near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Unit. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 10/11 – Warming southern winds. Hi 62, Lo 37, Winds S@15, G24
Tomorrow: Thu 10/12 – Cool shift begins. Hi 59, Lo 40, Winds NW@14 G 25
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:57AM Sunset: 7:02PM
Moonrise: 11:55PM Moonset 2:29PM
Overhead: 6:42AM Underfoot: 7:12PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (59% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 6:30-7:30PM. Your after-work luck continues, as winds taper in the sunset hour, and a moon underfoot will add a little something extra to your fishing and hunting efforts. Close out the last warm day of the week with some outdoor success in today’s Edge Hour.
DEER TAGS STILL REMAIN. 325 antlerless whitetail firearm tags remain in three units across south-central and southwestern ND, and can be purchased online. This year, 54,500 tags were made available to hunters via the NDG&F lottery process, but all remaining tags are sold at the department’s website on a first-come, first-served basis. The season opens
RICE, RICE BABY. For the past four years, Ducks Unlimited has been working in partnership with rice farmers’ groups in the south, to secure habitat and more efficient water usage in rice production areas that also benefits wildlife and create duck habitat. Check out this great article for a different angle on DU’s efforts, showing that there’s a different side to duck conservation and its premier organization.
OCTOBER OFFING. We kill some serious time this month, especially in the next 20 days, as we lose more than an hour of daylight. If you’re looking ahead to Deer Season, just 30 days from now, we’ll be deeper in the dark, and Daylight Savings Time will have ended, effective Nov. 5. Set your hunting alarms accordingly as we approach the rut!