FLUSHING AWAY SUMMER. It had to end sometime, but lucky for us we can get back to more autumn-like activities this weekend. Winds will dominate today and drop off overnight, before it gets breezy again tomorrow. There are windows of opportunity everywhere for birds, deer and yes, even fishing, in the coming week. Be ready to take advantage as we talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Flushing pheasants head for cover in the Morton County morning light. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 10/21 – Fall Returns. Hi 57, Lo 48, Winds W@25, G 36.
Tomorrow: Sun 10/22 – Calm early morning. Hi 65, Lo 35, Winds W@16, G30.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:11AM Sunset: 6:43PM
Moonrise: 9:51AM Moonset 8:12PM
Overhead: 3:05PM Underfoot: 2:42AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (4% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 6:00-7:00PM. Winds die off suddenly at sunset, making the last hour of light your Edge Hour today. You may see an uptick in deer movement, so be on stand a bit early.
WEEKEND WIND WATCH. It’s going to be a gusty one today, but tonight winds will die off into Sunday morning. With a bit of the new moon’s power remaining, the calm hours around sunrise tomorrow may be your best bet. Deer and other animals are more active in still conditions, due to their need to avoid predators and listen for danger. It’s tough to do that when the wind is whipping through trees and grasses, adding static to their auditory field. As a result, it’s likely they stay put until conditions improve. Time your hunts accordingly.
MORE OF THE SAME? NOAA has released its Long Range Guidance for the winter of 2017-18, and it’s looking a bit like last year’s – colder and snowier for much of ND. However, the marginal La Nina which is allegedly brewing doesn’t have as much certainty this season, so these estimates may be off – take them with a grain of salt. Florida looks nice, but there’s no ice fishing there.
GOOD FOR GOTHAM, GOOD FOR ALL. Did you know that next week is Bat Week? Check out all the info from the US Fish and Wildlife Service on the most mysterious of mammalian species, and get in the Halloween spirit with your own set of bat ears. More than just selfie-stick fun, bats are celebrated in their annual week for all the insect control they do, as just one can eat hundreds of pesky mosquitoes in a night.