HOLD STILL. Following 50 mph wind gusts yesterday across the region and the first smattering of snow, Friday will seem downright pleasant despite colder, post-frontal temperatures taking hold in the rising pressure. Get out, take a look around, and maybe grab some time on the bow stand tonight, as winds die off and things get still. We talk calls in the wild in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A rooster pheasant pauses to assess the situation before scooting off into roadside vegetation. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 10/27 – Winds lessen. Hi 40, Lo 20, Winds NW@12.
Tomorrow: Sat 10/28 – Your day to get out! Hi 50, Lo 22, Winds L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:19AM Sunset: 6:33PM
Moonrise: 3:01PM Moonset Fol. Day
Overhead: 7:49PM Underfoot: 7:25AM
Moon Phase: First Quarter @ 5:22PM
EDGE HOUR. 6:00-7:00PM. Winds will be next to nothing for the first time in a while during today’s Edge Hour. With sunset and the first quarter moon overhead, you’ll see some deer movement tonight.
MAKE SOME NOISE. If you’re looking to add some auditory realism to your deer hunting in the upcoming weeks, check out the latest post by DEO’s Nick Simonson in “The Run Down” on the Running’s website. From rattling options to doe and buck calls, these low-priced tools will help you talk to those big bucks when the rut hits full swing in just a few days!
HUTTA WHAT? A great article by Gary Koehler for Ducks Unlimited takes hunters through the basics of talking to Canada geese. The author stresses understanding and emitting the basic calls before getting into more complex portions of the goose language.
FEELIN’ HAWKISH. Believed to help both running quail and pheasants hold still, the hawk call is an enigma and an old school tactic to keep birds in place with the fear of a nearby airborne predator. While results are anecdotal at best, it appears the call is effective enough to be simulated on a number of collars used to locate pointing dogs who have locked up on a bird.