SUPER SATURDAY. How about that? The calmest day of the week falls on a Saturday. If you aren’t out there getting some sort of hunting in (or maybe some fishing later in the day when it warms up) you probably don’t have a pulse! If that is the case, Halloween is only a few days away, and you’ll fit right in with some of our natural friends; we talk about that and more, in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: It’ll be a calm day in the woods, or on the field edge, or even afloat on the water. Wherever your day takes you, enjoy it! Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 10/28 – Your day to get out! Hi 48, Lo 20, Winds L&V.
Tomorrow: Sun 10/29 – Chance of rain. Hi 48, Lo 37, Winds NW@22, G33
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:21AM Sunset: 6:32PM
Moonrise: 3:37PM Moonset 12:40AM
Overhead: 8:36PM Underfoot: 8:12AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (58% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 7:45-8:45AM. Calm and crisp conditions start the day, and moon underfoot will give you an advantage in today’s Edge Hour. The evening will be ideal for any outdoor activity…except raking leaves, let tomorrow’s wind take care of them.
THE OLD RITUAL. Peterson’s Hunting from last year details the “traditions” of taking a bite from the still-warm heart of a person’s first deer, or drinking a cup of its blood. While whispers among our hunting buddies of these coming-of-hunting-age acts still come to light around the campfire this time of year, it’s perhaps more Hollywood’s hunting tradition than a hunting woods’ tradition.
RATE UP, STAY PUT. Despite exhibiting significantly increased heart rates in response to wolf calls, Canadian whitetail deer fawns remained bedded. According to a study published in the Canadian Journal of Zoology, fawns remained bedded despite heart beat rates of 225 per minute, further establishing that the best defense for young deer is to stay put, blend in with their surroundings and wait out the threat.
WINTER SLOW DOWN. File this in your upcoming “Night of the Living Dead” folder. Round about now, terrestrial frogs in North Dakota, such as the wood frog or spring peeper, which don’t over-winter in water like northern leopard frogs, simply bury themselves as deep as they can in leaf litter or logs, and wait out the cold…by freezing (almost) solid. In the spring, when the area around them thaws, so do they…and they come back to life. A high concentration of glucose in their vital organs prevent them from freezing, and when the body warms, the systems kick back into motion.