FROST ON THE PUMPKIN. Cool, calm conditions overnight will bring a layer of frost on the ground, but that should also trigger animal movement throughout the morning for deer hunters and others taking to the field on this Halloween day. We get seasonal with one of our favorite colors, tell ghost stories for Halloween, and do a little face painting in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Happy Halloween from Dakota Edge Outdoors. Today’s hunting should be spooky good! Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 10/31 – Spookily nice. Hi 40, Lo 18, Winds SW@11.
Tomorrow: Wed 11/1 – Chance of mixed precip. Hi 45, Lo 29, Winds StoNW@11.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:25AM Sunset: 6:27PM
Moonrise: 5:08PM Moonset 3:52AM
Overhead: 11:00PM Underfoot: 10:35AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (85% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 8:30 – 9:30AM. Winds remain calm during sunrise this morning, and the stillness after two days of gusts will be the time to get out. Have a spooktacular Halloween hunt!
ORANGE. Did you know there’s no word in the English language that rhymes with orange (except door hinge, which is really two words)? A unique color in the outdoor world as well, beyond October’s pumpkins, and November’s hunting vests, orange is often seen as a trigger color by many fish, especially salmon, trout and smallmouth bass, as an orange jig, fly or other offering in many waters looks like an egg which these egg-feeders (or egg protectors – and crayfish eaters – like smallies) key in on. Like pumpkins on Halloween, never be without a supply of orange jigs or orange egg flies on your angling adventures.
BUCK IN YOUR BUCKET. There are many cool stories out there about “Halloween Bucks” – big pre-rut monsters harvested on the last day of the month, just when the rut was starting to turn on in front of the firearms season – that never showed up on camera and appeared like ghosts in front of the stand. Conditions will be right today for a bow-hunting beast, with the front already having moved through, calm winds, warm(ish) temperatures and a building full moon coming back to set the stage for rut. If you get one today, let us know – we’ll do the same!
PAINT IT UP. Since it’s Halloween, and you made it to today’s Third Thing, you’re already figuring how to sneak out of work and get on stand before the kiddos head out for a little door-to-door candy collection, you’re plotting your strategy for this afternoon. When you do, you get the choice to dress up or don some face paint. Field and Stream has a fun article on face painting patterns for turkey hunting, but they probably would work no what you’re aiming for.
We’ll trade you all our Three Musketeers for your Snicker’s bars tomorrow morning.