WELCOME TO NOVEMBER! The month of hard-core hunters, scraggly deer beards, and battling the elements has arrived! Forget what the Christmas carol says, this is the most wonderful time of the year! It looks like rut will be hitting hard in the next few days as a colder pattern takes hold just in front of the deer opener. We talk about that and one of our favorite patron saints in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Take the one in the middle. A group of bucks pass in front of the trail camera on a calm afternoon. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 11/1 – Chance of mixed precip. Hi 45, Lo 29, Winds NW@10.
Tomorrow: Thu 11/2 – A nice day for the field. Hi 36, Lo 25, Winds N@8.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:27AM Sunset: 6:26PM
Moonrise: 5:37PM Moonset 5:01AM
Overhead: 11:49PM Underfoot: 11:24AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (92% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 5:30 – 6:30PM. Moonrise and sunset start to line up in today’s Edge Hour as the moon nears its full phase. Light evening winds and lessening chances for rain will make getting out there easier too.
ALL SAINTS’ DAY. The day following Halloween is known as All Saints’ Day and no saint is more known to hunters (particularly in Europe) than St. Hubertus (or Hubert, as he was known to his friends in the 600s). As the story goes, Hubertus was on the hunt the morning of Good Friday (don’t worry, it was in season back then), when he saw a glowing cross between the antlers of a magnificent stag and heard the voice of God commanding him to turn to the church. Giving up all his possessions, land and titles, (including a nice Matthews Z7), he did. St. Hubertus was one of the earliest proponents of fair chase, not shooting a doe with a fawn, selective harvest and making each killing shot one that was quick, clean and humane.
CHILL OUT. Cool conditions will dominate the next two weeks, as NOAA’s long range forecast shows a chilly chunk of air settling in over the pacific northwest into the northern great plains, and the jet stream holds in a pattern that cuts the country roughly in half, with warm conditions persisting south and east of it. Watch for these cooler conditions to trigger rutting activity in earnest among ND’s deer populations in the coming days.
A DAY LATE. Check out some spooky deep-sea fish and other creatures caught by Russian troller (not the political kind) @rfedortsov. A deep-sea angler, Fedortsov shares the many, umm…unique, species brought to the surface on his commercial fishing vessel.