THE CAT’S MEOW. Take today by the horns, or antlers as it were, and get out on your bow stand. Cold temps and calm winds will have bucks on the move, particularly right before the big change coming in the weather on Friday. Watch for them moving between deep cover along their rut paths, where rubs and scrapes mark the way. We talk more about that in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A stand of cattails awaits a breeze to blow more loosened seeds into the air. This thermal cover is a first-check spot for pheasants and deer as things get colder. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 11/2 – Calm before the storm. Hi 36, Lo 25, Winds N@8.
Tomorrow: Fri 11/3 – 4 inches of snow possible. Hi 30, Lo 23, Wind E@13, G20
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:28AM Sunset: 6:24PM
Moonrise: 6:07PM Moonset 6:13AM
Overhead: Fol. Day Underfoot: 12:15PM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (97% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:45-6:45PM. Sunset, moonrise and low winds will provide you with an epic Edge Hour this evening. With the full moon building, you’ll want to be out there at the end of the day.
ON THE MOVE. Assessing a deer trail is as easy as identifying the ends and following the marks in the middle. Food sources like standing crops, food plots and even crabapple trees on the landscape are typically a destination point, as are areas of cover like thick brush or dry sloughs. Look for bedding areas in the cover to confirm, and follow the pattern you find on those unfortunate saplings between bed and breakfast. If all the rubs are all on the western-facing part of the trunks, Brutus probably heads east on a regular basis – set up a blind or hang a stand to intercept him!
LATE ALREADY? True to the whiz kids’ predictions (thus far) based on the NOAA ENSO Forecast, it appears things are setting up colder already. Where last year’s deer firearms season featured some days in the sixties and seventies, there’s no such signal in our near term forecast. Watch for animals to already be keying in on “late season habitat” during your hunts – again, cattails, deep thermal cover and thick brush they can bunker down in. While rut is primarily triggered by daylight levels, there’s no doubt a cold snap helps too.
IT’S WHAT YOU SNOW. Use this week’s snow to take a walk in the woods on Sunday or Monday, and get an idea of deer travel in your hunting area leading up to gun opener next Friday. Watch your scent, hit the high light periods of the day and do it early in the week to avoid spooking deer just before the season starts. Get those trails figured out now, as we may lose that white ground cover with highs in the 40s just before the opening hour.
Weather, habitat, hunting. Put it all together and Stay Sharp!