DON’T BE A WIMP. While geese are pre-programmed to head south as their waters lock up for the winter, you don’t have to bail on some of the season’s best days which are yet to come. New temperature model runs show this week holding cooler than average, keeping some tracking snow on the ground and deer in the mood. At some point, we have to start thinking ice fishing, with temps in some parts of the state dipping into the single digits at night. But we’re still focused on deer as part of today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A flock of Canada geese fly low over the Missouri River between Burleigh and Morton County, as thousands of Canada and snow geese moved through the area on Sunday. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 11/6 – Flurries all day. Hi 26, Lo 16, Winds N@10
Tomorrow: Tue 11/7 – Calm, clear and cold to start. Hi 28, Lo 9, Winds SW@10
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:34AM Sunset: 5:19PM
Moonrise: 7:48PM Moonset 10:13AM
Overhead: 2:32AM Underfoot: 3:02PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (91% Full)
EDGE HOUR. The rut is on, and this morning’s calm conditions during the Edge Hour will give you a chance to call Ol’ Otis in. Break out the bleat can and the grunt call and stick that big buck – but dress warm!
FOUR POINT FIVE. Just four and a half days until the ND Firearms Deer Season kicks off at noon on Friday (11/10). Start your final gear checklist now so it’s ready when you bail for camp on Thursday, or hit the field Friday: rifle, blaze orange vest, hat, gloves and everything else to stay warm. Don’t forget to let a family member or neighbor know where you’re going, and leave a map as to your location. Remember the ultimate safety tip – know your target, and what lies around and beyond your shot line. Think twice, shoot once.
FIT TO BE TIED. Getting started in fly tying is easy, when you know the right place to go! One of the best online courses available, the “Beginners Tying” by Al Campbell at flyanglersonline.com is home to dozens of patterns to help you get the basics of the craft down. From there, prior to his death, Campbell put together a complete Intermediate Tying course, and a partial Advanced Course. Check out all the other great features that FAOL has!
UNDER COVER. For daily updates on snow cover this winter, and cool, customizable animations (when spring is here and you can look back and laugh), visit the NOAA Upper Midwest Snow Cover Page. With more than just cover, the options include snowfall and snow melt (the fun one in spring). You will want to watch the latter, as models are now hinting at a warm up a week from today which might take care of any ground cover.