UNDERHILL & OVERHILL. Sunset comes earlier and earlier, and we’re still five weeks out from the solstice. While this makes an after-work trip into the field less and less likely, it does mean you can pop right out for that night bite when things freeze solid. We’d like to say it’s going to be soon…but new model runs suggest a powerful warm up after the weekend.
(Featured Photo: Twilight takes hold along a snow-covered draw leading to the Missouri River near Bismarck, ND Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 11/8 – Afternoon flurries. Hi 23, Lo 12, Winds N@6.
Tomorrow: Thu 11/9 – Last cold day. Hi 23, Lo 7, Winds L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:37AM Sunset: 5:16PM
Moonrise: 9:49PM Moonset 12:20AM
Overhead: 4:33AM Underfoot: 5:03PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (73% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 4:30 – 5:30PM. Moon underfoot, sunset and low winds will have things lined up for a successful afternoon on stand or in the field in today’s Edge Hour. Seal the deal with Brutus the Buck before gun season starts!
EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES. The US Fish & Wildlife Service has announced expanded hunting opportunities on two refuges in North Dakota. The agency has greenlighted moose hunting on both the Des Lacs National Refuge and the Upper Souris National Refuge, and turkey hunting on the former. Upland and big game opportunities have also been increased on the latter.
YOU HAVE TWO-POINT-FIVE DAYS. That doesn’t sound as scary as the catchphrase from “the Ring” does it? Nor should it! We’re a mere 60 hours from the start of firearms deer season, and orange clothes are flying off retail shelves in a blaze blur. Time to pull out the duffel bag, get the gun case and check your ammo stock – not that you’ll need more than one shot, right deadeye?
UNWANTED THAW? With these single-digit nights, many folks were looking to hit the hardwater right after they iced their buck this weekend. But new model runs suggest an uptick in temperatures to near 50 degrees throughout some parts of the state, starting Monday. This may slow track our hard freeze and drag first (read: “safe”) ice out to later in the month. Keep your treble hooks sharp though, as snow cover and cold temps will have set a tough-to-break standard for the rest of the month.