SEE YOUR BREATH! It was a chilly evening on stand last night and those conditions will persist today, minus the snow flurries. In what will be the calmest and coolest stretch of weather for a while, tonight may be your best bet for that buck before things get moving with deer opener tomorrow! We talk about that and more, in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Heaven’s Gate. Low hanging gray clouds settle in above the deer-rich Heart River Valley on Wednesday evening in Morton County, N.D. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 11/9 – Chilly but calm. Hi 17, Lo 7, Winds L&V.
Tomorrow: Fri 11/10 – Breezy Deer Opener. Hi 32, Lo 14, Winds S@15, G25.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:38AM Sunset: 5:15PM
Moonrise: 10:57PM Moonset 1:10PM
Overhead: 5:33AM Underfoot: 6:01PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (62% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 4:45-5:45PM. Light winds, sunset and the edge of the moon underfoot will make for a good Edge Hour. It’s your last chance for a quiet sit, before the chaos and excitement of gun season kicks in!
36 HOURS TO GO! We’re down to a day and a half before the most heralded season in the outdoors. Deer Opener, like you need to be told one more time, is tomorrow, Fri. Nov. 10 at noon. We were curious as to why ND’s gun season (and all deer seasons, for that matter) start with the half day on Friday, and got the full scoop. Read up!
THIN ICE WARNING. While we’ve already hinted at it, it needs to be reiterated – the ice out there simply isn’t safe, and probably won’t get much better once next week’s warmer temperatures settle in. Use this quick pictorial guide to help you assess the situation, and remember that clear ice formed by calm cold nights is the strongest, and melted and refrozen ice is weaker.
RUSH HOUR. Odds are you’ve felt it when that big buck came into view. You may have overcome it and hit the mark, you may have missed, but the surge of adrenaline triggered by the excitement of the hunt is tough to control. This “buck fever” can be combated through a well-practiced shot and getting used to the rush of a close encounter – the more you shoot, the more you hunt, the less it will impact your results…hopefully.