WIDE OPEN! Congrats! You made it to another deer opener! The last of the cold stretch wraps up this morning as southerlies blow warmer temperatures in for the start of the season. You’ll have enough snow to track your deer, but it won’t stick around much longer, like the fleeing flocks of geese overhead. We talk final prep and other hunting topics as you read today’s Three Things from your pickup or blind, waiting for those hands to be straight up!
(Featured Photo: Chill? Out. A flock of snow geese head south in the clear and calm of Thursday afternoon. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 11/10 – Breezy Deer Opener. Hi 32, Lo 14, Winds S@15, G25.
Tomorrow: Sat 11/11 – Thank You Vets! Hi 32, Lo 20, Winds NW@7.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:40AM Sunset: 5:13PM
Moonrise: Fol. Day Moonset 1:52PM
Overhead: 6:29AM Underfoot: 6:56PM
Moon Phase: Last Quarter at 2:56PM
EDGE HOUR. 1:30 – 2:30PM. For those hunting deer, activity in the field during the first hour or so will have animals moving in today’s Edge Hour. Moonset may help some, but watch for that big buck to take refuge and be ready for anything this afternoon
LET’S GET TO IT! Welcome to the 2017 Firearms Deer Opener – the day you’ve been waiting for since you checked your online results back in June. Have a safe and successful hunt today and until you finish out the season. Know your target and what lies behind and around it – think twice, shoot once. Defer to your better judgment and stay within the rules. Save the celebration for after sunset. That covers it! Go forth, and tag a big one, but more importantly, make some great memories!
WHAT’S NEXT? There is life after Deer Season, and thankfully the NDG&F has released the schedule! Check out all the upcoming Advisory Board Meetings throughout the state’s eight districs, as agents of the NDG&F Dept. will be on hand to answer questions and provide guidance going into the new year. Find one near you and weigh in on things that concern you – from habitat to hunting seasons. Bismarck’s District (#7) will be at the Wilton City Community Hall on Dec. 5 at 7pm.
WITH A ‘B’ The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service conducted a study in 2011 which revealed that hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation such as hiking, visiting parks, watching wildlife, birding and other related activities and their spend are worth $144 Billion to the U.S. economy. I think I spent that much on ammo alone just sighting in my new rifle!