TEMPS RISE, DEER FALL. Ideal conditions had hunters out in droves on the first full day of the season, and today will bring more of the same as light southerlies and temps around 40 will be conducive for great deer hunting, whether walking or still. Keep your eye out for that buck – and other hunters! We talk waterfowl, weather and the ways deer hunters count headgear in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A young hunter gathers up her party’s snow goose decoys after a successful hunt near Washburn, N.D. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 11/12 – Downright balmy. Hi 40, Lo 15, Winds S@8.
Tomorrow: Mon 11/13 – Still nice. Hi 43, Lo 23, Winds S@6.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:43AM Sunset: 5:11PM
Moonrise: 1:16AM Moonset 2:57PM
Overhead: 8:12AM Underfoot: 8:36PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (30% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 2:30 – 3:30 PM. It’ll be another strong start to your afternoon sit, as light winds and moonset combine in the Edge Hour. A slight warm up will make things comfortable too.
FLOCKING, EH? The Missouri River valley is holding incredible numbers of Canada geese right now, and with the warm-up coming, they may stick around. Sandbars and nearby cut fields are harboring thousands of Canadas, along with snow geese, mallards and other waterfowl. Highway 1804 is worth a drive, if you’re looking to see an amazing number of birds.
KEEP CALM AND HUNT ON. Winds will be low for most of the week and relatively warm temperatures will dominate as we come out of the freezer for a few days, with temps possibly spiking into the 50s by next weekend. Long range models suggest a powerful cold snap by Thanksgiving, with high temperatures in the teens, that’s 20 to 30 degrees below average.
DO THE MATH. How do you say it? In many parts of the country, a buck’s total antler-point count makes up its descriptor (ie: “I shot a nine-pointer). In North Dakota, it’s predominantly referred to by each side’s count (ie: “I shot a five-by-four”). In some places, it’s even shorter, where hunters will only call the deer by one side of its rack (ie: “It was a four” – meaning four points on each side, or a four-by-four or an eight-pointer). How do you keep tabs on the deer you see and harvest each season?