STEP INTO CHRISTMAS. What’s on your wish list this year? If you continue to be humping it through the grasses, sloughs and creek draws of North Dakota this weekend, we’re guessing a deer is still on it! The major moon phases start to fall on the weekends again, beginning a solid 48 hours of hunting. So take advantage of the power of the new moon and bag that buck, or get some pheasant hunting in, as light winds will help dogs out. We talk ducks, deer and some dang hard trees in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Lights out! A colorful rooster pheasant makes up for the inactive Christmas lights strung up on a set of farmhouse shrubs. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 11/18 – Live in the moment! Hi 30, Lo 20. Winds NW@11.
Tomorrow: Sun 11/19 – Westerlies & warmth. Hi 45, Lo 20. Winds W@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:51AM Sunset: 5:05PM
Moonrise: 7:43AM Moonset 5:44PM
Overhead: 12:46PM Underfoot: 12:23
Moon Phase: New @ 5:42AM
EDGE HOUR. 7:20-8:20AM. The rising new moon and sunrise align to start off a great weekend of hunting in today’s Edge Hour. You’ll want to be in the field early today!
WHERE DO THEY GO? Ducks Unlimited has a great article on the wintering patterns – and habitat needs – of migratory waterfowl. Find out where ducks and geese head to when things get cold up our way, and how the efforts that DU undertakes in their winter homes influences their well being throughout the rest of the year, and impacts recruitment in the spring.
PROCESSING DEER. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Meagan Racey shares the conflict of a first deer hunt, and embodies those feelings that all sportsmen and women should share in the process of harvesting an animal. Her “From the Desk of a Novice Sportswoman” blog provides a unique perspective on a number of wildlife and conservation issues.
A RUN FOR THE BORDER. Just across the line into Lemmon, S.D. sits the Petrified Wood Park, as reviewed by Atlas Obscura. With many structures built from petrified wood, nearly an entire city block in the downtown area features structures and exhibits made from these ancient trees and fossils of other life forms including dinosaurs, snakes and birds.