DIG IN. Less than a week remains in the Firearms Deer Season for North Dakota. Time to put your head down and get to it if you haven’t tagged out yet! If you have, there’s plenty to focus on, including late season upland hunting, some remaining waterfowl and of course good reading. We talk ruffed grouse, Montana’s disease issues and what’s plaguing pallid sturgeon in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A buck makes a quick stop at what remains of a mineral lick. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 11/21 – Cold with fading gusts. Hi 21, Lo 14, Winds NW@25to10.
Tomorrow: Wed 11/22 – A warmup begins. Hi 50, Lo 25, Winds SW@15.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:56AM Sunset: 5:02PM
Moonrise: 10:30AM Moonset 7:45PM
Overhead: 3:08PM Underfoot: 2:44PM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (10% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 2:30-3:30PM. Winds start to taper in today’s Edge Hour and moon underfoot will provide a bump in the action in an otherwise challenging day.
GETTING RUFF. The NDG&F provides a detailed account of its new partnership with the ND Forestry Service to better manage forests for ruffed grouse in the state’s northern tier. Through a forestry management program, clear cutting and harvest of timber will help provide new growth for not only the state’s ruffed grouse population, but other wildlife as well.
MT CWD. A Montana deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). With that, the NDG&F will place restrictions on transport for deer harvested in Montana and brought back into North Dakota by hunters.
CAN’T BREATHE. A recent study by the USGS and other partner groups in Montana have pinpointed the reason for decline in pallid sturgeon in the Missouri River. As it turns out, oxygen loss due to sedimentation in the river resulting from dams severely impairs the ability of drifting pallid sturgeon eggs to grow and hatch into fry.