MAKE IT A THREE DAY! Light winds, above-average temps and a full moon will meet hunters for the first weekend of North Dakota’s deer muzzleloader season. Whatever you’re chasing in the field – deer, upland or the last of waterfowl – this is about as ideal as you’re going to get in December! After Sunday, a cold front pushes through, driving temperatures down and winds back up! We talk about muzzleloader and more in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Tailgater. Ole stands guard over a nice rooster taken near St. Anthony, ND on a PLOTS parcel. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 12/1 – Continued warmth. Hi 48, Lo 26, Winds W@9.
Tomorrow: Sat 12/2 – Carbon copy. Hi 49, Lo 27, Winds S@6.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:08AM Sunset: 4:56PM
Moonrise: 4:07PM Moonset 5:15AM
Overhead: 11:13PM Underfoot: 10:45AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (94% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:00-5:00PM. Sunset and moonrise begin to line up in today’s Edge Hour as the full moon builds. Get on stand all weekend as these conditions persist through Sunday!
MUZZLE BLAST. The final ND deer season kicks off at noon today, as 16.5 days of muzzleloader fun begins and runs until Dec. 17. For those lucky enough to draw a tag, many good opportunities still remain to harvest a deer in this late season. Check out all the requirements and regulations in the NDG&F Department’s Deer Hunting Guide.
PAYBACK. The NDG&F celebrates the vast array of volunteers that not only help the agency carry out its sponsored firearms safety courses, but also other great programs that hunters, anglers, conservationists and others give back to by providing leadership to new and developing outdoors enthusiasts. Check out this week’s installment of the North Dakota Outdoors webcast honoring these giving folks.
WANICOKAN WI. The approaching December full moon was known to the Lakota people as the “moon when the deer shed their antlers.” For many other northern-tier tribes, this Sunday’s full moon is fittingly known as the frost, winter or cold moon. We miss a blue moon by 16 hours or so, with the next full moon coming on New Year’s Day.