THE HARDEST PART. As Tom Petty sang it, the waiting is the hardest part. Ice making temps approach in the next couple of days, but a really deep freeze is still forecasted as a week off. This weekend will lend itself to upland hunting, or comfortable deer hunts with the muzzleloader or bow, and still give you time to get things prepped for hard water, if you haven’t already. In the meantime, we talk early winter fun in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Late season roosters can be a challenge. Stay as quiet as possible, and lock in that tighter choke for far-off flushes. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 12/6 – Flurries Persist. Hi 22, Lo 18, Winds NW@14, G25.
Tomorrow: Thu 12/7 – Infamous Windy Day. Hi 32, Lo 12, Winds NW@12, G18.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:14AM Sunset: 4:55PM
Moonrise: 8:40PM Moonset 11:04AM
Overhead: 3:19AM Underfoot: 3:50PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (86% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 3:45-4:45PM. Moon underfoot will coincide with dropping winds later in the afternoon, giving you a decent Edge Hour in this in-between phase.
LATE RUN. We’re down to the final month or so of Pheasant Hunting, and with a new coating of snow on the ground, it’s important to remember that silence is golden. Shut truck doors gently, keep field conversations to a minimum, and use whistle or hand commands for your dog to have the best shot at sneaking up on late season roosters. Look deep in thermal habitat like cattails and cane during the cooler portions of the day, and in adjacent grasses or field edges when things warm up at mid-day.
MARKS THE SPOT. Check out the X Caddis as you get started in your fly tying adventures this winter. With a super-buoyant wing of elk hair and a shuck of antron tailing behind it, fish can’t resist this perfect hatcher fly. Tie them up in multiple colors – browns, blacks and olives – to match the caddisflies in your area.
BLUE CHRISTMAS. For your completely random wild animal of the week, check out the Blue Chimaera, a deep sea shark that was filmed alive for the first time last December. A member of the ghost shark family, we’re not sure if it represents Christmas Past or Future, but for researchers it was a welcome present.
Tip Your Waitresses and Stay Sharp!