BUTTE-IFUL WEEKEND. Unseasonably warm temperatures will once again fall on the weekend, giving you another shot at time in the field, with highs brushing 40 today and over 50 tomorrow. Hopefully you got your decorating done last weekend so you can chase some birds or pursue that late season buck the next couple of days. In the meantime, we explore just a few of the state’s amazing high points in today’s Three Things.
(Photo: Snow dusted buttes frame the southern horizon of a stretch of public hunting land near Flasher, N.D. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 12/9 – Weekend Perfection. Hi 38, Lo 20, Winds W@11.
Tomorrow: Sun 12/10 – Another Warm Spike. Hi 51, Lo 28, Winds NW@11.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:17AM Sunset: 4:54PM
Moonrise: Fol. Day Moonset 1:02PM
Overhead: 6:09AM Underfoot: 6:34PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (56% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 12:30-1:30PM. Use the magic of moonset during the Edge Hour to springboard into a great afternoon of hunting.
BUTTE FOR. A number of popular buttes dot the landscape in western North Dakota. From Crown Butte west of Bismarck with its popular panfish reservoir below, to Grassy Butte and the small town of the same name south of Watford City, these unique geological formations served as reference points on the horizon for early explorers and sacred spots for native people.
MOUNTAINOUS. While not even the tallest points in the state, the Killdeer Mountains and the Turtle Mountains are the only ranges in the state resembling the ruggedness of points west. Packed with native lore and an interesting delve into the history of each stretch of unique landscape in the state, this USGS essay provides more info on both.
GREAT WHITE. White Butte is the highest point in the state at over 3,500 feet. Located in the Little Missouri National Grasslands but on private property, the butte features smaller formations around it, including a shark-fin-shaped butte. The formation tops the tallest stretch of the Killdeer Mountains by just 225 feet.