ANYTHING BUT A MIXED BAG. This weekend is in-field perfection while you wait for solid ice. Light winds, moderate temperatures and a major moon phase align for a final fantastic late fall weekend before colder conditions settle in next week. Enjoy! We talk about more late season secrets in today’s three things.
(Featured Photo: A pair of rooster pheasants and a Hungarian partridge were just part of the adventure near New Salem, N.D. for DEO’s Nick Simonson, as grouse, coyotes and loads of other wildlife enjoyed recent warm temperatures to get out and about. Simonson Photo.)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 12/16 – A great Saturday. Hi 37, Lo 30, Winds NW@10.
Tomorrow: Sun 12/17 – A Sunday to Match. Hi 38, Lo 22, Winds SW@8.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:22AM Sunset: 4:55PM
Moonrise: 6:35AM Moonset 4:20PM
Overhead: 11:30AM Underfoot: 11:53PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (2% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:00-5:00PM. The nearly new moon setting along with the sun and some perfect wind conditions will give you the advantage in today’s Edge Hour.
TEMPERATE TEMPERMENT. Watch for pheasants and other upland birds to be in lighter cover as late fall days warm into the mid-30s or higher. They’ll make a quick shift in early light from nighttime cover like cattails, cedars and shelterbelts to fields and grasses during the morning, especially if the overnight hours weren’t particularly cold.
A CUT ABOVE. There were a number of corn fields that just didn’t make the cut before deer season settled in with snow and chilly temps. Now that much of the landscape is open and there isn’t as much snow, many of those standing corn (and sunflower) fields from mid-November are down with a second-chance harvest. Find habitat next to these late-season food sources and hunt it hard.
SEEPING THROUGH. Springs that leak through hillsides in the cold days of December provide two great late season advantages: 1) a continuous water source for wildlife, and 2) thicker habitat in the form of random cattails and shadow grass that seem to grow out of the middle of nowhere around the water sources. If you spy these sweet spots, get your dog in the thick of them and find birds!