FLAKE OUT? A slight chance of snow is approaching for the region, but models keep pushing down the amounts. Will it be a dusting that highlights your hunt or a dump that dampens it? Stay tuned, it might depend on where you are in ND. In the meantime, we talk more about measuring up our late season hunts, and look ahead to winter planning in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Snowflakes rest on the fibers of a rooster pheasant’s tailfeathers. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 12/19 – Calm and cooler. Hi 35, Lo 25, Winds NW@10.
Tomorrow: Wed 12/20 – Spittin’ snow. Hi 26, Lo 20, Winds E@16, G25.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:24AM Sunset: 4:56PM
Moonrise: 9:16AM Moonset 6:29PM
Overhead: 1:52PM Underfoot: 1:28
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (1% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:25 – 5:25PM. Winds get light and variable in the Edge Hour, and temps above freezing will make things comfortable in the field before a front moves through overnight. Fill that bow tag TONIGHT if you haven’t!
INCHES & BARS. A friend of the Edge recently suggested an alternative way to measure a rooster pheasant’s tail, when his son proudly displayed an ancient bird he had harvested here in the late season. The tail measured just over 25 inches in length, but also sported 36 black bars from tip to rump, a personal best for the boy. Typically, by this late point in the hunting season, the cock pheasant’s signature plume is at its max length – see how yours measure up!
GET EDUCATED. Now is the time to start thinking about hunter’s ed classes that open up with the turn of the calendar. Many metro area courses are full for January, but those offered in surrounding towns are still taking applicants. If you – or a young hunter you know – want to hunt or shoot CTL next year, these classes are required!
SPEAKING OF CTL. If you’re looking to start or get involved with a team in your area, check out the ND CTL website on how to start a team for your school or register with one already there. The nation’s fastest growing (and safest) sport will expand to over 30 states this year and have more than 20,000 participants nationwide. In North Dakota, it is expected that more than 1,500 students will participate this year from over 50 schools. Registration starts mid-January.