AN ICE CHRISTMAS. While we’re under freezing all day today, it’s about to get a whole lot colder! In fact, for those worried about solid ice, rest assured that this week’s holiday chill will have a solid foot or so on most lakes by the time New Year’s Eve rolls around. Here’s hoping you didn’t pull your back out during the Festivus feats of strength yesterday. We address those feats you need to accomplish to succeed in the outdoors in this holiday version of Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Jigs decorate a Christmas tree in DEO HQ. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 12/24 – Cold for Santa. Hi 16, Lo 5, Winds NW@16, G28
Tomorrow: Mon 12/25 – Colder Christmas. Hi -5, Lo -15, Winds NW@13
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:26AM Sunset: 4:59PM
Moonrise: 12:12PM Moonset 11:26PM
Overhead: 5:44PM Underfoot: 5:22AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (34% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 11:30AM – 12:30PM. Finish off your morning fishing trip or hunt in time to get back for family, football and food on this last “warm” Edge Hour before Christmas brings cold temps.
COMPOUND IT. Deceptively tough, pulling a compound bow for the first time uses muscles and connective tissues in a way that’s hard to duplicate in a gym. For those getting fitted for an awesome Christmas gift, no amount of lat rows or shrugs will prepare you for the feeling of fighting the 60 or 70 pounds of tensile resistance in today’s modern bows. Getting used to it only comes with practice!
IT’S THE CLIMB. Similarly, climber stands require some serious strength and balance. Using quads, hammies and abs to ascend a tree with two leveraged circles of metal provides a vantage point in otherwise inaccessible areas, but comes at the cost of getting a workout in on the way up a tree. Those who can handle a few pull-ups and take the time to get in shape, along with maybe some yoga on the side, will find climbers a piece of cake. Remember to strap in and be safe!
HEAVE HO! Start your new year’s resolution early if you’re going to be hauling back on the big rod for sturgeon, catfish, muskies and more. Fast moving current and fish that know how to use it provide a unique challenge for forearms, biceps, shoulders and even legs. Use power squats and an ab regimen to break sturgeon loose from the bottom and hammer curls to develop your crank on hard-charging muskies and other fish when all they want to do is pull drag.
You know what you gotta do – but you can wait til the new year! In the meantime, enjoy Christmas Dinner, but Stay Sharp!