HAPPY NEW YEAR! With the ball dropping, the Daily Edge is popping up as usual at 12:01 a.m. to wish you a safe, successful and happy 2018. Whether it’s to shoot a perfect 25 on the clay range, travel to an exotic location for saltwater fly fishing, hunting elk the Rockies, or just losing the traditional 10 pounds, everyone at Dakota Edge Outdoors wishes you the best in your resolutions. We talk about that, a warm-up and what to howl at tonight in today’s Three Things, presuming last night’s party doesn’t put you to bed early this evening!
(Featured Photo: The sun sets on 2017 over the Missouri River near Bismarck, N.D. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 1/1 – Doughnut for New Year’s. Hi 0, Lo -21, Winds L&V.
Tomorrow: Tue 1/2 – Warm, just in time for work. Hi 21, Lo -11, Winds NW@17, G 28.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:28AM Sunset: 5:06PM
Moonrise: 5:07PM Moonset 7:44AM
Overhead: Fol. Day Underfoot: 12:25PM
Moon Phase: Full @ 8:24PM
EDGE HOUR: 4:30-5:30PM. Relative warmth, light winds, a full moonrise at sunset combine for your best bite on the first Edge Hour of the year.
BE RESOLUTE. Knowledge and practice are two key steps in keeping with resolutions. If you’re taking up a new niche in the outdoors, from bowhunting to fly fishing to knife throwing, whatever it might be, immerse yourself in it and stay focused on it, talking with others about it, reading as much as you can about it, and writing down your successes and shortcomings. Plan things out, write down the goal and the steps to it, and every so often take time to see where you are in those plans throughout the year. It’s a journey…and a destination.
BEFUDDLED. Isn’t it strange how the 10-day holiday stretch was predominantly below zero? Was there a message there that we needed to be closer to family…indoors? If you got out there for some late-season hunting, or ice fishing, more power to you! What’s even stranger, is that now school is back in session and the work year kicks off again on Tuesday…things look downright comfortable in comparison. Irony is not the right term…but close.
BEOWULF. January was known among the Saxon tribes of Sixth Century Europe as “Wulf monath” or the “wolf month” as it was believed by this point in the cold weather season that hunger and lack of food in the wild drove the roving packs of wolves to be brave enough to enter the towns and settlements of ancient Britain. Half a world away, the Sioux tribes of what is now North Dakota called the January full moon the “Wolves Run Together” moon. There are no coincidences.