JANUARY (ALMOST) THAW. A warm up is coming this weekend to help you get outdoors to close out the hunting season or get back on the ice. Make it through today, and you’re golden. We talk past, present and future in today’s Three Things and some safety for the hardwater season and final hunts for your pup from PF.
(Featured Photo: Ole rousted these three roosters from a stretch of cattails southeast of Bismarck, biting the butt off of one before sending him skyward! Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 1/5 – One day til warm-up. Hi 10, Lo 4, Winds SE@10
Tomorrow: Sat 1/6 – Near freezing! Hi 29, Lo 6, Winds S@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:27AM Sunset: 5:10PM
Moonrise: 9:57PM Moonset 11:01AM
Overhead: 3:58AM Underfoot: 4:25PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (87% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:00 – 5:00PM. Moon underfoot with approaching sunset will give you a solid Edge Hour to finish out the day in the field or on the ice.
RECREATION RECAP. NDG&F Director Terry Steinwand sits down and discusses changes and challenges from 2017 and what to expect in 2018 in this week’s installment of the North Dakota Outdoors webcast. From legislative actions that affected hunters, to emergency haying which impacted huntable habitat to the future of deer hunting in the state, it’s worth the watch.
LIKE A HEATWAVE. Starting Saturday, the region will see an uptick in high temperatures to near freezing, helping those weekend warriors take back their favorite lakes after many reports of 8, 10 or even 12 inches of ice being added over the cold holiday stretch. Conditions look about right if you’re looking to log a few final walks in the uplands of the state as well. Enjoy!
7UP. As you close out the season in the field (or take your four-legged friend ice fishing), remember the challenges that cold weather presents to hard working dogs. Pheasants Forever has a good overview of the dos and don’ts with seven tips for cold weather hunting in a recent blog post.