GOOD BOY. While the southwest corner of the state saw snow, much of the rest of North Dakota was shut out yesterday, with just a trace hitting Bismarck. A light fresh coating made for fun outdoors for the dogs, and nuisance sweeping for the rest of us. We talk about how to best track our four-legged friends in the field in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: The Home Again tag signifies that a dog has a microchip implanted with the owner’s information. Simonson Photo
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri. 2/9 – Warm Up Ahead. Hi 5, Lo -8, Winds NW@8.
Tomorrow: Sat. 2/10 – Slow Climb. Hi 13, Lo -9, Winds W@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:54AM Sunset: 5:59PM
Moonrise: 3:18AM Moonset 12:57PM
Overhead: 8:10AM Underfoot: 8:33PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (31% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 7:30-8:30AM. Combine moon overhead with sunrise for a good start to your ice fishing in today’s Edge Hour.
TRACKER. GPS-enhanced field collars are offered on many new models from a variety of brands for those hunters monitoring the work their dogs put in, or those who just want to know. Garmin’s Astro series is among the top, tracking ranging dogs up to 9 miles away, providing details on distance covered, and the GPS is customizable with many popular hunting chips, showing topo or state and federal lands, for marking of favorite hunting areas.
IN RANGE. For added security with a hunting dog, many companies offer GPS tags in their collars. For small fees or inclusion in a cellular coverage plan, these battery-powered units help keep track of ranging animals all from a smart phone or tablet. Companies like GiBi are expanding their offerings, making location of lost hunting companions as easy as a screen tap.
HEADED HOME. For hunting dogs, especially new ones, there’s no better safeguard against getting lost than the Home Again chip. Countless tales of lost dogs being returned by a microchip scan at a veterinarian after being found can be read not only on the company’s website, but also all over the web. For those looking to get a new pup this spring, chipping should be considered as part of that process.