SOAKIN’ IT IN! Warm conditions persist through the week, and wildlife species of all stripes – and shells – are getting active. We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Painted Turtles rest in the sun on Harmon Lake north of Mandan. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 5/22 – Warm day, rain tonight? – Hi 81, Lo 50, Wind S@7.
Tomorrow: Wed 5/23 – Humid, cloudy. – Hi 82, Lo 62, Wind SE@15 G25.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:01AM Sunset: 9:20PM
Moonrise: 1:46PM Moonset 3:01AM
Overhead: 8:45PM Underfoot: 8:19AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (56% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:00 -9:00AM. The nicest weather of the day and moon underfoot will combine for a strong bite in today’s Edge Hour.
FEEL THE HEAT. Watch for cold blooded animals – turtles, snakes, lizards and fish – to become more active as spring makes its way toward summer. Warmer air temperatures heat their bodies up and allow them to be on the move. This is part of the explanation as to why a walleye or bass will slam an active bait like a crankbait in summer but may need something subtle in the chilly waters of spring.
SPEAKING OF HOT. The North Dakota firearms deer lottery application period is underway, and the interwebs are burning up with applications. The deadline to apply is June 6, and as with all licenses in the Peace Garden State, everything is digitized and done online now.
ON NEST. Watch for pheasant hens to be getting on nest this time of year, and continued temperate conditions with just the right amount of light rain will help keep this spring rolling toward a successful summer. Hen pheasants will be on their clutch of eggs for about 24 days on the average through all kinds of weather. Talk about patience!