HOT HOT HOT! Warm temperatures settle in for the weekend and today’s calm conditions will make for a perfect near-summer day on the water. Tomorrow’s gusts will keep you on the south side of the lake, but temperatures spike to nearly 100 degrees, and those conditions will help fuel evening thunderstorms that will chase most folks off the water. We talk outdoors potpourri in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A caddisfly cools out on a thistle leaf. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 6/9 – Warm and sunny. Hi 92 Lo 62, Winds SE@9.
Tomorrow: Sun 6/10 – Evening Thunder. Hi 97, Lo 64, Wind SE@22, G30
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:49AM Sunset: 9:36PM
Moonrise: 3:39AM Moonset 4:38PM
Overhead: 10:03AM Underfoot: 10:27PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (22% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 9:30-10:30AM. Before things heat up, extend your morning bite with moon overhead and light winds in today’s Edge Hour.
STILL DRY? The drought monitor still shows a wide swath of arid conditions in the western third of North Dakota as we enter the back half of the pheasant nesting season. Anecdotal reports are of conditions not nearly as dry as last year, and recent rains helping to spur insect populations to feed hatchlings in the coming weeks. We’ll keep an eye and get you our reports as the season progresses.
REFUGE HUNTING. The US FWS announced a continued effort to open hunting access to the agency’s managed refuges across the country with the addition of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah. This continues a trend that resulted in a few refuges in North Dakota being opened or expanded to hunters in some form in 2017.
CRP ENROLLMENT OPEN. A limited number of acres will be opened for enrollment under the 24 million acre cap in the CRP program in the near term, ending on August 1. Contact a Pheasants Forever biologist to get signed up and apply for the program, as demand is rapidly increasing.