A LITTLE LATE? Like today’s post, the insects in today’s featured photo might be a bit late (or just in time). We were out on stand early and there was TONS of sunrise activity – between pheasants turkeys and two handfuls of deer running around – we’re excited to be back in fall mode! We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Ephemeral. Small mayflies from an overnight hatch swarmed the doorstep of DEO headquarters. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 9/1 – Sweet September. Hi 80, Lo 52, Wind S@13, G20
Tomorrow: Sun 9/2 – Cooler, calmish. Hi 75, Lo 50, Wind N@7.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
11:08PM 12:15PM 5:22AM 5:46PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (75% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:00-6:00PM. Moon underfoot with a shift in the weather will set things up for a hot evening bite, but it’ll be a bit gusty for deer hunters.
DOVE LOVE. Welcome to the start of the region’s upland seasons with the Mourning Dove Opener! Get out and get on these fun little birds, using shot sizes in 7.5 and 8 and an easy-shouldering shotgun! Resident populations will be boosted in the next few weeks by Canadian birds migrating south.
DROUGHT ROUTE? Dry conditions continue to sink back across North Dakota as this week’s drought monitor details the growing swath across the upper third of the state. While not as impactful as last year’s summer-long drought was, these dry conditions may be concerning going into winter with an El Nino (signaling less snow for ND?) brewing in the Pacific.
GROUSE IN DA HOUSE. Next up on the upland calendar is the start of grouse and partridge seasons on Sat. Sept. 8. Reports on bird numbers should be out in the next week or so, detailing not only these early upland season birds, but also ringneck pheasants.