GO EARLY! While today’s sunrise and early morning stretch will be the best time of day to get out before the weather arrives this afternoon, sunrise is typically a great time to be hunting and fishing. We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: The sun breaks free of the clouds over Fish Creek Dam. Simonson Photo
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 10/4 – PM Rain to Snow. Hi 42, Lo 25, Wind SE@13, G20.
Tomorrow: Fri 10/5 – Wintry Mix. Hi 41, Lo 33, Wind SEtoNW@9
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
1:59AM 5:17PM 9:42AM 10:11PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (25% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 7:15 – 8:15AM. With light winds ahead of the rain, sunrise is your Edge Hour for a sit on stand.
ON THE RISE. Daybreak is a time of confluence. Nocturnal animals are headed for home, looking to hunker down for the day, and diurnal species stretch out and get ready for their daily routines. For huntable game, it’s a perfect time to catch species with both proclivities on the move, and for fish the low-light period is a prime feeding hour.
TWILIGHT. The twilight period is that roughly half hour stretch just before sunrise (or right after sunset). It has some legal bearing on hunting as it helps to justify that “30 minutes before sunrise” or “30 minutes after sunset” added to hunting times in many jurisdictions, and comprising “legal light”. It’s also the time you should have your headlights on while driving.
CIRCADIAN. Sunrise also triggers the release of hormones in humans, and the gradual increase of light helps people wake up through that process. That’s why it can seem like you sleep longer and have a harder time waking up on very cloudy mornings (and don’t set an alarm). The same process applies to animals at one level or another.