RUDE AWAKENING. Rain, sleet, snow and at times a mix of all three hit much of the state last night, making highways slick, but pheasant tracking a little bit easier for tomorrow’s big opener. We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Rooster pheasants find shelter in a treerow. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 10/5 – Sloppy Mix Lingers. Hi 41, Lo 33, Wind SEtoNW@9
Tomorrow: Sat 10/6 – Pleasant for Pheasant. Hi 41, Lo 28, Wind L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
3:12AM 5:55PM 10:39AM 11:07PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (15% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:30-6:30PM. Decreasing precip and moonset will help with outdoors activities in today’s “recovery” Edge Hour.
ALL SET? Pheasant opener is tomorrow morning, make sure gear is packed, truck tanks are full and your four wheel drive is working! Watch for the recent weather and snowfall to push birds into almost late-season areas and work thermal cover like cattail sloughs and brushlines to start the day!
TOTALED. Accumulations from yesterday’s event typically topped out at 2-4 inches, with thick, wet snow quickly melting and compacting where it stuck to the ground. Road conditions deteriorated eastbound around exit 140 west of Mandan and multiple cars were in the ditch. Expect temps in the low forties to melt most of the cover today, but watch for icy conditions in your opener travels tomorrow as temps get back below freezing.
DARWIN AWARD NOMINEE. Watch this tourist nearly become a substitute for salmon as he wades into an Alaskan stream to get a selfie with some feeding grizzlies, courtesy Backpacker Magazine. Did you know there are dozens of “selfie-related” deaths each year? Sadly, that’s become a thing.