DAY TWO. Things were sloppy around much of the central portion of the state, as Thursday’s weather softened up roads for pheasant hunters. Similar cold, wet conditions will hang on til midweek, slowing harvest and outdoor activities. We talk about where to go when things straighten up in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Turn Tail! A herd of pronghorn antelope bolt. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 10/7 – Rain Late. Hi 39, Lo 33, Wind E@8.
Tomorrow: Mon 10/8 – Misty Monday. Hi 40, Lo 33, Wind N@10
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
5:44AM 6:58PM 12:27PM 12:01AM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (3% Full)
EDGE HOUR: Noon – 1:00PM. Extend your morning hunt or fishing trip in the Edge Hour with moon overhead, just before the rains come.
WMAs. Wildlife management areas are one of the more common pieces of public land open to hunters throughout ND and the upper Midwest. Typically designed with primary focuses on upland game or big game management, these areas preserve and protect habitat for those species and others.
WPAs. Waterfowl production areas are designed to protect wetland areas and support the duck and goose species that need small lakes, ponds and sloughs to survive and beget the next generation. Set up by the federal government, these areas require the use of non-toxic shotgun loads, even if pursuing non-waterfowl species. Lead bullets can be used if hunting deer. Secured with duck stamp funds, the first WPA was set-aside in 1959.
PLOTS & More. In ND it’s called PLOTS, in MN it’s WIA, in WI it’s VPA, but whatever the acronym, private land with public access programs are well-established systems in which landowners grant access to all for a small stipend from the managing state agency. In ND, PLOTS currently sits at more than 750,000 acres.
Find Your Spot & Stay Sharp!