CHILLY MIXERS. Today and tomorrow bring a mix of rain and snow for those hanging on to their long weekend of pheasant hunting. We talk about where to look for these birds in cold, wet conditions in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Hunters should look for pheasants in areas of thermal cover that also help keep them dry – like shrubs and cattails – during these wet and chilly times. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 10/8 – Misty Monday. Hi 40, Lo 33, Wind N@10
Tomorrow: Tue 10/9 – More Mix. Hi 39, Lo 33, Wind N@14, G23
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
7:00AM 7:26PM 1:19PM 12:53AM
Moon Phase: New @ 10:47PM
EDGE HOUR: 6:30-7:30PM. Just before the rains come in, grab moonset & sunset in today’s Edge Hour for a good sit on stand.
COVER ME. Birds will hunker down in cover on wet days, and their stationary status makes scenting them a bit easier for your dogs. Check out rows of conifers, shrubs and other areas that help form a buffer from winds and a canopy from rain.
TALL TAILS. Cattails also provide thermal cover and some relief from the rain as their stalks and leaves form a reinforced ceiling of sorts. Look for birds on the edges of swampy areas where the ground is still dry, and there may be a season or two of laid-down cattails to provide extra cover.
HIDEY HOLES. Any place where tall grasses have lodged with other vegetation, like dry sweet clover or small scattered bushes can provide good wet weather cover for pheasants. You’ll often find depressed areas about 12” in width beneath these breaks from the rain and wind, and often some pheasant scat as well. This gives you a clue as to where birds hunker down!
Find Your Spot & Stay Sharp!