LUCKY! So you didn’t win the big one last night – big deal! (You still have Powerball tonight, right?) After today, you’ll feel like a winner as conditions set up for late week hunts and fall fishing trips. We look ahead to the weekend, address the Farm Bill and find some good news in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A frost-tailed rooster sneaks up to a sunflower field and the rising sun near Judson. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 10/24 – Windy. Hi 60, Lo 44, Wind S@15, G25.
Tomorrow: Thu 10/25 – Get to it! Hi 60, Lo 41, Wind NW@9.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
7:12PM 7:54AM 1:14AM 1:38PM
Moon Phase: Full @ 11:45AM.
EDGE HOUR: 6:30-7:30PM. The full moon coming up just after sunset with lessening winds will make this evening ideal for a sit on stand during the Edge Hour.
STUTTER STEP. Thursday and Friday are looking nice, but Saturday holds a chance for rain – good for those waterfowlers out there but little else. Sunday’s wind will challenge those in the field, so take the forecast and focus on the next two days for your outdoor adventures.
FARM BILL FALTERS. While the “hard working” members of congress couldn’t get it done before the deadline, promises abound to continue working on the new Farm Bill, with a final version teed up by December. We’ll see, as partisan infighting continues to hinder the nation’s top conservation legislation going into the lame duck session.
UPTICK. Though down from recent highs of over 145,000 in 2016, licensed hunters in North Dakota increased by around 1,000 this year, according to a US FWS tally. Increased opportunities through tags, public access, and expanding habitat open to hunters will all drive these numbers in the future.