STAY FOCUSED. The deer you want is still out there as we enter “Desperation Weekend” and the final two days of the firearms season. Conditions are setting up nicely for the last 20 hours or so for those big bucks so pick out your hot spots and get ready for the last stretch. Speaking of hot, we look at short-term and long term news in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Get Off My Back. A doe’s hair is covered in burs and leaves as she makes some night moves in front of the trail camera. Simonson Photo
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 11/24 – Steady Temps – Hi 27, Lo 22, Wind N@9.
Tomorrow: Sun 11/25 – Cool Down – Hi 21, Lo 15, Wind NW@7.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
6:38PM 9:21AM 1:32AM 2:01PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (98% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 9:00-10:00AM. Moonset will extend a morning sit with some extra movement in today’s Edge Hour.
OPENING UP. Hunters will have expanded options after the weekend as a number of National Wildlife Refuges across the state open to upland hunting. Popular federal lands like Arrowwood and Long Lake NWRs will open to pheasant hunters once the deer firearms season closes.
NO ICE? The Trump Administration has released the country’s fourth national climate change report, and it’s more dire than any previous report issued in the last thirty years, predicting shorter winters and more extreme summers for the upper Midwest and “declines in snow and ice cover caused by warmer winter temperatures are expected to negatively impact the winter recreation industry…with implications for hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-related activities.”
TAKE FIVE. If you don’t keep a hunting journal, now’s the time to start! Take five minutes to recap your deer rifle season and make it a tradition after each season (or each day of hunting) to write down what you saw, what you accomplished and what resonated most. Not only is it a great learning tool, it’s a great way to remember the moments that matter most – and you don’t have to be a professional writer to do it.