CALL THE COPS! Someone stole December and we’re looking at the big FIVE-O today! That’s right, a rare 50 degrees (almost twice our average high) is on tap for today’s outdoor adventuring, even as the sun nears its weakest point and shortest amount of daylight (we start gaining on sunset tomorrow night, though!). We keep track of that and more seasonal insights in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A pheasant walks through what remains of rapidly-melting yard snow on Thursday afternoon. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 12/15 – Warm! – Hi 50, Lo 29, Wind WtoS@15, G22
Tomorrow: Sun 12/16 – Cooler. Hi 38, Lo 25, Wind NW@7
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
10:56AM 8:05PM 3:29PM 3:05AM
Moon Phase: First Quarter @ 5:49AM
EDGE HOUR: 10:30-11:30AM. Before things get too warm and the wind switches, cap off an excellent morning with the Edge Hour.
HANG HORIZONTAL. Two good knots for a hold on the 12 o’clock position of any hookeye are the Palomar Knot and the Improved Clinch Knot. They’re easy to position and help maintain that horizontal presentation under the ice. Keep them in mind when you’re working jigs for panfish and walleyes and want a nice in-line layout of your lure and bait.
LONG SHOTS. Pheasants are wild this time of year. As we approach the holiday season, consider tightening up those chokes to Improved Mod or Full to reach out and touch them as they flush a bit farther off from a season’s worth of pressure. Consider the dog you’re hunting behind though, as pointers can still pin a few down close, especially in those areas where pheasants might not have been hit as hard this fall.
THE FLYING V. Ever wonder why geese and other migratory birds fly in formation? Turns out there are lots of reasons for this, from conserving energy to flock awareness, a number of scientists have studied the phenomenon. However, the reason one side of the V is longer still remains the same…there are more birds on that side!