FEELING FULL. It’s not just that warm holiday feeling either! The December full moon is upon us today as winds rush across the region, bringing a downward departure from the above normal temperatures we’ve experienced. Anchor those ice houses until tomorrow when things calm down. We look at your (extended?) holiday weekend outdoors in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: The full moon rises over Bismarck. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 12/22 – Windy – Hi 33, Lo 27, Wind NW@20, G30
Tomorrow: Sun 12/23 – Christmas Eve Eve – Hi 28, Lo 20, Wind NW@10
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
5:18PM 8:08AM 12:13AM 12:44PM
Moon Phase: Full @ 11:49AM
EDGE HOUR: 4:30-5:30PM. Moonrise at sunset will turn fish on, but it’ll still be windy so hang tight in the Edge Hour.
FINAL COUNTDOWN. Just two weeks remain in North Dakota’s upland seasons, as pheasant, grouse and partridge close on Jan. 6. Remember that late-season options are available on many Federal Refuges throughout the state, with less-pressured birds this time of year.
LONGVIEW. After today, things look better for your extended holiday weekend and the season’s first cold snap holds off until Thursday when highs dip into the single digits. Combine late season hunting with expanding ice options for some opportunities to get out of the house for something other than last-minute shopping.
LAST MINUTE GIFT. Give the gift of conservation to your favorite hunter or angler, by buying a membership to a group they care about. Whether it’s the local wildlife club or a national organization like Pheasants Forever or Muskies, Inc., these purchases help sustain hunting and fishing and often come with cool stocking stuffers like magazines and more.