SO LONG 2018! We lament the chilly end to the year but celebrate all the good things 2018 brought in the outdoors – including a new state record walleye. We talk about those and more as we look forward to the next 365 days in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Give him a year. A small trout caught and released on a size 18 Griffith’s Gnat symbolizes hope for the future of a small stream – and for the future, in general! Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 12/31 – Decreasing Temps. Hi 10, Lo -9. Wind N@18, G25.
Tomorrow: Tue 1/1 – Above Zero! Hi 5, Lo -3. Wind S@6.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
2:54AM 1:56PM 8:29AM 8:53PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (26% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 11:00-11:59PM. Celebrate the end of 2018 indoors during today’s Edge Hour. BRRR!!!
BRUTAL. With winds gusting up to 30 mph, daytime highs below zero and wind chills -30 and colder, this is by far the coldest day we’ve seen in quite a while. Bunker down for the ball drop and consider holding off until later this week or next weekend when things warm up to venture into the outdoors.
OUR FAVE. 2018 brought with it the falling of one of ND’s longest-held records as Neal Leier landed the state’s new record walleye in May. Beyond the press release, Dakota Edge Outdoors was the first to break the story and interview Leier from the boat just a few hours after he accomplished the feat. It was our most-viewed story of the year!
BIG WIN. While it came late in the calendar, the 2018 Farm Bill was a win that we badly needed, not only for conservation and wildlife, but for the future of hunting as well. With CRP caps increasing by 3 million acres, we’re excited to see the upswing in opportunities to idle marginal land and bring habitat back to the landscape. For those who value a flushing pheasant, a sprinting deer herd, or just seeing more songbirds, this was the story of the year in a time of divided government.