WARM SHOT. We stop short of saying hot, but relatively speaking it will be nice as temps approach 30 today. We brace for a cold smack later this week by thinking about spring and planning for CTL with some tips, funding ideas and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Aiming for Spring. A young shooter takes his shot as part of a Spring Clay Target League Team. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 1/13 – Decreasing Wind – Hi 31, Lo 13, Wind SW@11
Tomorrow: Mon 1/13 – Calm Start – Hi 25, Lo 17, Wind L&V
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
12:15PM Fol. Day 6:34PM 6:12AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (45% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:00-7:00 PM. Moon overhead and calm conditions will give you a good evening bite in the Edge Hour.
NOW’S THE TIME. If you’re looking to start an ND CTL Team in your School, mid-January is the right time to kick off your efforts. Learning more about the process will help you better communicate with schools, supporting groups, parents and students.
CHECK YOUR CLUB. With the wave of CTL sweeping over the state, and a heightened interest in trap shooting, you may want to check in with your local trap club to see what the status is of houses, throwers and other vital parts of the facility. Grant programs exist to help fund improvements through the NDG&F and other agencies for ranges and youth programs, and specifically for CTL.
FIND PARTNERS. Sportsman’s Groups, Conservation Organizations, Gun Clubs and other outdoors-related groups often have dedicated funding to promote youth outdoors activity. CTL is a direct bridge to hunting and ultimately conservation for many participants and makes them better shots in the field, which typically leads to higher early success rates, and a more sustained connection with hunting from the get-go. Tout this close relationship when selling a support request to these groups.