A LITTLE LIGHTER. Today will be a welcome break in the weather whiplash the region has experienced as relatively light winds and temps nearing the teens (above!) should facilitate some on-ice action. With the release of the conservation order, we look into light geese today and prepare for the upcoming spring hunting season in our Three Things.
Featured Photo: Light geese take to the sky. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 2/13 – Pleasant! – Hi 12, Lo -1, Wind StoN@8.
Tomorrow: Thu 2/14 – Hugs (to stay warm) – Hi 0, Lo -12. Wind NW@16, G22.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
12:08PM 2:11AM 7:39PM 7:13AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (59% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 7:00-8:00AM. Sunrise with moon underfoot and calm conditions will start a nice day off right in our Edge Hour.
LIGHT IT UP. We’re know we’re getting closer to spring when the spring light goose order is released by the NDG&F Dept. The season is one of the more complex ones and with the weather we’ve experienced, it’s almost certain you won’t see a bird on the start date of Feb. 23, but keep an eye on the sky – it can happen quickly.
STAY WITH ‘EM. Follow the spring movements of light geese with Ducks Unlimited’s migration tracker map. This web-application incorporates reports from the public and from DU staff as the waterfowl make their way back north.
A REASON TO HUNT. In the past 50 years, light geese have fared so well they’ve “eaten themselves out of house and home” in their arctic and sub-arctic nesting areas, according to the US FWS. As a result of the habitat degradation and the damage done to agricultural lands in the far north, liberal limits have been put in place in an effort to reduce populations.