TOO EARLY TO TALK DEER? Never! We delve into this year’s deer lottery in ND, check out some food plot prep tips and get the low down on big racks in our Outdoor Update as we await a soggy, windy weekend.
Featured Photo: SIDE GLANCE. A deer in velvet gets caught in profile on a trail camera. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 5/17 – Cool. Hi 54, Lo 41, Wind E@16, G24
Tomorrow: Sat 5/18 – Washout. Hi 47, Lo 41, Wind NE@20, G30 .65” Rain
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
7:56PM 5:50AM 12:21AM 12:46PM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (98% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:40-6:40AM. Before winds kick up, get on the water for the last shot of decent fishing ahead of the rains.
LOTTO LUCK. This week’s NDG&F weekly webcast details the uptick in licenses available to hunters throughout ND for the firearms deer season in November and the lottery set for June. Jeb Williams, Wildlife Division Chief, breaks down the numbers and the reasons for the increase in tags.
PLOT IT OUT. Sportsman’s Guide has a good listing of tips for food plot planting as we head into the prime season for getting wildlife plantings in place. From hiding them from prying eyes to planting near cover to using the sun’s angle to spur the best growth, this list is worth a bookmark.
RACK IT UP. The US FWS has a fun breakdown to the biological factors behind antlers in deer, elk and other big game, along with some great photos. Check it out and think fall!