SAFETY CHECK. With the busy Independence Holiday just around the corner, and water traffic picking up as the temperatures do, it’s important to take stock of safe procedures on the water and have all the gear needed in case of emergency. We look at that and more in our Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: Jack It. Life vests help prevent drowning, but only if they’re worn, and they don’t have much of an impact on the fishing either.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 6/25 – Still Nice – Hi 76, Lo 50, Wind W@11, G22
Tomorrow: Wed 6/26 – Warming – Hi 82, Lo 55, Wind L&V
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
2:04AM 2:00PM 7:57AM 8:18PM
Moon Phase: Last Quarter at 4:46AM
EDGE HOUR: 7:30-8:30AM
PFD VIP. Make sure to have enough life jackets on the boat for those getting on board and remember that passengers under 10 years of age must always wear their PFD when a boat is in operation.
THREE ITEMS. Make sure to have a fire extinguisher, a throwable life preserver on board your boat, and a working horn, noting that it could be a canned-air horn which can be purchased at many department stores if you run a non-console boat. Blow it three times in an emergency and secure the fire extinguisher near the engine where most fires occur on watercraft.
STAY AFLOAT. The NDG&F is participating in Operation Dry Water this July 4 holiday weekend (July 5-7), focused on informing boaters of safe operation and removing intoxicated or unsafe individuals from the water.