DRY OUT DAY. With westerly winds picking up, last night’s rain and rumbles will be blown eastward and things will begin to dry out. We’ve got the tips for fixing tips and getting ready for autumn with your late-summer hunting prep in today’s Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: SIDE PROFILE. A buck in velvet strikes a pose up close with a trail camera. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 7/18 – Westerlies – Hi 84, Lo 67, Wind W@10, G20
Tomorrow: Fri 7/19 – Calming – Hi 80, Lo 60, Wind WNW@8
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
10:53PM 7:40AM 2:58AM 3:21PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (97% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 9:00-10:00PM. Fading winds around sunset will help close out a good evening on the water – hit those eastern shorelines for your best bite in the Edge Hour.
TIPPED OFF. Carrying a spare rod tip eye (or multiple spares) can help avert a short-circuited fishing trip. A drop of super glue, a wrap of duct tape, or even a small piece of chewed gum can hold it in place on a broken rod end until a more permanent fix can be made back home. Grab a selection to fit your favorite rods on the cheap, stash them in your tackle box and be ready when disaster strikes.
BOOT BREAK IN. Now is the time to work those new hunting boots into good condition. Take them on regular walks, hikes in the hills, and get a feel for how they handle various terrains. Get the grease and waterproofing spray you need now and treat them as directed to ensure a successful start to the hunting season in a few weeks.
LINE OF SIGHT. While working on shooting lanes, or checking treestands and trail cams, make sure to mark the distances from your stand to trails and likely points of entry with a range finder. Practice shots at those distances for the best opportunity to harvest a deer this fall.