DEER & DOVES. With today’s taste of temperate weather in the midst of a windy stretch, we’re getting psyched up for this weekend’s approaching hunting openers and walking through a few last preparation items as well as a look at some pretty decent conditions for both openers – and the holiday – in our Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: A mourning dove works the cracked edge of a stockpond area. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 8/28 – One Day Recovery – Hi 75, Lo 49, Wind W@8
Tomorrow: Thu 8/29 – Breezy Again – Hi 69, Lo 59, Wind NW@15, G25
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
4:19AM 7:53PM 12:12PM Fol. Day
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (6% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 7:45-8:45PM. Sunset and moonset combine with calm conditions in the Edge Our for the week’s best day of fishing.
TRANSPORTER. With the expansion of CWD, the NDG&F reminds deer hunters kicking off their bow season this weekend that transport restrictions are in place for a number of units in the state. Deer from 3A1, 3B1 and 3F2, moose from M10 and elk from E6 cannot transport a whole, harvested animal from those units.
CLIP & MOVE. A combination spread of clip-on dove decoys and one with some motion staked nearby is a powerful one-two combination for the opening weekend of mourning dove season and as migrants move in later in the month. Find some cover with a good vantage point over the decoys and get ready for fast action.
CALM MORNINGS. The weekend mornings and Labor Day still look good for the start of deer archery and dove seasons, with light winds predicted for the early hours and tapering breezes in late afternoon. With all that calm (after this week’s wind), you’ll hear the snap of a grass blade underhoof and the slightest whistle of an incoming bird. Plan your hunts accordingly!