DOUBLE EDGED! With calm conditions, clouds and great moon times setting up take today off of work and hit the water. Then, when the season opens at noon, pick your favorite south wind stand and get ready for a lot of movement near sunset, perhaps even earlier with low-light conditions. We’re buck focused in our Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: FROM THE FOG. A whitetail buck in velvet emerges from the morning mist. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 8/30 – Clouds & Calm – Hi 67, Lo 49, Wind SE@6
Tomorrow: Sat 8/31 – Last of August – Hi 71, Lo 51, Wind S@12, G22
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
7:00AM 9:05PM 2:09PM 1:41AM
Moon Phase: New @ 5:37am
EDGE HOUR: DOUBLE EDGE! 6:30-7:30AM – Get out and fish! 8:00-9:00PM tag that first day buck! New moon, aligned rises and sets and calm conditions make today a Double Edge Hour day!
BEAUT OF A BOW OPENER! That’s right, you’ve made it to fall! The deer archery season kicks off at noon today. Have your checklist ready to go and know that conditions are in your favor with light winds, clouds and a new moon.
SOME MONSTERS. Under Boone & Crockett’s records, the largest deer recorded in North Dakota’s history are:
Whitetail, Typical – 195 5/8 in. – Taken by Kevin Bruner in Pierce County in 1994
Whitetail, Non-Typical – 254 6/8 in. – Taken by Roger Ritchie near Stanley in 1958
Mule, Typical – 200 in. – Taken by John Stuchlik, Jr. in Billings County in 2004
Mule, Non-Typical – 237 2/8 in. – Taken by Palmer Georgeson in Golden Valley County in 1965
Now…go break one of them this autumn!
CHECK IT OFF. As it’s the first day out the door, have your bow hunting checklist ready to go! Bow and release, safety harness, de-scenting spray, tow rope, cleaning kit, calls and rattlers; everything on you or in the truck that you will need for a great time on stand and a successful hunt. Put your own personalized list together and make sure to check it off each time you head out the door!