DOUSED. While Wednesday’s rain held off some, today we’ll make up for being spared as heavy rains set up over North Dakota once again. Watch those gravel roads and back trails which are certain to be muddy and easily rutted – especially with the tail end of wheat harvest going on and grouse, youth deer, and youth waterfowl seasons kicking off this weekend. We cover that and more in our Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: ON THE RUN. A juvenile rooster pheasant runs the side of a gravel road in Tuesday’s dry conditions. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 9/12 – Soaked – Hi 53, Lo 52, Wind NE@22, G33 1.1” Rain
Tomorrow: Fri 9/13 – Lucky Day – Hi 64, Lo 46, Wind NW@14, G22
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
7:54PM 5:28AM 12:24AM 12:46PM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (98% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 7:00-8:00AM. It’ll all be wet, but sunrise will have the lightest winds, making for an Edge Hour in a rough one.
WING MEN & WOMEN. The NDG&F Dept. is requesting upland hunters submit wings from their harvested birds this season, in order to determine hatch dates, population makeup and other important factors that help in managing pheasants, grouse and partridge. Wing envelopes can be obtained by emailing the G&F, or at one of their offices.
TWEET ABOUT IT. The US Fish & Wildlife Service has a great Twitter feed with regular posts and great photography detailing the agency’s work along with conservation, hunting and fishing information. It’s worth a follow!
COLORED UP. Young rooster pheasants are beginning to get their colors in as chick feathers give way to adult plumage. This molting begins at about seven weeks of age and continues as the birds mature. Depending on hatch date, some roosters may not be fully colored by opener, and harder to identify in the early season.