WE’RE JACKED! With a slight cool down from the last three days of summery sun and warm winds, it’ll be back to the field for grouse and – if the winds die off tonight – maybe a sit on stand. We’ve got the latest words of warning and why you should wear a life jacket in the duck boat this fall, along with more jacket-related news in today’s Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: Cover me Goose! A pair of Canada geese rest on the shoreline of Nelson Lake. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 9/18 – Forty One – Hi 73, Lo 57, Wind NW@21, G30
Tomorrow: Thu 9/19 – Southeasterlies – Hi 77, Lo 53, Wind SE@15, G28
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
10:09PM 11:44AM 4:38AM 5:00PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (82% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:30-5:30PM. Moon underfoot and fading winds will help get the action started in this evening’s Edge Hour.
JACKET UP. The NDG&F urges those duck hunters using watercraft to don a life jacket this season. Capsizing into the cold waters of fall presents immediate risk of respiratory shock and hypothermia which can hinder swimming to safety or rescue and result in drowning.
JACKET DOWN. The Canada Goose is not only a symbol of fall, but apparently also high fashion. The brand named for the ubiquitous bird sports jackets in the hundreds and thousands of dollars, made with real Canada goose down.
JACKETS ALL AROUND. Late summer and early fall is yellowjacket season. These predatory wasps take to the air as much of their summer duties of caring for the next generation in the nest is complete. As a result, they’re often found flying around looking for food items and generally being a pain. With the first cold snap of the season, many of them will die with just the queens remaining to continue their populations next year.