THAT’S A WRAP! Welcome to the final day of 2019! It’s been a wild year with lots of great stories, challenging conditions (including this most recent snow storm), and battles for the future of hunting and fishing in North Dakota. We cover all of those items and more as we look back on some of our favorite stories from the past 365 days in our Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: The sun sets on 2019. (We figured you could use a summer lake pic). Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 12/31 – Last of ‘19 – Hi 23, Lo 14, Wind SW@7
Tomorrow: Wed 1/1 – 2020 Vision – Hi 34, Lo 19, Wind SW@8
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
11:58AM 10:47PM 5:18PM 4:57AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (26% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:30-5:30PM. Moon overhead, sunset and light winds will make your last evening outdoors awesome with a solid Edge Hour.
PIG PRONGHORN. The Biggest Story of 2019 on Dakota Edge Outdoors as judged by the readers was the tale of Dusty Nielsen’s massive splayed-horn nontypical pronghorn buck taken during the rifle season. One of the state’s most unique big game animals taken this season, the buck was described by area landowners and hunters as a local legend.
FOUL HOOKED FISH. Another top view on DEO was the tale of Tom Volk’s would-be record walleye being rejected by the NDG&F Dept. after multiple witness statements piled up that the fish was foul-hooked. The 16-pound, 9-ounce fish was initially announced by the agency to have broken the record in an April 22 press release, which was retracted in a May 13 statement after investigation into the matter.
THE BATTLE FOR ACCESS. Another hot topic was the heated battle over Senate Bill 2315 which would have overturned a century of hunter and angler access to unposted land in the state. After weeks of re-writing, spin and outright lies by the sponsors and supporters about what the bill would do, it was defeated on the final day of the legislative session.