FIN. Welcome to the first day of the off season for upland and deer. While it’s never fun, packing up a season’s worth of gear is an important step in making sure next autumn is even better. We have some quick hints for a successful stowaway as you enter the off season in today’s Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: Half Full? A partial box of shotgun shells heads to storage as the upland season wraps. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 1/6 – Breezes Return – Hi 32, Lo 22, Wind NW@22, G33
Tomorrow: Tue 1/7 – Cooling Off – Hi 15, Lo 11, Wind NW@10, G18
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
2:10PM 4:04AM 9:36PM 9:11AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (80% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 7:30-8:30AM. The sunrise hour with the lightest winds of the day will be your Edge Hour today.
CLEAN & DRY. Make sure to give all shotguns used one final cleaning before they head into storage. Give them a day or two in an open, but secured space, to air out after you’ve oiled and cleaned them as well.
COOL & DRY. Store ammunition in a cool, dry space during the offseason to preserve it in its best condition for next autumn. Make sure to secure shells in a cabinet separate from firearms to further prevent mis-use or accidents.
GREASE & … YOU GET IT. Give your upland boots one final treatment, removing any debris, replacing any frayed laces and checking for excessive wear. Coat them with a preserving spray or greasing to keep leather in good shape. Let boots air out as well before they go into storage.