AGENCY UPDATE. In this chilly stretch that feels more like February than mid-April, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes – particularly with regular spring updates and those not-so-normal ones coming out. We’ve got an eagle watch from NDG&F, a surprising stocking decision by the MN DNR and a slew of updates from the SD GF&P in our Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: BUGGER OFF. Soon the chill will wane and it’ll be time to “fly” again. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 4/15 – Cold Overnight – Hi 40, Lo 10, Wind N@11
Tomorrow: Thu 4/16 – Blustery – Hi 42, Lo 22, Wind NW@13, G23
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
4:06AM 12:59PM 8:30AM 8:56PM
Moon Phase: Last Quarter
EDGE HOUR: 8:00-9:00PM. Sunset, moon underfoot and fading wind will combine in your evening Edge Hour.
EAGLE EYE. The NDG&F Dept. encourages those out on the countryside to report bald eagle nests this spring. Those reporting are asked to stay a good distance away and not disturb the nest.
STOCK SHOCK. The Minnesota DNR has announced that it will suspend fish egg collection in 2020 and as a result, the rearing of fingerlings for walleye, pike, steelhead, muskies and other species. This will result in a skipped year of stocking around much of the state, and the agency is confident natural reproduction on many lakes will buoy those waters until next year.
SOUTHERN CHANGES. The SD Game Fish & Parks Dept. ran the gamut in a recent meeting, with changes proposed to big game, turkey, elk and other seasons along with access and related concerns. For an update, check out the agency’s news page.