ANOTHER DANDY. Warm conditions continue, sparking a chance for pop-up showers and storms this afternoon, but likely leaving your morning and evening quite usable in the outdoors. We’ve got reminders from the G&F, a look at a drier-than-average May and its impact on wildlife and some tips for building a beginner’s bass box in today’s Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: HENNY PENNY. A hen pheasant (notably not on nest) gets nervous just before sprinting off. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 6/3 – Sweet Summer – Hi 82, Lo 55, Wind SW@14, G24
Tomorrow: Thu 6/4 – Cool Down – Hi 76, Lo 55, Wind NW@14, G28
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
7:08PM 4:42AM Fol. Day 11:48AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (93% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 11:00AM-12:00PM. Ahead of rising winds, with moon underfoot will be a great time to finish off a morning fishing trip, before a chance of rain rolls in after our Edge Hour.
IN STATE BAIT. The North Dakota Game & Fish Department reminds anglers not to transport bait across state lines. The agency advises that bait used in the state’s waters should be purchased from certified vendors in North Dakota to help prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species.
DRY MAY. The NOAA rainfall map shows much of the state drying out after a wet late summer and fall in 2019. Precipitation totals for the month in ND were off an inch or two against the long-term average and, while not stressed, dry conditions are increasing, particularly in the western third of the state. Hopes are that even with moderate drought, vegetation and invertebrate food sources (slugs, beetles, spiders) will be good enough to pull off pheasant recruitment.
BOXED IN. B.A.S.S. shares tips from Bass Pro Quentin Cappo on setting up a basic bass fishing tacklebox with today’s most-used lures. From jigs and spinnerbaits to frogs and soft plastics, this photojournalism spread talks types and tactics for the best basics.
HEY, LAST DAY!. We know you didn’t forget to apply for your 2020 firearms deer license, but just want to be sure. Okay? Because we know some of you will wake up Thursday and be like…wait, what, it’s the fourth? So…you know, go to gf.nd.gov and click on “Buy and Apply” just in case you didn’t do it yet.