A LITTLE LIGHTER.  Today will be a welcome break in the weather whiplash the region has experienced as relatively light winds and temps nearing the teens (above!) should facilitate some on-ice action.  With the release of the conservation order, we look into light geese today and prepare for the upcoming spring hunting season in our Three Things.

Featured Photo:  Light geese take to the sky. Simonson Photo.

 

WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):

Today: Wed 2/13 – Pleasant! – Hi 12, Lo -1, Wind StoN@8.

Tomorrow:  Thu 2/14 – Hugs (to stay warm) – Hi 0, Lo -12. Wind NW@16, G22.

 

 

SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):

Sunrise        Sunset

7:51AM       6:05PM

Moonrise      Moonset       Overhead    Underfoot

12:08PM      2:11AM       7:39PM        7:13AM

 

Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (59% Full)

 

EDGE HOUR:   7:00-8:00AM.  Sunrise with moon underfoot and calm conditions will start a nice day off right in our Edge Hour.

 

DAY RATING:

3Fish

THREE THINGS:

LIGHT IT UP.  We’re know we’re getting closer to spring when the spring light goose order is released by the NDG&F Dept.  The season is one of the more complex ones and with the weather we’ve experienced, it’s almost certain you won’t see a bird on the start date of Feb. 23, but keep an eye on the sky – it can happen quickly.

 

STAY WITH ‘EM.  Follow the spring movements of light geese with Ducks Unlimited’s migration tracker map.  This web-application incorporates reports from the public and from DU staff as the waterfowl make their way back north.

A REASON TO HUNT.  In the past 50 years, light geese have fared so well they’ve “eaten themselves out of house and home” in their arctic and sub-arctic nesting areas, according to the US FWS.  As a result of the habitat degradation and the damage done to agricultural lands in the far north, liberal limits have been put in place in an effort to reduce populations.

 

Stay Sharp.

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