Thursday 11-16-17 Deer Hunting Update 1

Thursday night 8pm

Greetings and welcome!

We have a lot to talk about tonight.

There are already quite a few deer hunters in the area, the roads are already getting busy. The deer are running stupid and frequently bound out in front of the car. Ideally that means that they are still in rut, a bonus for hunters. I don’t know about the rut part, but they are definitely running out into the roads  a lot, especially around sunset and for a couple of hours after.

The weather is going to be a factor this weekend. We had a big storm in the forecast that had potential for a good amount of snow. That has changed. Right now my model guidance shows rain moving in Friday afternoon or evening and being somewhat short lived. There cou;ld be a little snow on the back of the storm. The biggest issue that I see on the models is that Saturday will be a cold windy day behind the storm Saturday. Sunday will be a little calmer but cold. Here is the NWS take on it..

Rain after 5pm. High near 37. North wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Friday Night
Rain, possibly mixed with snow showers before 5am, then snow showers likely, possibly mixed with freezing rain. Low around 32. Calm wind becoming north 5 to 7 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
A chance of rain and snow showers before 11am, then a chance of snow showers between 11am and noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. North northwest wind 7 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Northwest wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 28.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.
In recent model runs the storm is going farther south than expected, and it doesn’t really organize until it is well past us. I am sure that most people would give up the little bit of snow on the ground for reasonable traveling conditions. The cold and windy we can’t do much about.
I saw that there are several hunter’s bake sales going on in advance of the season. I have seen signs at Firelane Bar  and at Jungle Jim’s. The only one that I have details on at the moment is Jungle Jim’s.. Silver Cliff Fire & Rescue Aux Hunter’s Bake Sale Fri Nov 17 9am-3pm @Jungle Jim’s.
The Caldron Falls Bar has a variety of music, events, meals, and specials for the coming week.
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Live music “Jamus Unplugged”

NOV 21 Tue

Hunter’s Special- $15.00 16oz T-Bone steak Dinner

Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

$15.00 16oz T-Bone steak Dinner 4pm till 9pm

NOV 22 Wed

Hunter Appreciation, FREE Venison Stew 4pm till gone

Nov 22 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 Hunter appreciation, FREE Venison Stew 4pm till gone

NOV 23 Thu

Customer Appreciation Thanksgiving Feast!

Nov 23 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Customer Appreciation Thanksgiving Feast! 3pm till 9pm

The Hilltop Resort & Supper Club normally has limited hours in November and December. They will be open all week next week and they have a Thanksgiving Buffet Thursday from Noon-8pm.
Places that I would consider for a Thanksgiving dinner are The Caldron Falls Bar, Hilltop Resort, Rapids Resort, Twin Bridge Resort, and Jungle Jim’s. There are many other fine offerings in the area.

I have about a 30 year tradition over deer hunting at Rapids Resort. Here is their gun deer season schedule: live music by Paul Matty on the 18th, hunters dinner buffet on Tuesday $7.95, Thanksgiving dinner buffet $10.95 on Thursday, Friday fish and Saturday prime rib, breakfast every day, hope to see you and hear your big buck stories!!!

 I am planning on being at Rapids Resort Friday night with my LED flashlights and headlamps to sell. (Web site) Be aware that my in-person pricing is at least $5 cheaper than on the web site and bonuses like extra batteries and cheap $5 flashlights happen too. If I still have some to sell I will likely be there Saturday night too. I will update here by early afternoon Saturday if I will be.
Have a good weekend and thank you for visiting!

Wednesday 11-8-17

Greetings and welcome!

We have been seeing some tough weather for outside work this fall season. Our normal high temperature today is in the upper 40s, and we have been lucky to get out of the 30s. I have seen this cartoon before.. It stays 10-15 degrees below normal until normal is in the low 30s and then it catches up and we end up getting cheated out of some nice 45-50 degree days. I guess that is the plan for this year.

We have also had rain or snow every weekend since the beginning of October, and it looks like that trend will continue too. Add in daylight savings time where the sun sets at 4:15 and it is a challenge getting outside work done.

The recent cold weather has started making the first ice on lakes and marshes. The ice on a friend’s small backyard pond was 1/2″ thick yesterday, and lakes are making first ice too. That will get a lot thicker later this week. We are expecting an inch or so of snow tonight, followed by a high temp of 26 for Thursday, but temps will crater to the upper teens late in the day. Thursday night we are expecting temps to get down to 8 degrees, followed by a high of 25 Friday. The weekend should get into the mid-30s, but there is a snow chance for Saturday night into Sunday.

Protect your plumbing.. Normally I don’t have to start the heater in the pump house and plumbing heat tape until after Thanksgiving, but it looks like this year it will come early. It is ok if it gets into the upper teens overnight if the days on either side will be over 40. Thursday night’s forecast is for a low of 8 degrees surrounded by 25 degree days. That won’t cut it, so it is time to protect the plumbing.

This year the calendar has a lot of stuff earlier than normal. This year’s deer gun season starts a week from Saturday, on 11-18. That seems like it is a week early, but it is just the way that the calendar falls. If you recall the Silver Cliff Soup & Chili Fest seemed like it was a weekend early too.

One late addition.. watch for the deer out in the road. It is that time of year, and there are plenty of them by roadsides and in the road after sunset. Last night I didn’t even get two miles and I counted almost 10 deer out on the roads, a couple at a time.

The snow from last weekend’s 6″ snowfall mostly melted away Sunday and Monday. Not all of it is gone though, there are still patches in shaded spots and snow piles along roads are still there. The ground is frozen, so any snow that we get tonight and Saturday night should start accumulating.

I don’t see a lot of mercy in the long term forecast. It looks like winter is coming early this year.

Time to get back to work. Have a good weekend and thank you for visiting!


Saturday 11-4-17

Greetings and welcome!

We got 6″ of wet heavy snow last night. It is melting fast but is still a big mess. Visit the Big Snow Page (Link) for lots of updates and pictures.


Friday 11-3-17

Greetings and welcome!

It has been a busy week so I don’t know as much as I’d like to today.

We had snow Wednesday night that probably made the 2″ mark before the rain came and pounded it down. There was probably a slushy half inch left at sunrise. By late afternoon Thursday the only snow on the ground was the piles that slid off of the car hoods and a few patchy shaded spots.

A friendly truck driver at the gas station said that heading toward Wabeno that the ground still held snow. It wouldn’t surprise me. We were right on the rain/snow line here in Silver Cliff. They would have gotten more snow and less rain to pound it down. I will get a look later today when I head that way.

We have more snow coming for tonight into Saturday. One forecast says 3″ another says 2-4″. Once Saturday warms up the snow is expected to turn to rain. Sunday also hold a chance of rain, but could get close to 50.

Have a good weekend and thank you for visiting!