It’s a challenge every month to spot the New Moon after sunset by naked eye (or eyeglasses) as early as possible. I use the term New Moon in its traditional sense of one’s first sighting of the Moon after its monthly solar conjunction (Dark Moon). The Dark Moon (which some call New Moon) will be in geocentric longitudinal conjunction with the Sun on 2016 OCT 01 at 0:11 UT (SEP 30 at 19:11 CDT).
Early sighting of a New Moon can be difficult for observers north of the tropics during the months surrounding the time of the Autumnal Equinox due to the sharp angle at which the ecliptic strikes the horizon at sunset. However, the waxing crescent Moon moving north of the ecliptic this October should be somewhat helpful. The Moon after sunset on October 2 will be only a day old, yet some sharp eyed observers may spot it. More observers should have success the next evening. See my New Moon preview graphics above.
Also above is a link to a panorama including all Diana’s Bows in 2016. Those are waxing crescent Moons about 10% illuminated and aged about three days. The name is a reference to the archery equipment of the ancient Roman Goddess of Hunting and the Moon. The graphic nicely illustrates how the season of the year affects the viewing of a waxing crescent Moon.