Uffda! Saturday might be a struggle with gusty winds and sideways rain and a good chance for storms. Stare at your tacklebox, or watch the radar and brave the elements from a safe location, but have your post-frontal game face ready as the minor moon phase and easing conditions might allow for an evening trip. In the meantime, we’re talking elk!
(Photo: A bull elk in velvet rests alongside a stream in Yellowstone National Park. Simonson Family Photo Archives.)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Pop the rain shield up and go fishing. Or watch college football re-runs.
Today: A day of rain and wind. Hi 71, Lo 57. Winds NW @ 18 mph.
Tomorrow: Rain chances fade by noon. Hi 73, Lo 52 Winds NW @ 16 mph.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:48AM Sunset: 9:40PM
Moonrise: 2:02AM Moonset: 1:54PM
Overhead: 7:53AM Underfoot: 8:17PM
Moon Phase: Last Quarter at 6:33AM
EDGE HOUR: 8:30 – 9:30 PM. With moon underfoot and the sun setting, the solunar elements will be in your favor, but the backside of the storm means post-frontal conditions. At least the rain will let up in the evening. Go slow, go light, go clear and go give it a try, as the last hour of the day will be your best chance to get out.
ND ELK SEASON REMAINS POPULAR. Elk remains one of the most popular “once-in-a-lifetime” tags for which hunters apply in the State of North Dakota. This year 389 lottery elk tags were made available to hunters in the Peace Garden State along with 247 for moose and up to 8 for Bighorn Sheep, pending this summer’s survey. Check out the numbers, stats, locations and more in the special big game proclamation at the NDG&F website.
ANTLER EFFECT. The antlers on bull elk are one of the fastest growing tissues in the animal kingdom. By the end of the summer season, antlers on a big bull can weigh up to 40 pounds. Like deer, elk use their antlers to mark their territory by rubbing on trees, and occasionally engaging in sparring matches with rival males before and during the mating season, which can sometimes be so violent, they result in death of one (or both) animals.
RECORD ELK. The Boone & Crockett record typical American Elk was a 6×7 monster which scored 442 5/8 inches and has stood for 50 years! The non-typical record was a 14×9 freakshow which scored 478 5/8 inches and was taken just a decade ago in Utah.