Daily Edge for Sat. July 1

Warm weather settles in for the weekend after a cooler stretch.  This week looks hot – and not just because of all the exploding fireworks! Celebrate this country by blowing up a small portion of it with a pack of Black Cat firecrackers.  In the meantime, we’re focused on another fine specimen of ND megafauna – the moose – in today’s Three Things.

(Featured Photo: A young bull moose lounges along a mid-field stand of cattails near Sibley, ND.  Simonson Photo)

DAILY CONDITIONS:

WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Things warm up on the turn of the calendar and winds will subside on the back half of the weekend.
Today:  Sat 7/1 – July’s comin’ in hot! Hi 84, Lo 53 Winds NW @ 17 mph.
Tomorrow:  Sun 7/2 – Warmer, less wind. Hi 83, Lo 56, Winds SE @ 8 mph.

SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:53AM Sunset: 9:40PM
Moonrise: 2:36PM Moonset: 1:50AM
Overhead: 8:30PM Underfoot: 8:08AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (56% Full)

EDGE HOUR: 8:30 – 9:30PM.  Catch a near perfect bite as the sun goes down, with winds tapering and fish settling in on some stable weather.

DAY RATING:
3Fish

THREE THINGS.

MOOSE TRACKS.  Moose are one of the three “once-in-a-lifetime” tags available to hunters in ND, and remain a popular pursuit.  This year the NDG&F has issued 247 tags for moose in the state, and despite recent trends in other states, the population remains fairly stable in North Dakota.

MN MYSTERY.  Moose population declines in the land of 10,000 lakes have not been as steep over the past several years as they were in 2012.  Last year’s survey estimated approximately 3,710 moose in the northeastern populations.  While many theories have been posited and factors considered – including wolf predation, brain parasites, and even an increase in tick populations – biologists have been unable to pinpoint a precise cause or causes of the steep drop in MN moose populations.

RECORD RACK.  The Boone and Crockett record moose is an Alaska-Yukon specimen taken in 1994 by John A. Crouse.  It scored 261 and 5/8 inches with 34 total points on its massive rack.

Count ’em all up, and Stay Sharp!

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