SET THE HOOK INTO A GREAT WEEKEND! Warm temps, steadying conditions and low winds will have anglers out in abundance taking advantage of a full moon – known as the “Full Buck Moon” by some. Remember as you jump from lake to lake this season to inspect, clean, drain and dry your boat to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species – learn more in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A 10-point buck in July velvet. While this month’s full moon is touted by the Old Farmer’s Almanac as the Full Buck Moon, the origin of that name, after significant research, seems sketchy with many other native moon names – even across tribes – being more prevalent. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 7/7 – A perfect Friday! Hi 86, Lo 59, Winds N @ 8.
Tomorrow: Sat 7/8 – Sizzling Saturday! Hi 93, Lo 63, Winds L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:57AM Sunset: 9:38PM
Moonrise: 8:23PM Moonset: 4:58AM
Overhead: 12:16AM Underfoot: 12:39AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (98% Full)
EDGE HOUR 8:00PM – 9:00PM. A powerful, nearly full moonrise will make the late evening bite all the better, so once you get to the cabin, the campsite, or wherever you’re spending the weekend on the water – get the stuff put away, the yard mowed fast and the boat to the launch, because this is THE fishing weekend of the summer and it all starts TONIGHT!
ANS PAINS. Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) utilize summer travel (check out this map from the Kootenai Environmental Alliance in Idaho to see how far they can get) by anglers and boaters as a way of hitching a ride from state-to-state and even around the country. While North Dakota has been able to avoid the introduction of many ANS in a widespread fashion thus far, that success has come with great vigilance. The major species to make headway into the Flickertail state are closely monitored by the G&F, and anglers should know where they’ve established a beach head in ND and be prepared to clean, drain and dry their boats and gear after visiting.
BUCKING THE TREND. The approaching full moon for the month of July is known as the “Full Buck Moon” for the time of the year when male deer’s antlers are growing to the fastest and toward their full potential. This name has been popularized by the Farmers Almanac, but upon looking at all of the July moons with some of the largest Native American tribes, none reference deer for July’s full moon. Most often, among the tribal names, July is a moon noting “ripening” or when certain berries are ready.
FOX IN ROCKS? A word on weird wildlife happenings from Atlas Obscura, a fox was freed from a grave situation in England when it got its head stuck between two tombstones. Okay…call it two and a half things and have a great weekend.
Keep your head on a swivel and Stay Sharp!