THE SUN SETS ON SUMMER (for now). Temperatures cool after a weathermaker settles in over the region today bringing storms and steady rain throughout the daylight hours and we get a hint of what’s to come until a weekend warm-up brings us back into the 80s. You can use the time indoors today to get your pronghorn lottery application in, learn more about this non-antelope in Today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: The sun sets over the Missouri River valley. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 8/2 – Washout Wednesday. Hi 70, Lo 58, Winds N @ 12, G20.
Tomorrow: Thu 8/3 – Cool but dry. Hi 74, Lo 51, Winds N @ 9.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:25AM Sunset: 9:12PM
Moonrise: 5:24PM Moonset: 2:17AM
Overhead: 10:11PM Underfoot: 9:47AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (76% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 6:00-7:00AM. Beat the rain as the best hour of daylight will be the first one. After sunrise it’s going to get a bit dicey and you’ll be better served inside organizing your tackle with rain and storms dominating the day.
LAST CALL. Today is the last day to get in on the Pronghorn Lottery. 410 licenses are available in ND this year, and the lottery is open to residents only. Bow season runs from noon on Sept. 1 to Sept. 24, and the gun season starts Oct. 6 and closes Oct. 22.
MISNOMER. The pronghorn – often called the pronghorn antelope – is not a true antelope. Because it resembled a number of African and Asian antelope species, the name “pronghorn antelope” stuck to the species when explorers first happened upon them in their adventures in what would become the western United States. The pronghorn, like the buffalo, once ranged across much of the western U.S., and also from Canada to Mexico and was hunted by all native tribes, except the Apache, who deemed it unhuntable as the animal housed the spirits of their anecestors.
AIN’T ANTLERS. Judging by its name, the pronghorn sports a set of horns – like cows – which are permanent structures, encased in a layer of keratin. The horns are not shed, but rather grow with the animal throughout its lifetime. Antlers on the other hand, like those found on elk and deer, are made completely of bone and are shed year after year, and typically get bigger each season.
Now you know (if you didn’t already). Stay Sharp.