RUB A DUB DUB. We’d hate to be a sapling this time of year. If you’ve been getting out the past few days, odds are you’ve happened upon the fast-developing rublines and the unfortunate shrubs and trees which have been shredded by rut-drunk bucks. This weekend is setting up to be a nice one, so if you haven’t seen your share of this seasonal phenomenon, you will! We keep on the rub theme in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Kindling for the fire of love. This well-worn sapling bore the brunt of a buck near Saint Gertrude, N.D. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 11/16 – Stiff southeasterlies. Hi 40, Lo 18. Wind SE@18, G 28.
Tomorrow: Fri 11/17 – Calming down some. Hi 37, Lo 21, Wind N@9.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:49AM Sunset: 5:07PM
Moonrise: 5:39AM Moonset 4:44PM
Overhead: 11:15AM Underfoot: 11:38PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (3% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 4:30-5:30PM. Take advantage of a setting nearly-new moon combined with sunset in today’s Edge Hour. Winds will lessen some as well, but not noticeably.
RUB IT IN. Rubs help bucks take care of excess velvet in early autumn, but by this time of year, the trading posts allow bucks to deposit scent from glands on their face to help establish territory and get the word out that they’re ready when the ladies are. Following a rubline can help pinpoint travel, and finding one that is still damp and recently shredded points to a hot travel line and a great place to set up for a sit or stalk.
RUBBER CORE. Rubber core sinkers combine the weight of lead with an easy-twisting piece of rubber at the center to help provide easy-on-easy-off weight addition to a fishing presentation. Designed for medium duty bottom fishing, most commercial rubbercore sinkers run from 1/16 ounce all the way up to two ounces.
RUBBER DUCKY. Savage Gear lures has an ultra-realistic topwater bait for big bass, pike and muskie called the 3D Suicide Duck. In natural, coot and (you guessed it) rubber ducky yellow patterns, the lure offers up a two-treble layout with feathered hooks, and the soft, spinning rubber legs make the noise and surface disturbance to draw in a strike.
Cue Ernie from Sesame Street and Stay Sharp!