LOVE IS IN THE AIR! The rut is wrapping up, and those die-hard hunters are in the field looking for the last few bucks chasing does in hopes of passing on their lineage. We talk more about mates and those species that lock up for life, hold a harem, and some that are in between, in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A smallmouth slammed this jig while protecting a nest during the post-spawn stretch. Male smallies exhibit well-known nest-guarding behavior, which is unusual compared to other ND fish species. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 11/28 – Warm westerlies. Hi 47, Lo 30, Winds W@14, G25.
Tomorrow: Wed 11/29 – Calm morning. Hi 46, Lo 27, Winds S@9 to N@14, G 25.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:05AM Sunset: 4:57PM
Moonrise: 2:36PM Moonset 1:40AM
Overhead: 8:37PM Underfoot: 8:13AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (71% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 2:00 – 3:00PM. Moonrise and fading winds will start off a nice afternoon in today’s Edge Hour. Get out there and enjoy!
TIL DEATH. Notable wildlife that mates for life includes bald eagles, wolves and certain species of doves. The benefits of monogamy include time and energy not wasted each season on securing a mate or mates, better attention to raising young and doing so successfully.
FLIP SIDE. Then again, there are a number of wild creatures that have no dedication to a single mate, and are quite the opposite. Male whitetailed deer and ringneck pheasants are polygamous creatures which, in their designated mating season, attempt to mate with as many females as possible in order to spread their genes around and continue their lineage. This results in the typical rutting behavior of bucks each fall to establish dominance and the sparring and crowing activity for roosters in the spring to show off for hens.
EN GARDE. Then again, there are some wildlife in North Dakota that exhibit a middle level of care, including male smallmouth bass which guard the nest full of eggs they fertilized and the small fry that hatch, protecting them from egg robbing fish. After their offspring hatch and are big enough to disburse, so do they. Many others species of fish simply lay eggs, fertilize them and then head out after the mating process is complete. So much for parenting.