TALE OF THE TAPE. There are a number of tape-based tools that sportsmen can easily pack into their tackleboxes and field bags, and we address those items and some quick emergency situations they can remedy in the outdoors.
Featured Photo: That’s a wrap! Beyond covering wires, electrician’s tape is great at securing reels to rods, especially for ice fishing. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: 6/19 – Lessening clouds. Hi 75, Lo 58, Wind NE@10.
Tomorrow: 6/20 – Midweek marvel. Hi 80, Lo 60, Wind N@7.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:49AM Sunset: 9:41PM
Moonrise: 12:47AM Moonset 1:36AM
Overhead: 7:32PM Underfoot: 7:06AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (42% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:30-7:30AM. Sunrise, moon underfoot and light winds will help start your day off right on the water in today’s Edge Hour.
IT’S ELECTRIC. Black electrician’s tape is perfect when wires and connectors need to be locked into place or re-set in a boat. It also helps attach ice reels to rods with a few firm wraps. When fishing swivels against big sinkers for catfish, sturgeon or other species, a quick wrap over the bottom tie-in will prevent the weight from crashing into the knot and weakening the line.
MARK IT. Light-colored marking tapes tucked into a field bag or pouch can help with tracking wounded deer. At the last spot of blood, tie a strip on a branch and start looking for the next sign. Use these in pink, orange and yellow to mark off 20-, 30- and 40-yard distances from a tree stand for a quick reference when preparing to shoot. They also make great trail markers for finding the stand in the dark.
SHUCKY DUCKY. Is there anything duct tape (a/k/a “duck” tape) can’t fix? From patching holes in waders, to doubling as a band-aid, to securing loose parts, the silver miracle has done it all and seen it all. Books have been written on the product, which was ideated by a worried mother of two Navy sailors serving in WWII, who sent a letter to the President explaining what the first iteration of her “duck tape” could do to keep sailors’ ammo safe, ready and secure.