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Old 11-02-2007, 06:43 PM
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Does anyone ever use those solunar tables or have found them to help?
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:25 PM
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I dont find them usefull. I hate hunting during a full moon, love the new moon. And during the rut none of that matters anyway. But I may be wrong, this is just what I go by and it works for me.
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Old 11-10-2007, 09:53 AM
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I can't say that I actually abide by them yet. I do look at them and compare when I actually see deer and when the tables say they are moving the best. They seem pretty accurate to tell you the truth.
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Old 11-10-2007, 06:30 PM
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I went to a deer managment dinner for our local QDM sites and the speaker mentioned the tables and gave his report on his findings of the tables. I was impressed, but I have never found it useful, I think temperature has more influence than the moon.
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There are several "solunar" activity charts out there and they do not all agree. I have used the same one since the late 1960s and have them to be extremely accurate. Field & Stream magazine used to publish them monthly and you could order a booklet that contained the entire year in advance, which is what I did. These days you can subscribe to them online at solunarforcast.com.

There are other factors besides the position of the sun and the moon that effect the activity of game and fish that must also be taken into account. Barometric pressure will trump all other factors, especially for fish. When barometric pressure is low the fish are almost completely inactive and feed best during periods of high pressure. The key is to pick a time when both are favorable, high barometric pressure and a Major or Minor Activity time. If these don't coincide with my free time then I elect to do chores around the house. That way I don't waste my time and keep my wife happy. She understands how the solunar tables work and doesn't give me any grief when I take off to go hunting or fishing.

For deer hunting the rut trumps all other factors, but the deer are still more active during Major or Minor times during the rut than other times during the day. If you have limited time, try to pick a Major Time to hunt. If you have unlimited time, spend the whole day hunting during rut.

Back in the early 70s some of my co-workers challenged me to "prove it" when I told them about Solunar Tables. We were within a quarter mile of a small lake on the edge of town, so I told them that I would bring my fishing tackle with me the next day and take them to the lake to "prove it". Three of them piled into my car during our lunch hour at noon and we drove to the lake. I caught a fish on almost every cast using a small spoon with a green and yellow frog pattern at noon under a bright sun in the middle of the summer.

I can't prove it to you, but you can prove it to yourself IF you follow the tables AND take into account the other important factors such as barometric pressure and the rut.
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Old 07-11-2016, 04:59 AM
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I hunt when I have the chance to hunt and don't pay any attention to these tables. Don't use them for fishing either. Can't say whether they help or not but I've been pretty successful with my deer hunting considering I've shot 89 of them in my life.
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Old 07-13-2016, 04:38 AM
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so lunar tables get beat out by the dinner table every time. I have found if you are not out there you are not seeing them.
Same with fishing, if you don't have a line in the water you will catch nothing. Every free awake moment I'm pretty much hunting.

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Old 07-13-2016, 05:17 AM
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The absolute best time to hunt and or fish is when you can
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Old 07-13-2016, 06:49 AM
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My Daddy, may he rest in peace, used to say there are 2 times when you should be hunting or fishing: When it is raining and when it isn't. I have found that hard logic to fault. If you want to kill a lot of game or catch a lot of fish you need to get out of the house every chance you get. It really is that simple. You heard it from the Chief.
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Old 07-28-2016, 01:45 PM
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I don't plan anything around them. However, since I got my Casio Hunting watch years ago I've lost track of the times that the little buzzing alarm goes off right before a deer comes into view. If nothing else, I'll eat a quicker lunch or stay out later in the morning if the table shows it's time.
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