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Old 10-20-2010, 04:14 AM
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I really don't know much about hunting different moon phases. Just looking for some information.
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Old 10-20-2010, 04:42 AM
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When you get a full moon that is up most the night you a.m. hunt will be a lot more productive than a evening hunt. All other moon phase's IMO are not important, with the exception of when it's over head or under foot deer tend to be on there feet.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:35 AM
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There is a full moon this weekend. I've been wondering how that will affect the hunting then. From what I noticed things are really starting to pick up in my area. Lots of activity. Last Saturday I couldn't hunt and thought it was too breezy anyway. Well, the owner of the land I hunt saw 20 different bucks last Saturday and they were all up and moving big time.
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:07 PM
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Forget the moon phase. I have hunted white tails for nearly 5 decades. Buddy of mine , J. Bush, and I took detailed notes across 3 seasons. I had all of the data once upin a time but tossed it long ago. It was a waste of time and energy. We probably logged 200 days of hunting. We found practically zero correlation between moon phase and deer movement here in the deep south. Only thing that seemed "strong" was that during a full moon and with a clear night sky, they seemed to move later in the day. The number one cause-effect was weather. Cooler weather = more day light movement. N-NW breeze and dropping temps ... good ! E-SE breeze, and warming temps .... not good ! Hour or two after a shower .... good. Driving rain .... bad ! That was about it.

My advice .... just go to the deer woods whenever yo can. Get in the woods early and often, and stay late. And scout....scout...scout.
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:55 PM
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moonphase matters bright moon lastnight woke up late this morning and walked into my stand to kick up 8 deer thought the hunt was over till I got up in my stand sat for 10 minutes and 6 deer came in 4 more does a 8 point and a 7. Before this morning I would average 3 deer every morning hunt this was 14 deer. Sat there tonight and only saw a button buck
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:43 PM
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This topic has been brought up a lot and a lot of people giver different opinions on the matter. In my opinion deer tend to move less during the day when there is a full moon. You will see them out in the fields at night with less movement during the day. Your best shot is the last 15 minutes before dusk, and possibly mid day, as deer will tend to get up for a while during this time.

The group I hunt with hunts mornings and evenings, and I can tell you we have shot a lot more bucks during a new moon than a full moon. While I think the moon does have an affect on deer movement, weather has an even bigger impact.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by dusters84 View Post
This topic has been brought up a lot and a lot of people giver different opinions on the matter. In my opinion deer tend to move less during the day when there is a full moon. You will see them out in the fields at night with less movement during the day. Your best shot is the last 15 minutes before dusk, and possibly mid day, as deer will tend to get up for a while during this time.

The group I hunt with hunts mornings and evenings, and I can tell you we have shot a lot more bucks during a new moon than a full moon. While I think the moon does have an affect on deer movement, weather has an even bigger impact.
Totally agree with you Dusters84. I see the same deer reactions as you do with full moon and no moon.
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by dusters84 View Post
This topic has been brought up a lot and a lot of people giver different opinions on the matter. In my opinion deer tend to move less during the day when there is a full moon. You will see them out in the fields at night with less movement during the day. Your best shot is the last 15 minutes before dusk, and possibly mid day, as deer will tend to get up for a while during this time.

The group I hunt with hunts mornings and evenings, and I can tell you we have shot a lot more bucks during a new moon than a full moon. While I think the moon does have an affect on deer movement, weather has an even bigger impact.

Ditto..same experiences
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Old 10-23-2010, 04:17 PM
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I haven't seen a correlation with moon phase on the actual day of hunting, but the research shows that it can tell you something about the rut. The 2nd full moon after the autumn equinox is called the rut moon. It is when the rut is supposed to kick off. Most of the time it is the beginning of November, but this year it is this weekend. From my experience, it is when the little bucks start running around, but the big boys will still hold out for a bit.

As far as day to day hunting, I hunted Buffalo County, WI last year the first week of November. This is the #1 area in the world for Booners. That week was kicked off with a full moon. I hunted 5 days straight in my stand from sun-up to sun-down and I did not see a deer between 10 and 2:30.
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Old 10-23-2010, 04:59 PM
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Today they moved for me 10:00-noon and then again 5:00 till dark.



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