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How much do you guys read into the full moon when deer hunting?

Question by Ncarl. Uploaded on September 29, 2012

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

My best luck, I've had hunting during a full moon is afternoon. The bucks feed all night, with the bright light of the full moon. They bed down near first light and get up again from 11am to 2pm for an afternoon snack. If your state game laws allow you to hunt over bait, then be there between 11 in the morning till dark.
All the elk and deer Guides and Outfitters, I ever hunted with said, stay in your treestand all day during a full moon. Don't forget your lunch. Good Luck!

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

A great big old full moon to me means I need to stay on stand a little longer ('til noon instead of ten am). They tend to move later because they've been up all night.

You guys that live in small towns! Remember those old "Tonic" calenders your grandmother got from the drug store? It showed sunrise, sunset times, moon phases and "best days to fish"! Try hunting the "best days to fish "!
I don't know how they determine "best days", but it works fo hunting too!

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

More midday movement, less at dawn and dusk i've found.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Below is a video on the most recent research in regard to deer movements and moon phase. Keep in mind that this is based on 16 does in only 1 geographic area (the Fort Bragg Military base). My GF worked with Marcus on a fawn study this past summer.

I don't put much thought into moon phase when choosing stand locations, because based on all of the GPS data I have analyzed, deer are bedded down a majority of the afternoon throughout the year, EXCEPT during the rut. During the rut, all bets are off, and typical patterns are broken. Buck home ranges shift, and it was recently discovered that even does will make brief excursions outside of their normal home range.

www.qdma.com/videos/does-the-moon-affect-deer-movement

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Didn't see a deer today in two sits at proven spots. Gotta be the full moon.

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Bioguy,
I checked out your link with the University putting GPS collars on 20 deer at Fort Brag. I want to tell you that "the University of Gary Devine's Hunting Lease", located in New Jersey. I had three motion trail cameras working full time on that lease, with bait piles of food in front of each camera. My Primos cameras have the moon phase on each photo. My evidence showed, that some bucks were moving during midday, with the full moon.

I agree the Rut is the best time and bucks move all crazy hours. Remember, deer are not clones and what they do in Fort Brag does not speak for all the deer all over the country. Each hunter has to do his own experiment on his own deer population.
I do not want to get into another pissing match because I am still recovering from O. H's comments.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

When I used to travel to Alabama we didn't have a whole lot of success right before dusk like we used to when there was a full moon. It seemed like they came out later and fed all night. Of course the exception like Gary says they will stir anytime during the rut but you still have to get the does out in the food plots to feed before the bucks will follow.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Gary D. - In my opinion, trail cameras are the hunter version of a GPS collar. They record deer movements 24/7, and the data they record is similar (Location, date, time, etc.). That website I keep mentioning (www.biggamelogic.com) actually allows you to load trail camera photos and filter them by moon phase, date, time, and various weather conditions. Although I'm using it for a bunch of citizen science projects, it's original purpose was for patterning deer, and it's VERY useful for that. I highly recommend checking it out.

"Remember, deer are not clones and what they do in Fort Brag does not speak for all the deer all over the country."

I believe I said something similar to that in one of our Saskatchewan deer vs NJ deer discussions. It's also why I made this comment: "Keep in mind that this is based on 16 does in only 1 geographic area (the Fort Bragg Military base)." In that comment I was trying to make everyone aware that it was a small sample size, only one gender, and only in a very specific area of the country. The results do not represent the deer herd all over the country, but it was an interesting observation to have made. Sometimes observations like this lead to bigger projects. For example with nearly every deer study collecting GPS data anymore, more data sets from all over the country can be analyzed in regard to moon phase and compared.

"Each hunter has to do his own experiment on his own deer population."

I agree entirely!

"I do not want to get into another pissing match because I am still recovering from O. H's comments."

Lol! I try not to get into it with OH...I like him and respect him, and would even like to hunt with him some day, but the he can be overly passionate about some subjects. Nothing wrong with that, as we all have our buttons.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Out of curiosity who's OH haven't ever seen him on this site?

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Ah, it hit me ontario honker I assume.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Ncarl - Yup, Ontario Honker.

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from tazhunter92 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

And i love reading his comments

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

I agree with FirstBubba

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

A great big old full moon to me means I need to stay on stand a little longer ('til noon instead of ten am). They tend to move later because they've been up all night.

You guys that live in small towns! Remember those old "Tonic" calenders your grandmother got from the drug store? It showed sunrise, sunset times, moon phases and "best days to fish"! Try hunting the "best days to fish "!
I don't know how they determine "best days", but it works fo hunting too!

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

My best luck, I've had hunting during a full moon is afternoon. The bucks feed all night, with the bright light of the full moon. They bed down near first light and get up again from 11am to 2pm for an afternoon snack. If your state game laws allow you to hunt over bait, then be there between 11 in the morning till dark.
All the elk and deer Guides and Outfitters, I ever hunted with said, stay in your treestand all day during a full moon. Don't forget your lunch. Good Luck!

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Below is a video on the most recent research in regard to deer movements and moon phase. Keep in mind that this is based on 16 does in only 1 geographic area (the Fort Bragg Military base). My GF worked with Marcus on a fawn study this past summer.

I don't put much thought into moon phase when choosing stand locations, because based on all of the GPS data I have analyzed, deer are bedded down a majority of the afternoon throughout the year, EXCEPT during the rut. During the rut, all bets are off, and typical patterns are broken. Buck home ranges shift, and it was recently discovered that even does will make brief excursions outside of their normal home range.

www.qdma.com/videos/does-the-moon-affect-deer-movement

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Bioguy,
I checked out your link with the University putting GPS collars on 20 deer at Fort Brag. I want to tell you that "the University of Gary Devine's Hunting Lease", located in New Jersey. I had three motion trail cameras working full time on that lease, with bait piles of food in front of each camera. My Primos cameras have the moon phase on each photo. My evidence showed, that some bucks were moving during midday, with the full moon.

I agree the Rut is the best time and bucks move all crazy hours. Remember, deer are not clones and what they do in Fort Brag does not speak for all the deer all over the country. Each hunter has to do his own experiment on his own deer population.
I do not want to get into another pissing match because I am still recovering from O. H's comments.

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

More midday movement, less at dawn and dusk i've found.

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Didn't see a deer today in two sits at proven spots. Gotta be the full moon.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

When I used to travel to Alabama we didn't have a whole lot of success right before dusk like we used to when there was a full moon. It seemed like they came out later and fed all night. Of course the exception like Gary says they will stir anytime during the rut but you still have to get the does out in the food plots to feed before the bucks will follow.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Gary D. - In my opinion, trail cameras are the hunter version of a GPS collar. They record deer movements 24/7, and the data they record is similar (Location, date, time, etc.). That website I keep mentioning (www.biggamelogic.com) actually allows you to load trail camera photos and filter them by moon phase, date, time, and various weather conditions. Although I'm using it for a bunch of citizen science projects, it's original purpose was for patterning deer, and it's VERY useful for that. I highly recommend checking it out.

"Remember, deer are not clones and what they do in Fort Brag does not speak for all the deer all over the country."

I believe I said something similar to that in one of our Saskatchewan deer vs NJ deer discussions. It's also why I made this comment: "Keep in mind that this is based on 16 does in only 1 geographic area (the Fort Bragg Military base)." In that comment I was trying to make everyone aware that it was a small sample size, only one gender, and only in a very specific area of the country. The results do not represent the deer herd all over the country, but it was an interesting observation to have made. Sometimes observations like this lead to bigger projects. For example with nearly every deer study collecting GPS data anymore, more data sets from all over the country can be analyzed in regard to moon phase and compared.

"Each hunter has to do his own experiment on his own deer population."

I agree entirely!

"I do not want to get into another pissing match because I am still recovering from O. H's comments."

Lol! I try not to get into it with OH...I like him and respect him, and would even like to hunt with him some day, but the he can be overly passionate about some subjects. Nothing wrong with that, as we all have our buttons.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Out of curiosity who's OH haven't ever seen him on this site?

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Ah, it hit me ontario honker I assume.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Ncarl - Yup, Ontario Honker.

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from tazhunter92 wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

And i love reading his comments

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

I agree with FirstBubba

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