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Old 01-17-2022, 04:55 PM   #1
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Interesting read from Mossy Oak about the effect the moon phase has on hunting deer: http://mossyoak.com/our-obsession/bl...xyz4U2_DHIH57U

Which side of the debate are you on?
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Old 01-17-2022, 05:34 PM   #2
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I hunt, and fish, whenever I can whatever the phase is. Sure some moon phases might be better than others.
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Old 01-17-2022, 06:10 PM   #3
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I think this has been put to bed several years ago. No evidence for the moon phases affecting deer movement to any appreciable amount. I do believe that the full moon is not as good as the new moon for normal deer movement.
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Old 01-17-2022, 06:21 PM   #4
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I hunt, and fish, whenever I can whatever the phase is. Sure some moon phases might be better than others.
Yes, sir, this strategy provides a lot of good results for many. Yet, we have a lot of others who also have good results that say this stuff does not matter...


Why we wanted to ask the question, to gauge what everyone thought here.
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Old 01-17-2022, 06:27 PM   #5
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I think this has been put to bed several years ago. No evidence for the moon phases affecting deer movement to any appreciable amount. I do believe that the full moon is not as good as the new moon for normal deer movement.

Sorry, we must have missed that discussion or not been on TBH yet. We'll try to find the info you are talking about as we would love to hear what everyone thought.
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Old 01-17-2022, 06:36 PM   #6
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Always try to hunt the moon when possible. However with limited hunting opportunities I will go anytime.
Something that may cause an uproar, but I would expect the moon to have much less effect on the popular way of hunting in Texas.
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Old 01-17-2022, 06:38 PM   #7
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Someone say nap time!? I lean toward the red moon having much more of an impact on deer movement and simple moon position vs. phase.
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Old 01-17-2022, 06:42 PM   #8
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Someone say nap time!? I lean toward the red moon having much more of an impact on deer movement and simple moon position vs. phase.
Yes . . There is app that predicts the red moon . . Also a tv show I think on the pursuit channel . .
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Old 01-17-2022, 06:45 PM   #9
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I have no doubt that the moon affects deer movement. All my kids and Grandkids have to be weekend warriors so they hunt when they can. Some weekends have lots better movement than others.
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Old 01-17-2022, 06:58 PM   #10
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My observation for many years has been that pressure put on deer has the biggest effect on their movement.
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Old 01-17-2022, 07:15 PM   #11
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This is probably the outlier but I killed my best bow buck one evening when the high was 85. Full moon and wind blowing 20 which is a lot in Montgomery. Went that evening because it was the only chance I had for awhile. I never saw the buck before and he came strolling out.
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Old 01-17-2022, 07:21 PM   #12
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My observation for many years has been that pressure put on deer has the biggest effect on their movement.
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Old 01-17-2022, 07:48 PM   #13
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I hunt any phase but full. My favorites are in order.
First
Last
New.
Moon definitely effects game movement.
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Old 01-17-2022, 08:34 PM   #14
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I believe that the major factors on deer movement are as follow:

Hunting pressure
Barometric pressure
Moon phase

I personally try to avoid "full" moon when hunting deer.

If I am hunting Africa, I prefer the "dark" moon. On a 10-day hunt, I want the dark moon in the middle of the 10 days. I try to avoid the full moon. Game will move, but not as good as on the dark moon.

I don't think moon phase has any impact on pronghorn antelope.

I'm not really sure about wild hogs and moon phase.
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Old 01-17-2022, 08:52 PM   #15
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Wind and temp effects deer movement more than moon phrases I m o.
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Old 01-17-2022, 09:27 PM   #16
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Sorry, we must have missed that discussion or not been on TBH yet. We'll try to find the info you are talking about as we would love to hear what everyone thought.
It wasnít on TBH, but some respected biologists have written articles to that effect.

Iím in agreement with human pressure being probably the number one influence, but food certainly has something to do with it as well as air temps. Temperature is the reason we see so little chasing some years, (like last year), the deer are moving but at night when itís a little cooler.

I also think that smart people can study whitetails until the cows come home and never learn all they want to know.
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Old 01-17-2022, 09:29 PM   #17
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I have no doubt that the moon affects deer movement. All my kids and Grandkids have to be weekend warriors so they hunt when they can. Some weekends have lots better movement than others.
Agree^^^^
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Old 01-17-2022, 10:56 PM   #18
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I pay no mind to the moon but I also hunt different than most of you. Pressure and weather play a much bigger roll for me

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Old 01-17-2022, 11:44 PM   #19
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I never paid too much attention and hunted whenever the opportunity was there. This past weekend I was curious because feeders usually with a lot of activity had none. Corn thrown in the morning was undisturbed all day. Pulled the cards on the trail cams and all kinds of activity all night. Maybe it was the full moon, maybe the front coming, maybe the hunting pressure (although these deer aren't pressured that much) or maybe just an alignment of the planets. I do know it was a bright moon and the deer fed all night and didn't show during the day. So, with that knowledge, I'm going to hunt whenever the opportunity is there
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Old 01-18-2022, 01:01 AM   #20
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I pay attention to the moon phase when going on out of state hunts since those require time off and planning.

For my deer lease, I hunt when I can and don't worry about it too much.
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Old 01-18-2022, 06:41 AM   #21
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I don’t think the phase has as much to do with deer movement other than the morning after a full moon when I don’t see squat.

I’m more into the moon’s “position” as per the Solunar Tables. Might not always see deer when forecasted but I can guarantee if it predicts minimal movement I won’t see squat.

Solunar Tables and a preferred barometric pressure is most important imo.
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Old 01-18-2022, 07:27 AM   #22
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Put a camera at your feeder. See what time game shows up and check where the moon was at that time.
Judge it for yourself.
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Old 01-18-2022, 08:41 AM   #23
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It wasn’t on TBH, but some respected biologists have written articles to that effect.

I’m in agreement with human pressure being probably the number one influence, but food certainly has something to do with it as well as air temps. Temperature is the reason we see so little chasing some years, (like last year), the deer are moving but at night when it’s a little cooler.

I also think that smart people can study whitetails until the cows come home and never learn all they want to know.
Thanks so much for this clarification!

Lol ... We were not finding anything here on TBH and just knew it was user error.

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Old 01-18-2022, 08:48 AM   #24
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Mo matters, but the best time to go is WHEN YOU CAN… but when planning, I plan deer hunts and fishing trip around new moon when I can

That said, I think moon effects fish WAY more than deer… also I think that some pockets of deer are more or less effected.

I have also heard some BIGTIME successful deer hunters talk about how granular you would have to get in the study to be sure… if it helps get a buck o. His feet 10 minutes early that can be all it takes. Or if effects their travel path not just the timing it can be huge

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Old 01-18-2022, 08:51 AM   #25
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Put a camera at your feeder. See what time game shows up and check where the moon was at that time.
Judge it for yourself.
Iíve done that - gone back and compared the time stamp on the photos against the Solunar Tables and found they coincided about 2/3 of the time. Doesnít mean they wereít up and around away from the camera.

Which of these 2 weeks do think would be better to hunt?
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