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Full Moon

Does anyone else worry about hunting the full moon? Grew up hunting unit 14 3rd season with a bunch of old timers and to them that was the only season that existed. We had great years and we had terrible years once I began to pay attention it seemed thad the terrible years were always full moons but it always seemed to be warmer as well (no snow). Talked to my buddy tonight and asked him. He said he's shot some of his best trophies during the full moon but has had some of his worst hunts as well. The units that he hunts hardly receive any pressure.

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To be honest I've never kept

To be honest I've never kept good enough notes to compare the years and how we did but know I have taken some when the moon was full all night, I think also the weather has played a much bigger part in seing animals in our area. The more snow we have had early the better it will be.

I do know I avoid going striper fishing in Utah during the full moon as we never do as well then. Somrething about bringing the shad to the surface at night when it's cool and they can see the moon on the water. The stripers feed better all night and don't bite as well during the day.

If plannong a trip to another state with a longer season I might try to avoid it but here at home I will hunt the same seasons I always do.

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Yep

I don't worry about it but like you I have noticed that when the nights are brightly lit, the animals feed at night and sleep in the day.

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I have never paid any

I have never paid any attention to the full moon or what phase it is in.  It really doesn't matter since the hunting season is set by the state and not by the moon.  As far as the animals feeding all night when it is full, they also feed all night when it isn't.  The most productive time to hunt is at first light and just before dark.  That is unless the animals are on the move then you can find one at anytime of the day. 

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It plays a role

I think moon phase can play a role in the amount of movement the animals make during the day.  If there is a bright, full moon, it seems like the animals can get bedded down before legal hunting hours even arrive.  However, other factors that have already been mentioned can over-power the effects from the moon phase.  I try to pay attention to the moon phases, but since my opportunities to hunt are limited, I do not have the luxury of changing my hunting schedule to better coincide with moon phases. 

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I havent really let the moon

I havent really let the moon phase determine what week i want t o hunt, most of the time its cloudy out here anyways so it doesnt really matter. A few years ago however i hunted during a full moon and it had snowed all day the first day i was up in the woods, that night it was clear and with the snow you could see just as good as you could during the daylight. we didnt get any deer that year in fact we only saw a few small bucks, but who knows if it was the bright nights or other factors, other time i have shot deer on full moon hunts.

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I always thought that it just

I always thought that it just pushed movement, at least for deer, into the mid-day hour.

Deer seem to have 2 movement times, one major, and one minor, spread evenly apart.  Most people think morning/evening, but if the full moon allows them to be really active at midnight, they'll be active again at noon.

My $.02, anyway....

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I have never been a fan of

I have never been a fan of hunting durning the full moojn whether it be big game or waterfowl.  I think the weather plays a big part on it also though.  With warmer temputures I feel that they move more at night, but when it's cold I feel that they move more throught out the day and they need the food to maintain the energy level and to keep the blood flowing. 

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It has always tickled the

It has always tickled the heck out of me when I hear people talk about the animals being more active because they can see better during a full moon.  Deer are nocturnal and their eyes are made to see at night, so they sure don't need the moon to see in order to move around and feed.  As was stated, they are more active just before dark and right after daylight, but during the rut they can be moving at noon just as readily.  I like to hunt the dark of the moon best, but I'm sure not going to stay home when it's full, especially being retired because the more hours you put in out in the field the better chance you obviously have of scoring! 

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true

Topgun 30-06 wrote:

It has always tickled the heck out of me when I hear people talk about the animals being more active because they can see better during a full moon.  Deer are nocturnal and their eyes are made to see at night, so they sure don't need the moon to see in order to move around and feed.  As was stated, they are more active just before dark and right after daylight, but during the rut they can be moving at noon just as readily.  I like to hunt the dark of the moon best, but I'm sure not going to stay home when it's full, especially being retired because the more hours you put in out in the field the better chance you obviously have of scoring! 

 

It is true that deer see better in low light than we do.  But more light still gives them better vision.  I think bear, caribou, and moose work the same way too.

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Not my cup of tea !!!!

I will hunt during a full moon, especially during archery season just because I need every day I can get, but if I have a choice I will plan my hunt around the full moon. If I am hunting rifle deer I will swap from 2nd to 3rd season depending on the full moon.

As far as critters feeding at night without the moon, they will, but not as long as they will during a full moon. Without the moon they will feed longer in the morning and the evening which will help you in finding that certain one just a little bit easier. Just my .02 !

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