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Moon Phase

I was wondering if you guys can give an opinion about the effect of moon phase on the Elk rut in Colorado? What is the best from your experiance?

I assume it is different in some places. My reason for saying that refers to my 15 years as a sportfish captain. Blue Marlin fishing In St. Thomas you want to fish during the full moon, but in Venezuela, the full moon shuts the fish down and the new moon is hot.

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From my experience, if there is a lot of hunting pressure, the full moon makes for poor hunting. The elk can see pretty good at night anyhow and they seem to go nocturnal when the moon gives enough light. Might not hold in areas where elk aren't pressured hard...if there is such a place. They don't show much during the day most of the time but the moon seems to make it worse. Maybe someone else can give their experience. I'm no game biologist.

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I would also have to say that a full moon put the animals more nocturnal. In my experiences that seems to be the case.

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I know alot of sites try to sell you info in moon phases but here is one I have been using for awhile and it is free.
http://www.fishsniffer.com/moonphase/

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Here's one I use to get the actual rise and set times for my exact location:
http://www.40-below.com/sunmoon/riseset.cgi

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Moon Phase

personally, i've noticed that moon phase tables indicate activity, but maybe for different reasons than why some think. animals, including humans, have two different types of light receptors in their eyes, one that works for colors, and one that works for shades... e.g. day time and night time.

on a full moon, animals are more apt to move at night when movement is easy. and predators do not have as much of an advantage.

the moon phase data i've looked at suggests a corellation between my idea and the amount of ambient light available at that time of the month.

i'm not sure exactly how much this affects their movement DURING the rut, because their drive to procreate will be satisfied no matter what the moon is doing. periods of full moon may lead to a decrease of activity during the day though.

my personal opinion on the matter is, every day is a good day to hunt.

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In the years I have hunted elk in southwest wyoming they seem to be very nocturnal when the moon is full and this is in areas where all the property is private. I have heard many elk bugling even after the rut when the moon gives enough light for them to see. I do believe its more of an advantage to the elk because its cooler at night and if they can see then they forage and move or rut then hole up in the dark timber during the day.

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