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Moon phases and rut?

Moon phases and the rut.  What do you guys think?  Is there a correlation, or does the full moon just mean the animals are moving/feeding at night and bedded more during the day?

Is the hunting better just before, or just after a full moon? During?  What do you think?  Confused

 

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I dont htink it does anything

I dont htink it does anything to the rut, the rut happens no matter what. I do however think they will be out more at night, it doesnt mean it impossible to hunt a full moon. when i hunt a full moon for elk i scout at night if its bright enough, I'll even wake up a little earlier to follow them from feed arre to bedding areas, It usally means you have to work a bit harder.

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 Here, deer movement is

 Here, deer movement is curtailed around the full moon. I have noticed the 2 evening hunts preceding the full moon have been very productive. I hunt more in the middle of the day during the full moon.

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come to think of it, i have

come to think of it, i have seen more animal in the middle of the day and late afternoon during a full moon, when i took my wife hunting we had to deal with a full moom, didnt see much in the mornings but saw tons  from about 1:00pm and on.

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