Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18

Thread: Moon Phase?

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Posts
    16
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Moon Phase?

    Have any of yall found a connection between moon phases are success with mule deer? It would seem to me that under a full moon, the deer could see better at night and would be less likely to be around during the day. So I'd guess that the dark of the moon would have them showing themselves more during the day. But I have no evidence to back this up. Anyone have any evidence?

  2. #2
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Reno Nv
    Posts
    4,947
    Thanks
    1,441
    Thanked 785 Times in 569 Posts
    Congratulations
    283
    Congratulated 100 Times in 16 Posts
    Yep you nailed it. Full moon they will have been feeding at night. The best chance to see one is early mornings and late evenings.
    I don't Break the rules, I Modify them.

  3. #3
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Allegan, MI
    Posts
    1,360
    Thanks
    123
    Thanked 393 Times in 294 Posts
    Congratulations
    53
    Congratulated 52 Times in 10 Posts
    I think most would say that the mornings after a full moon are better since they seem to stay bedded longer in the evening before they get up to start feeding and then may be out longer before bedding the following day. However, it's basicly somewhat of an old wives tale about them seeing better in a full moon because there have been many scientific studies that show they can see just as well or better in the dark of the moon as we can see during the day. I always check to see what the moon phase is in any given year for when I'll be hunting and I stay out longer in the morning, but I definitely don't base my actual hunting days of whether I'm going or not on it.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    482
    Thanks
    10
    Thanked 49 Times in 45 Posts
    Congratulations
    4
    Congratulated 3 Times in 2 Posts
    I have a strange theory that has no backup other than "I think".

    If you are hunting a relatively small area that borders areas that hold deer, I believe a full moon may help you. I have this idea that animals may cover more ground at night when they can clearly see, and you may have animals in your area in the morning when you get there. I think this is true of elk for sure, but I am not certain it applies to deer so much. Just one of the weird ideas that go through my head.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    North Umpqua, Oregon
    Posts
    2,647
    Thanks
    494
    Thanked 621 Times in 391 Posts
    Congratulations
    93
    Congratulated 102 Times in 13 Posts
    I am a firm believer in hunting a dark moon for deer and elk. I even try to anticipate the hunting seasons out 5 or 10 years and compare that to the moon cycle for those dates, so I can draw on years with a darker moon and closest to rut dates.

    Let's put it this way, i have never heard anyone complain a hunt was more difficult than they anticipated on a dark moon, yet have heard numerous complaints when hunting a full moon.

    For elk, a year ago a well known elk producer gave me a full moon strategy I am looking forward to trying out.

  6. The Following User Says Thank You to Umpqua Hunter For This Useful Post:


  7. #6
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Allegan, MI
    Posts
    1,360
    Thanks
    123
    Thanked 393 Times in 294 Posts
    Congratulations
    53
    Congratulated 52 Times in 10 Posts
    I'm with you 100% on those thoughts UH, except for the looking 5-10 years down the line because at my age I'm just looking at the upcoming season and hoping I'm still around for it, LOL!!!

  8. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    west michigan
    Posts
    34
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I know with whitetails that the full moon does affect time of movement. Last year in Nebraska most of the big bucks I saw were extremely early (first ten minutes of legal light) and mid-day. We were hunting during the full moon phase. I would believe you could conclude similar behavior patterns with mule deer. The big difference being their bedding habits. Whitetails look for heavy cover and most mule deer I have hunted are found in more open areas. Bottom line the moon phase is less of a worry when I hunt mule deer. If I was planning a trip and I had the choice I would go with a darker moon phase period to go.

  9. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Sweet Home Alabama
    Posts
    628
    Thanks
    145
    Thanked 151 Times in 116 Posts
    Congratulations
    32
    Congratulated 9 Times in 4 Posts
    Based on my experience I like hunting the first and last quarter moon phases. Peak movement seems to be morning and afternoon. New moon and full moon seem to make the deer move at midnight and midday. Weather and especially barometric pressure seem to be the most consistent indicators on whether deer will move or not.

  10. The Following User Says Thank You to Alabama For This Useful Post:


  11. #9
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Denver, CO
    Posts
    14
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Congratulations
    0
    Congratulated 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Alabama View Post
    Based on my experience I like hunting the first and last quarter moon phases. Peak movement seems to be morning and afternoon. New moon and full moon seem to make the deer move at midnight and midday. Weather and especially barometric pressure seem to be the most consistent indicators on whether deer will move or not.
    What's the connection to barometric pressure?

  12. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Reno, NV
    Posts
    1,011
    Thanks
    206
    Thanked 237 Times in 205 Posts
    Congratulations
    6
    Congratulated 4 Times in 2 Posts

    Moon Phase?

    I've always been a believer of the moon phase effect on deer, but, I just started reading Hunting Open Country Mule Deer by Dwight Schuh (good read recommended on another thread here by other forum guys) and he pretty much calls BS on it. Not sure what I think still but it gets me thinking that maybe I tend to overthink the small things.

 

 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •