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    "supposedly",is correct.

    when elk rut , they rut . don't matter to them if it is day or night or if moon is full or not.
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    What a lot of people don't realize is that animals just go on being animals when it is a full moon or not.

    A few years ago I had a muzzle loader tag in Utah for the ML deer hunt at the end of September and first of October. The elk had gone totally nocturnal in their habits. It was so hot during the day that all they did was sleep in the shade. But as soon as the sun went over the hill they went crazy. They were bugling all night and chasing cows. It was so dark that you couldn't see you hand in front of your face but the elk could care less.

    Then once the sun hit the area where they were at they went and bedded back down to wait out the heat of the day.

    That is where I was saying that you need to be ready to hunt them just before dark and right after sunup. If you didn't do that you were likely never to even see a animal that year. By the way, the deer were the same way and I shot my buck about 15 minutes before dark.
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    It's been my experience that during a full moon, when there's more activity all night long, that you'll experience some late morning/midday activity. Often times with the full moon, you'll have a shorter opportunity in the mornings and evenings, but will make up for it with good activity from 10-2.
    Of course, your mileage may vary, and a lot of that probably depends on whether or not you're hunting the rut, how cold/hot it is, if you're in the timber, or in the wide open, etc.

    Bottom line - Go when it fits your schedule best, hunt the entire time, and have fun.
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    Lot of good advice given. Don't worry about the moon just hunt.

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    I'm with Kidoggy on this. Weather and pressure play way more of a role in movement than moon. I know I'm not the only one who essentially switches my sleep schedule during archery to see where they are at night, and shadow em until sun up. You can sleep over a wallow mid day and also sleep when you're dead. Success doesn't come easy.

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    If I had to choose I would plan an archery trip to avoid a full moon the best I could.

    It if came down to hunting or not hunting I would deal with the full moon.

    Seasons are when they are. You got to hunt when you can hunt.

    Arriving in rifle season after 1000 other guys have cherry picked through the herd is probably a worse idea than trying to deal with the moon.

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    This feels like the kinda topic you could get 6 opinions from 5 people on. But just to throw my hat in the ring, I think it matters a heck of a lot more what other hunters are doing than what the moon is. If the GMU you're going to is mobbed with hunters on opening weekend and quiet by the closer, as many are, and you have the option to go for the closer, I would do that.

    Also, it's probably worth remembering that terms like "Hunter's Moon" came from the days when hunters would use the light of the moon to hunt deer and so on down in their fields after a harvest. Unless you're one of those rare places where you can hunt at night (or you're after hogs) I don't think the moon matters as much as the superstitions say...

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    Quote Originally Posted by taskswap View Post
    I don't think the moon matters as much as the superstitions say...
    But it sure is nice to blame something physical for a lack of success! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mallardsx2 View Post
    But it sure is nice to blame something physical for a lack of success! lol
    I think this is how the whole idea got started.
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    my lack of success is because the elk and deer have it in for me!!

    I moon em and they just run away laughin!
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