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What Time of the Day is Best for Hunting Deer During a Full Moon?

by Bill Winke   |  July 12th, 2011 6

Conventional wisdom has always suggested that you should be out there at midday when the moon is full.

What time of the day is best for hunting deer during a full moon? Winke believes weather is actually a more important factor to consider when it comes to deer movement.

However, I have talked with several biologists regarding studies done to determine how moon phase affects deer behavior.  There seems to be no consensus on this subject; the biologists I respect the most now conclude that there is no strong correlation between moon phase and periods of high activity.

As a result, I have come to disregard moon phase.  More important are rut phase (which is dependent on the length of daylight – so it falls the same every year) and weather patterns.

In my experience, temperature is much more important than moon phase in predicting activity.

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