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

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

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

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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