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What is the best moon phase to hunt?

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  1. Onboard

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    I wanted ur thoughts on which is the best moon phase to hunt or does it even matter?
     
  2. entropy

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    Scorpio with a bad moon rising.

    Seriously, here:

    http://www.solunarforecast.com/solunarcalendar.aspx

    Field & Stream (or was it Outdoor Life?) used to publish them in the back of the magazine every month;maybe they still do, I haven't looked through either in ages.
     
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  3. Patocazador

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    Anytime except during the full moon is good pre-rut. Hunt the full moon starting the quarter phase prior to the rut.
     
  4. FL-NC

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    I've killed deer during every phase. I think stable weather conditions with no abnormal spikes in either direction make more difference.
     
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  5. WestKentucky

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    Moon phase? I never give it a thought. Animals get hungry, thirsty, and sleepy just the same during a full moon as they do with no moon at all. Hunt your food sources, watering holes, and bedding grounds. The only thing to consider is what time to show up. Critters seem more active at night during a bright night, so they hit the areas at different times. Like people, some will stay up late and play at night, some will stay on normal schedule, and some will play the early to bed early to rise game. I hunt between bed and food in the morning, and rarely fool with evening hunts. I don’t like tracking in the dark.
     
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  6. Art Eatman

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    It always seemed to me that critters move a bit earlier in the evening and later in the morning when it's "the dark of the moon". The opposite when the moon is full.
     
  7. someguy2800

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    The one during the 2nd week in November.
     
  8. Onboard

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    I have never paid the phases any attention. My sugestion would be, hunt every time you can and want to. As another said, if you're not in the woods you can't get one.
     
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  9. Jeb Stuart

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    If you look it up on google there is a full complete detailed video. Make sure you check the moon tables in you area.
     
  10. Captcurt

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    I have watched the Solunar tables for several years now and they are usually pretty close to correct. Weather and hunting pressure can skewer them a little. It doesn't matter really. When I want to hunt, I hunt.
     
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  11. Fine Figure of a Man

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    Moon phases are like horoscopes, they only matter if you want them to.
     
  12. Loyalist Dave

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    I have watched Solunar tables for where I hunt for about five years now. When it comes to small game, like squirrels and rabbits, they seem pretty accurate, and when it comes to fishing, even more accurate. When it comes to deer there seem to be a few other factors, like how cold is it, and how wet is it, and how much noise from other hunters was made before dawn. The colder and damper it is the better I like it, as deer have to eat to keep warm, and although I know dozens of hunters who all swear deer go nocturnal after the first week of deer season, I've bagged several after 14:00 and before an hour before sundown.

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  13. Patocazador

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    I've found that the solunar tables work here on deer until the first cold front comes down, then I hunt in earnest the days before the front hits. That goes out the window when the rut kicks in.
     
  14. MCgunner

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    I just hunt when I want to.
     
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  15. Jeb Stuart

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    Many wildlife Biologist have studied the Rutting season of deer in depth. And every report I have seen shows there is a significant effect.
    No, None of us are experts but there are experts that do these sudy and they are interesting.

     
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    I find that they move in the day when they can't see at night, so if there's a new moon I try to be in the woods. But everyone on here that wasn't sarcastic is right. it's not cut and dried
     
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    Heck, I'm not convinced that the moon phase has a darned thing to do with fishing, much less hunting.
     
  18. jmorris

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    Hunt what? Do you have a feeder? Are you hunting during the day or at night?
     
  19. Bfh_auto

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    I hunt whenever I can. I focus more on the weather than the moon. Cold rain is ideal for my style of hunting. It allows me to sneak around better.
     
  20. Choctaw

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    Exactly. Hunt every chance you get.
     
  21. H&Hhunter

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    My wife is convinced on the solarlunar tables. I’ve started paying attention and I have to say that I think there is something to them. We hunt when we want to but I have noticed more movement during prime times on the tables.
     
  22. Johnm1

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    Maybe I missed something in the original post, but I read the question specifically about the phase of the moon and having nothing to do with the solarlunar tables. I realize that the solarlunar tables are based on the phase and location of the moon but I'm pretty sure that the original question was what phase of the moon was the best time to hunt as in what days to hunt. Most of the country has a significant period of time to hunt. What is it like 3 months for deer in Texas. But some of us are on a draw only and the weeks we hunt are prescribed by the state. So although I have hunted in both new and full moon weeks it isn't as easy to say hunt as much as you can.

    In my case, SE Arizona there are two seasons. Each 1 week long (Friday through Thursday). This year, like normal, there is a week between the first season and the second season. Fortunately this year the first season is the week of a new moon and the second season is the week of a full moon. I almost always chose the week of the new moon even if it is the second season. I just tend to see more deer the week of the new moon. Of course during the second season the deer have been disturbed more regardless of the phase of the moon.

    I don't know if it is true that deer feed/water at night on bright moonlit nights. But I suspect that is true based on what I have seen.
     
  23. mustanger98

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    The way I see it in my area, while the deer are always moving, the moon tends to make a difference, but so does people pressure.

    If the moon is up during the day, the deer move more during the day. If it's up at night, they'll move more then.

    But, with so much residential construction going on, I've notice that people pressure making more difference the last 3-4 years.
     
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