I have had my most deer sightings on the first quarter or last quarter of the moon....when it was overhead or underfoot. I used to follow the new moon and full moon theories but never had much luck...was hit or miss. Since started trying to make sure I MAKE TIME to hunt during first or last quarter when overhead during daylight....I have noticed a difference. All that is impacted by weather and human intrusion of course but all things being equal. I also make a point of getting out just before a big front swings through....or immediately after a storm that last more than just a few hours.
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Ron Herman Compton's Traditional Bowhunters Backcountry Hunters & Anglers PBS Assoc since 1988 NRA Life USAF Retired (1984-2004) Posts: 1782 | From: Charleston, South Carolina | Registered: Aug 2005
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I have never kept records on it, but it seems that, over the years, I have seen fewer deer during the brighter phases of the moon. However, I have seen enough deer during this time that I would not cancel a hunt due to a full moon.
My trail camera shows deer activity in the middle of the night during full moon and very little daylight activity. However, the 2 largest whitetail bucks I have ever seen while hunting, was during a full blood moon about 4:30PM The moon was huge and bright on the horizon, even though there was plenty of daylight left. The bucks were about 70 yards. The larger one was calm, the other one was on alert. I would of shot either of them had they came across my side of the field withing bow range.
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