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#3063171 - 12/04/12 02:10 PM Moon up versus moon down
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I have been wondering if daylight buck activity is better on mornings and/or evenings when the moon is up versus mornings and evenings when the moon is down. I just finished analyzing 25 1/2 years of hunter observation data, looking at mornings when the moon is still up (waning moon [getting less full]) at sunrise versus mornings when the moon is not up at sunrise (waxing moon [getting more full]). In addition, I looked at evening hunts when the moon is up versus when it isn't at sunset (just the opposite of mornings, the moon is down at sunset when the moon is waning, and up at sunset when the moon is waxing).

I expected to see some sort of consistent difference (better when the moon is up or when the moon is down, both morning and evenings). I did not find that. In fact, all I found is that daylight buck sightings are higher in both mornings and evenings when the moon is waning (getting less full).

However, I did find one interesting pattern. The difference between waning and waxing moon morning hunts, as well as waning and waxing afternoon hunts is greatest the closer the moon is to being full. In essence, morning hunts when the moon is waning are generally better than morning hunts when the moon is waxing, however, the difference between the two is much greater nearer the full moon (waning just off the full moon versus waxing towards a nearly full moon). The same was true of evening hunts.

Wonder why?
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#3063187 - 12/04/12 02:17 PM Re: Moon up versus moon down [Re: BSK]
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I aint got a clue. I just hunt! haha
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#3063197 - 12/04/12 02:22 PM Re: Moon up versus moon down [Re: BSK]
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Interesting.

The only observation I've seen consistently regarding the moon in my years afield is this: deer seem to already be bedded early AM (6, 7, 8, 9) and not on their feet until later in the day under a bright moon (regardless of phase). On those nights/mornings that one can practically read a newspaper under the moon's glow, it's gotten so that I actually no longer feel pressure to be in a stand really early.

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#3063200 - 12/04/12 02:24 PM Re: Moon up versus moon down [Re: woodsman87]
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I personally like the moon overhead early in the afternoon, well before dark. But what I like even more is a good cold front with a dropping barometer! \:\)
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#3063206 - 12/04/12 02:26 PM Re: Moon up versus moon down [Re: Boll Weevil]
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And I don't take serious data, but I always have seemed that my afternoons with a waxing moon and following mornings have been better. It has been waning the past few days and I haven't seen as much activity. On saturday, even thought it was like 70 degrees, I saw two different shooter bucks, for me probably 3-1/2s and maybe 120'' One of them was at 12:30 on the side of the road. I drove buy him three times and he never ran off. One of them was at 3:00. Saw him on the way to my stand. He chased a doe right across the cow pasture.
I do not know if this had to do with the moon or not. But it was hot and middle of the day, that was unusual to me.

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#3063212 - 12/04/12 02:32 PM Re: Moon up versus moon down [Re: woodsman87]
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I like mid day hunting and will sit all day on a full moon if the timing is right! I still say weather has MUCH more influence on daytime movement!
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#3063228 - 12/04/12 02:44 PM Re: Moon up versus moon down [Re: Winchester]
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I couldn't agree more Winchester. Weather is a much bigger player than moon conditions. But I did find that data interesting...
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#3063235 - 12/04/12 02:48 PM Re: Moon up versus moon down [Re: Winchester]
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I have read before that deer movement increases during daylight when there is a moon rise during the day as opposed to a moon rise at night. For Nashville, the next daytime moon rise is Dec. 12 at 5:53am (waning crescent), Dec. 13 at 6:58am (new moon), etc. I have tried to find some correlation by going back to my prior year journal notes of sitings. Can't say I've found any correlation, but it does make sense to me. However, I do think that weather (and to a lesser extent wind speed, i.e., above or below 15 mph) has more impact on daytime deer behavior. Although too far out for the forecast to be very accurate, Dec 12 and 13 look like a cool down is finally going to arrive, with a morning rising moon. Hmm. I was already planning to play hooky on my birthday.
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#3063238 - 12/04/12 02:50 PM Re: Moon up versus moon down [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
I couldn't agree more Winchester. Weather is a much bigger player than moon conditions. But I did find that data interesting...

I agree BSK it is interesting, but do you think the next 25 yrs data would coincide with the previous 25 on moon data? Reason I ask is it seems every moon study ever done has had somewhat different results?

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#3063295 - 12/04/12 03:25 PM Re: Moon up versus moon down [Re: Winchester]
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Moon studies cannot be conclusive without atleast 30 years of study lol! Honestly, I never even heard this stuff mentioned till this year. A friend of mine told me a couple weeks ago to make sure and hunt the afternoon cuz the moon wuz out then. Its amazing the things we overlook everyday!
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