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#473662 - 10/29/07 09:29 PM Lunar Based Rut Theory
10 Point

Registered: 10/10/04
Posts: 3478
Loc: va beach


I'm sure most of you are familiar with this theory, has discussed every year in D & DH. This year's prediction puts this week and next week as the prime weeks to hunt.

What do you all think about the merits of this theory? Are they on to something or is it just a load of BS?

#473884 - 10/30/07 06:08 AM Re: Lunar Based Rut Theory [Re: pass-thru]
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Registered: 01/16/06
Posts: 4784
Loc: Wartburg,TN

This is just my opinion, based on anecdotal evidence and common sense observations, plus having read Laroche and Alsheimers research. I do not think the Moon has anything to do with when the rut comes in or peaks. I DO believe that the moon affects deer movement, thus moon phases may make it APPEAR like it affects rutting behavior, just like weather. So, during the rut - if you have the right moon phase and cold weather - you have got the recipe to see a lot of deer movement during the day. If it is during the rut, and it is hot and/or wrong moon phase - most activity may be at night or limited movement.

Again, this is just my opinion and "I ain't no expert"! BSK and others would be qualified to answer this...not me.
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#473954 - 10/30/07 07:27 AM Re: Lunar Based Rut Theory [Re: pastorbmp]
6 Point

Registered: 07/16/07
Posts: 895
Loc: East TN

I used to think the days leading up to the full moon were the best for rutting activity this time of year, but anymore I think it is more the right time and weather actually affects how much activity we hunters see. I generally see more deer while hunting during a full moon then on a new moon.
#474035 - 10/30/07 08:32 AM Re: Lunar Based Rut Theory [Re: lostsoul]
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Registered: 01/17/06
Posts: 7991
Loc: Collierville,TN.

If the weather is warm, I don't care what type of moon or where we are in the lunar cycle, deer movement during daylight hours will be minimal even during all stages of the rut. Most of the chasing, seeking, and breeding will occur at night when the temperatures drop.For the main farm I hunt, The first two weeks of 1st rifle season is when the mature bucks are up and running does. My personal favorite days are November 17-25 ( given the temps are cool).
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#474055 - 10/30/07 08:53 AM Re: Lunar Based Rut Theory [Re: pass-thru]
12 Point

Registered: 06/28/07
Posts: 6709
Loc: Rhea County

November is my favorite time to be in the woods for many reasons including I believe that where I hunt the rut is in full swing SOMETIME during the month. So I will be taking nearly the whole month off to hunt.

I will go along with weather/temps being the driving force behind deer movement during daylight hours whether bucks are rutting or not.
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#474440 - 10/30/07 01:34 PM Re: Lunar Based Rut Theory [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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Registered: 12/30/04
Posts: 221
Loc: Belvidere, TN USA

On the farm I hunt most chasing is occurring durring the second rifle season much closer to Christmas. If I could choose just 2 days to hunt they would be November & December 26.
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#474621 - 10/30/07 04:01 PM Re: Lunar Based Rut Theory [Re: Buncome_ridge_hunter]
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Registered: 04/22/01
Posts: 1721
Loc: Hendersonville Tn us

They have the empirical evidence not I. I can say that for the last few years ,8 or 9, I have follwed their predictions. Yes sometimes it fits and yes sometimes it does not. But remember this, temperature and hunting pressure plays a HUGE roll in this. So if their predictions are for whatever date and the temps are in the upper 60's do NOT expect a lot of daytime activity, which is when we the hunter is out there. Personelly I like the last 2 weeks of October and the first 2 weeks of November. You guys can have the rest.
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#476845 - 11/01/07 10:44 AM Re: Lunar Based Rut Theory [Re: gober88]
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Registered: 03/11/99
Posts: 64216
Loc: Nashville, TN

The "moon influencing breeding dates" theory has been full explored. It is totally bogus. Breeding peaks on or about the same day ever year in each given location.
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#476847 - 11/01/07 10:45 AM Re: Lunar Based Rut Theory [Re: BSK]
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Registered: 08/20/07
Posts: 563
Loc: Hickman County

HEY! Welcome back.
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#476848 - 11/01/07 10:47 AM Re: Lunar Based Rut Theory [Re: TAS]
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Registered: 10/06/05
Posts: 12157
Loc: knox co tn

 Originally Posted By: TAS
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