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

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#473884 - 10/30/07 06:08 AM Re: Lunar Based Rut Theory [Re: pass-thru]
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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]
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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.
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#474035 - 10/30/07 08:32 AM Re: Lunar Based Rut Theory [Re: ]
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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]
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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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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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#476845 - 11/01/07 10:44 AM Re: Lunar Based Rut Theory [Re: ]
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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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HEY! Welcome back.
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#476860 - 11/01/07 11:02 AM Re: Lunar Based Rut Theory [Re: ]
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Been very busy lately!

All my clients want everything updated just before the "big seasons" start.
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#476867 - 11/01/07 11:09 AM Re: Lunar Based Rut Theory [Re: BSK]
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Now the fact that the moon does not influence actual breeding timing DOESN'T mean that it doesn't influence what hunters see while hunting. Primarily the weather, but also secondarily moon phases, influence daylight deer activity. Thi can lead to the situation where the best daylight activity may not occur when the maximum breeding is going on.

Hot weather can drive all breeding into the night-time hours, even during the peak of the rut. "Good" conditions can bring so much breeding into the daylight hours, when hunters can see it, that hunters can believe the peak of breeding was at a different time than it really was.

What I'm getting at is, the peak of breeding always occurs on about the same dates every year (give or take a couple of days). Yet peak DAYLIGHT rutting activity may not fall on those dates, depending on weather and moon conditions.

During a big project in GA where we were collecting enough fetal conception dates to know when peak breeding was every year, we would ask the hunters--based on what they saw while hunting--when they thought the peak of the rut had occured each year. Invariably, they did not pick the actual peak of breeding. In fact, sometimes they saw the most activity as much as two weeks away from the actual peak of breeding.
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