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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