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Do you guys believe in the moon phase hunting theory?

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  • WA Mtnhunter
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    Bait pile? That figures.....

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  • WA Mtnhunter
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    Jay, that would be just about perfect!

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  • steve182
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    I do make a little extra effort to be in the woods when i feel the moon is right. ...But my "right" could be wrong.

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  • jay
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    Let me guess WAM, 3600 seconds before sunrise on a half moon?

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  • FirstBubba
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    P-h-w, amen on the "spirit" moving you!
    I make stand selections more off "gut" instinct than moon phases, etc.!

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  • Pray- hunt-work
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    I hunt when I get the chance, if the moon is full, I tend to hunt nearer known bedding areas during the day. For a new moon, I'll try and sit near to feeding areas in hopes they may come to food earlier. However, I rarely check the moon phase before I head for the stand. If I didn't notice the moon the night before, I'll sit where ever the spirit moves me.

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  • WA Mtnhunter
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    I get in the field 1 hour before sunrise on a full moon and 60 minutes before sunrise on a dark moon phase. Adjust times accordingly between those two for other moon phases.

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  • steve182
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    I pay attention as much as i can, both to moon phase and moonrise and moonset times.

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  • Treestand
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    Ditto~99, +1
    99,Well put as always.

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  • jhjimbo
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    Gary
    What time do they come to the bait pile during other moon phases?

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  • Gary Devine
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    When ever there a full moon you should be in your tree stand from ten in the morning until the end of your hunting day. Many nice bucks have come to my bait pile at noontime to eat during a full moon. My trail cameras have given me scientific data to prove it with photos that I posted on this website.

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  • Bioguy01
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    No. Mostly because everything based around moon theory is just that...theory. Scientific studies lack the sample sizes over a large enough geographic area from deer of all genders and ages to come to any conclusive results, but most moon phase studies show that moon phase doesn't affect deer movements nearly as much as weather.

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  • jhjimbo
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    I pay more attention to the weather than the moon phase.
    The falling barometer seems the best time for me - hunting and fishing.

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  • chuckles
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    I definitely fish by the moon but since hunting season is set I pay less attention. Anectdotally my experiences reflect those of others in that deer seem to move less during the day around the full moon. I do try to vary my hunting hours during archery season but a lot of the time it is hunt when you can.

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  • FirstBubba
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    1ojolsen

    I started keeping a "journal" in '04. I have no idea how old you are nor does it matter, but I challenge you to keep a "written" record of your outdoor activities.
    I don't necessarily note moon phase or temps, but I do note times deer are sighted and general weather conditions. I took my journal with me on my last Kodiak fishing trip. The last thing I did each night was record the days events. Some as quickly as possible after the event. Even now I can go back and read stories of three "friends" who have since gone on.
    Record those special moments.
    BTW! I lost a butt load when a computer "crashed"! Thankfully, I had printed most but the most recent events! Now I keep a handwritten journal....and record the odd occurrences of note of daily life!

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