Hunting the Moon Phase does Matter
This past hunting season I decided to take my first out of state deer hunting trip. In planning the trip the main factors I looked at was the rut, moon phase, hunting outfitter, and past harvest season. With my hunting buddy being a farmer we had to make sure he got his corn chopped and combined before winter. This was the starting factor, leaving the rut and outfitter as the next two prioirty’s. We found a great Missouri Outfitter that had openings and was reasonably priced. The rut was estimated to be some time in early November so we booked Nov 5th through the 11th. During our planning we had forgot to look at the moon phase so getting three of our four objectives filled was good enough. The 2011 Nov full moon was 11/10 so this would be right at the end of our trip.
During our trip we seen bucks in full rut day 1. The thing that we witnessed was very little activity in the morning and all was going on in the afternoon and evening. In fact the morning we arrived we got there after day break and drove around scouting for the first hour before meeting the guide. This made us very concerned of our hunting guide choice because we had seen only a couple of doe standing in the fields with no bucks. With this being Missouri and the rut we thought we would have seen dozens of deer in the fields. It was only when we went hunting that night did we found ourselves wrong in our concern when the three of us witnessed twelve different bucks running doe all over.
For the next few days we hunted day break and evenings. The morning only produced a couple of deer where the evening hunts there were deer all over. In our minds the slower activity during a rut could only be caused by the moon phase. We had the right formula of outfitter, and rut so moon phase although a big factor was overcome by the bucks being in rut. In fact the last few days we decided to forgo the morning hunt and do a little scouting. In fact we got one of our deer during one of the morning scouts. We caught him late morning getting up to run a doe down a fence row. My buddy was able to get in the fence row about 400 yards ahead of him and got him as he tailed the doe past him at 35 yards.
The moon phase in our case did matter but was not as big as being out during the prime rut. The thing we learned was you would have to adapt to the given area and situation. I think at the end of our trip we were glad to book our trip that week. Nov 10 full moon was something to take into account and plan around, but should not stop you from hunting the heavy rutting days. Until you are there hunting, I don’t think you can really say there is a full moon lets not hunt. Lets face it a bad day hunting deer is better that a good day at work.
2012 Moon Phase Chart
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