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  • During the 2011 deer season, there was a full moon. The amount of deer that we saw during those few days decreased greatly. Does

    During the 2011 deer season, there was a full moon. The amount of deer that we saw during those few days decreased greatly. Does the light given off by the moon during its full phase effect the deers feeding pattern? If so, where can we find the deer during this time? Thanks, Hunter Girl 1

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    Early morning and right before dark are your best chance of seeing a deer on a day with a full moon. Many deer are nockturnal, so the full moon does effect their eating patterns. Try to get between a food source and the area you think they are going to bed down.

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      Yep, it certainly does decrease the daylight movement, sometimes dramatically.
      I hate to be discouraging, but in my opinion there's really nothing to be done about it, you can still hunt it you want to, but be prepared to see little or nothing in shooting light, even in the rut.

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        according to some studies I've read,deer move more during nite hours w/a full moon.with or without the moon they still travel at nite just they cover more ground during full moon.Years ago I was taught that whenever the moon whether full or is directly over head,deer will move again 12 hours from that time. whether this is a fact or not I don't know,but it has given me incentive to be active and alert at times of the day when other hunters are elsewhere and has produced oppourtunities. move a little and look a lot. good luck

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        • #5
          Yah,I think it has something to do with it.
          Did you get that snow during late buck?I saw the most deer during the snow.That's when I shot my buck this year.We saw 7 deer that day.One buck was chasing a doe across the road.

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          • #6
            If rut was in during a full moon, they probably were not eating much anyway. Moving a lot, It also stimulates sex drive in most animal. Has something to do with barometric preasure the tides ect.

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            • #7
              I notice more deer out when its about to be darkest moon. I am begining to believe that the deer are moving the most at nite during the full moon, simply because they can see to feed better during bright nites of a full moon.

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