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The Rutting Moon

Check Out Our Video TipsThere are a lot of arguments about how moon phases affect deer movement. Many deer hunters believe a full moon leads to more nocturnal activity and suppresses deer movement the following day. They also believe the new moon’s lack of light forces deer to move less at night and more in daylight hours.

Several researchers who have studied this have found no conclusive proof that either is the case. However, from a hunter’s point of view, a full moon might suppress the normal early morning and late afternoon movement periods when most hunters are afield. It could also produce more midday deer movement when most hunters are loafing around camp.

Some experienced hunters believe the full moon stimulates rut activity. They recommend staying out all day when the peak of the rut and the full moon occur at the same time to take advantage of increased midday movement.