ORIGINAL: Robert Rowland
Ask any paramedic and he will tell you that the moon phase causes lots of things to happen.
I am a firefighter/paramedic and have been on the job over 15 years. I've never bought that theory. My wife, who was an ER Nurse when we met, swears by it. I guess that's a discussion for another day.
But to be clear, CA does point to the photocycle priming the deer and the moon setting it off.
Thanks JPH for clarifying.....I was going to, but you saved me the trouble.
I side with Alsheimer. It`s an undeniable fact that photoperiod brings the deer into the ready for the rut, but I`ve noticed a wide swing in the timing of the actual chasing phase in the area I hunt, so he`s correct, in that, something else has to effect the timing. The moon phase makes perfect sense.
I`ve debated this with some know-it-all guys on a hunting site in Indiana, as well as bks here on the D&DH forum, and they want to argue fawn birthing timimg as their basis for the claim that the rut is the same each year, but since the rut can go on for several months, depending on when each doe is bred, that claim is baseless. Even the guys who claim the rut occurs the same time every year, admit that it varies up to at least a couple of weeks.... how is that the same time every year?
In Indiana, I`ve seen chasing activity from as early as Halloween, and as late as Thanksgiving. Not much room for argument there.