With all due respect to CA and other proponents of moon phase theories, I am nowhere near convinced that the moon phase as much effect, if any, on rut timing.
I do have some thoughts on how the moon effects daylight deer activity though. I like to hunt evenings with high pressure systems and large rising moon. My guess is that deer like to feed by the light of the moon, so this condition gets them moving past our stands as the sun is setting. I also like to hunt the new moon because I think it keeps deer from feeding too heavily at night. And finally, I tend to see fewer deer during the full moon. Again, my thinking is that they are feeding by moonlight rather than hunting hours.
Just my best guesses.
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