SwampLife wrote:Everyone knows the days leading up to Halloween and the following two weeks are your best bet, the best days or week within that time frame depend on the weather.
If you are going to get good cold weather the entire time, then it is a crap-shoot.
Bowriter wrote:I would really like to see some hard, specific data that conclusively proves the moon has one single thing to do with the rut. After 55-years of watching, studying and hunting rutting deer, I sure have never seen any. Writing it down with a whole bunch of numbers does not make it fact. However, fetal aging studies do. The fetal aging studies I have seen sure would not support the moon theory. Could be, I have a different moon.
Want to plan your vacation around the rut? Just figure out when it was last year or the year before. Then pray for the right weather. Weather, specificlly temperature, has more to do with the "visibility" of the rut than anything. The rut occurs. Hunters may not know it because the bulk of the activity is at night due to warmer weather. However, year after, within about 10-days, the rut is the same, regardless of the moon.
Bowriter wrote:You know, funny thing, five decades of asking myself why an old deer did that or something else and I still don't have a heck of a lot of answers that can written in stone. To say thus and so is caused by thus and so, is pretty hard to do. In the life of a whitetail deer, so many factors influence so many things, it is hard to just nail the lid on any one thing. Deer will walk 50-yards to cross a fence where it is easiest. Now that is true. However it is not always true. Lower a fence in one spot and deer may cross there...or they may not if the cover is not sufficient or they may cross there only at night or only from one direction.
I figured the moon phase business was just recycled pasture and had about the same valididty as the myth that bucks shed their antlers every year.
We know that can't be true.
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