Woods Walker, I think you hit the nail on the head with the 6 hour cycles. What I believe, and what I have found in the field, is that the 6 hour cycle is approximate but remains constant regardless of moon phase. What changes, however, is the feeding time each day. For instance, during a non-full moon phase, the deer's 6 hour cycles tend to line up with dusk and dawn. During a full moon period, due to the extra light at night, the cycle shifts so that the feed cycle doesn't line up with dusk and dawn. As a result, I have found that deer tend to feed and return to bedding areas more during late morning, early afternoon, evening after dark and morning before light. This means that we don't see them during the traditional times but they eat/move/bed just as much. I believe that if we can adjust our hunting times, our success during the full moon period can equal during other times of the month.
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Glad to talk to all of you, but I'd rather be sitting in a tree stand on a cool morning trying not to move so that the bruiser buck directly below me doesn't figure out that I am watching him!