I wont say the moon has no affect but its not the deciding factor. We have talked with several Wisconsin DNR employees and they all pretty much agree. The rut has to happen in a certian window of time to give fawns the best chance of survival. If they are born too early a late snow storm in the spring would cause new fawns serious problems. If they are born too late in the spring they wont be big enough to make it through teir first winter. I have hunted in Burnett Co. Wis for the last 26 years now and my dad is going on 50 years and its been pretty consistant, rut sign starts showing up the last couple of weekends of Oct, peaks around Nov 9 give a or take a few days and its pretty much done by Nov 15-20. As long as we get normal or below avg temps during that time we normally see good rut activity. If the temps are high we still see the rut sign but buck movement is all at night.
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