The moon plays a big role in my hunting. With a full moon the game move around a lot more at night. As for varmint hunting. I've never had much luck hunting during a full moon. I've had the same experience with deer, and what little bit of elk hunting the Game and Fish lets me do.
Cochise, You say you never had much luck hunting on a full moon hunting varmints. I thought that would be the best time. I guess if I were to keep a log on hunting I might answer my question.
I do keep a log for dove and Quail and turn that one in to the G&F.
The only time I have had any success during a full moon was hunting at night from a high seat in Germany over a snow covered field. Whenever I apply for my permits I always check the moon phases before I submit them. I have killed predators and deer on days of a full moon just have had to work harder at it. The second largest coues I killed was at 1300hrs on the day of a full moon. Seems the critters are moving much later in the day, not very active at sunup and do not start moving in the evening until after legal shooting hours.
When it comes to bird hunting. I don't see the moon phases making much a difference. With dove and quail anyway. Those are the only birds that I've ever hunted. I've have killed deer on full moons. Like Chief said, It's harder. You have to put more into your hunting. When it comes to varmint hunting you can have success. It seems the best chances. If any. Are right at day break. With coyotes. I love cloudy, crisp, cool days with little or no wind. Especially if those days are following a very dark night. One thing about coyote hunting. I've seen them come to call when I would of bet the house that they wouldn't. I've found that hunting coyotes during a full moon is very poor. I don't always let a full moon stop me. These days if I ever get a chance to go out and call. Guess what? I believe in just being out there and being able to hunt is a big part of what it's all about. If you can bag anything? That just icing on the cake.
I like hunting during a full moon. Seems to me that the deer stay out just a little longer in the mornings feeding ebfore they lay down for the day. Vice versa they seem to stay bedded longer in the evenings and as stated before arent always back up again during shooting hours. So during a full moon I'm glassing longer in the mornings and less in the evenings. This switches on a dark moon. I'm still out early but usually end up taking a nap a little earlier in the day, and gearing up for a trek off the mountain with the flashlight.
Okay, No one picked up on this. As I see it( and I did look at the Moon) tonight and tomorow will be a Full Moon. Now I have a Google page I use and it says that the moon is waxing 99% Full as of tonight. But I have 4 Calendars hanging around the house and they are diffrent. Get this, the big ones say the Full Moon will be on the 9th of Dec. . My small ones say the Full Moon is on the 5th of Dec. . How can this be? Last month I believe and I check the Calendars were right. So what does your Calendar say? Can anyone find anything that will be for tonight or tomorrow?
Now that I hae a fancy GPS i use it. It has a good and bad time mode for hunting and fishing. I have not seen a difference when it comes to hunting though. The only difference I have seen is with fishing. Full moon is bad for fishing. They feed all night and no bite during the day.
I think along the same lines as Cochise - game will feed more under a full moon and not be so active the following day. That said, the 2 elk hunts and 1 mulie hunt I've been on were without regard to the moon phase. Not gonna give up a chance to hunt just because the 'heavenly bodies weren't in alignment'. Also, my deer was taken at sunrise about 1/2 hour after the moon set! What I 'believe' and what I act on don't always agree.
I also believe that when it's real windy like the past day or so, game will tend not to move around much. I think because the wind noise makes them nervous, they can't discriminate threats as well. My thoughts only, ymmv.
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