Fairly old news. Charlie Alsheimer is I believe the only person who still buys and tries to sell the moon phase story. Most state wildlife biologists say it happens within a 3 week window every year.
Based on Charles Alsheimer's prediction though and the general moon phase believers, you take when the full moon happened and then add some number of days to it. So he was saying peak activity would be mid-late Nov. That wasn't the case last year. The chase was earlier as you just pointed outLast years full moon was on the 10/19, shot a big boy on 10/28. Came into rattling and grunting.
this years full moon was on 10/9, I'm curious to see if there is any similarities their behavior at least during this early chasing phase.
I really don't think that's the problem here. Alsheimer's predictions are about peak chasing but still wrong. It simply has nothing to do with the moon.biggest problem is most don't know the difference between chasing and mating.......Ill take the pre rut over the rut every time
Correct. Which is in turn caused by the solstice not by the moons orbit. They did research where they forced bucks to grow and shed antlers just by changing the amount of light they were exposed to.THe rut is caused by the days getting shorter and the amount of light going into the deers eye.
I don't see many deer around me so instead I wait for the noise around the forums of the dead deer and the email warning drivers from FGW.Best indicator of the Rut by me is my neighborhood deer herd. The neighborhood is a doe hole....countless does everywhere, but no bucks at all....I have at least 20 doe that walk through my yard every day. When I see a rack in the neighborhood, I know the rut is in full swing and its time to get in the woods and hunt
I agree deer movement is affected by moon but not so during the rut. Bucks are gonna move to find does and does are gonna move away from bucks in till they are either to tired or ready to breed.The RUT is caused by doe in heat. In fact the peak of the rut is defined as the majority of does in heat at that time.
While I also don't believe that the moon has much if anything to do with the rut itself there's no denying the moon affects deer movement.