There is no question that whitetails and other deer species are low light animals, moving in and out of cover in the gray light of dawn and dusk. However, there has been a great deal of debate among hunters on how and how much the moon impacts deer activity, if at all. Some hunters feel a full moon isn't favorable for hunting because the deer … Learn More about New Study Links Moon Position to Deer Movement
The Moon Does Influence Deer Movement
A 2016 Study Changes the Conversation
Doug Roberts “The Deer Professor”
Owner of Conquest Scents and host of Conquest 200
I have been blessed to be able to live with and study all the different aspects of the Whitetail Deer over the last 26 years. In that time, I have found that the Whitetail Deer is very simple in its needs and quite easy to pattern if their normal routine is not disturbed. There have been many different theories and gadgets about why and when deer will get up on their feet and move. I have found the only consistent source that correlates with deer movement is the moon.
The MoonGuide is a calendar wheel that works on the position of the moon. I have found that the position of the moon forces deer to be on their feet feeding during daylight hours due to the gravitational pull of the moon. The MoonGuide calls these days the Red Moon Days, these are the few days each month when the gravitational pull of the moon is the strongest and that natural pull on a deer’s body causes him to get up and feed more often and for longer periods of time.
For the last year, I have watched and compared our mature bucks on our farm and ranch with the wild bucks around our farm. I consistently saw more activity from all the bucks on the Red Moon Days than on other days of the month.
If you want to increase your chances of shooting the mature buck in the area you hunt I know the MoonGuide will help you pinpoint the best days to be in the woods to harvest that buck.