Full moon tomorrow, and big-buck hunter Mark Drury expects to photograph some monsters on his Midwestern farms during the week. We were talking on the phone earlier and Mark said, “Haven’t been getting as many giants on my trail cams as usual, but watch out, I expect them to really move during the full moon this week.”
As my buddy and I talked and compared notes, turns out we’re both working on a similar new theory—mature bucks move best most any month in and around the full moon, during both day and night. Of course this flies in the face of what you’ve read before—that the dark moon phases are best for big-buck movement, especially during dusk/dawn. Still, I think we’re on to something, because the more I hunt around the full moon across the country, the more big deer I seem to see. Same with Mark. We don’t know exactly why, but we continue to investigate.
If you’re trail-camming, keep them running in good spots for the next week, and let me know if any new big bucks pop up on your card…or maybe the old bucks you’ve been spotting will be more active on your cams? Or maybe you won’t see any change, or fewer big deer. Whatever, help us with our ongoing research.
BTW, the rutting full moon hits on November 3. Mark expects the hunting to be extraordinary from Halloween through the first week of November, especially if the weather is normal to cool (hot will mess it up). Ditto, and I hope we’re right. I’ll be on a major road trip during that period—Montana to Wyoming to Saskatchewan—and I expect the big deer to be moon walking. We’ll see.
Would love your thoughts on hunting the full moon. Think we’re on to something here or way off base? Comment