Look for a Supermoon in the sky this Sat. evening at 11:35 pm Eastern. AKA the Perigee Full Moon, this giant moon will be closest to Earth, 14-16% bigger and 30% brighter than the other full moons of 2012.
On the flip, later this year on Nov. 28, the full moon will coincide with Apogee, the moon's farthest approach from Earth, and that one will be particularly small and dim. It will be fascinating to see if and how that late, dim full moon affects the rut this fall.
Now I segue into some new science on the moon and deer movements, a subject that intrigues me very much. Click here to watch the QDMA video. Some main points from the film:
• The study of GPS-collared deer found (not surprisingly) that the animals move the most at dawn and dusk regardless of the moon phase.
• During the New Moon (dark) phase, the peak of deer activity is just after first light, and movement diminishes the remainder of the day (focus on morning hunts).
• Deer move more during the middle of the day during the Full Moon (something I have been preaching!) and earlier in the afternoon than usual (get on stand early).
• During the First Quarter Moon, deer move less on average than during the other moon phases (think about taking off a different week).
• Deer movement/activity is best and most extreme during the Last Quarter Moon (hunting the last hour of the day in this phase is especially good).
I'll work this science into my "Best 2012 Rut/Moon Days to Hunt" blog post later this summer, in plenty of time for you to plan your week off. comment