Most deer hunters agree that the moon and sun have a tremendous effect on deer activity and feeding. Major feeding times occur when the moon peaks overhead and when the moon is directly beneath a location on the Earth's surface. When major deer feeding times coincide closely with sunrise or sunset, an optimal scenario is created for deer hunters due to increased deer movement during the best hunting hours.
Get the most out of your deer hunting time in the woods and enter your zip code above to get free deer feeding charts for your location. The charts will forecast deer activity and show you the best days and times to hunt deer. Days when a major or minor feeding time occurs close to sunrise or sunset will have a higher rating. Days when deer feeding times occur further from sunrise or sunset will have a lower rating.
Many solunar forecasting services choose the new and full moon periods as the best times to hunt, however, during these periods, major feeding times are always in the middle of the day and deer are often nocturnal. Based on our experience in the field, we designed our solunar charts to focus on lunar periods with major feeding times near sunrise or sunset. You will notice that these periods occur when the moon is approximately 25% or 75% illuminated.
Using solunar data is only one factor in deer hunting success. Remember to pay attention to buck activity, signs of the whitetail rut, wind direction, and local weather conditions. Good luck and be safe on your deer hunting adventures!
In addition to hunting based on major and minor feeding times, some of the best hunting times are during the rut. You should learn about the rut in your area and hunt as much as possible during this time. In a famous study by the Quality Deer Management Association, biologists determined that whitetail deer breeding activity peaks during the same 7 day period every year in a given location, regardless of weather or moon phases. Based on this assumption, we have compiled yearly county by county data to help you pinpoint the peak rut dates in your area.
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