By Mark Kenyon
Last night we recorded what I think is one of our best episodes of The Wired To Hunt Podcast yet and I’m so excited about this episode that I decided we needed to offer you a little bit of a preview today.
As evidenced by the title of this piece, our guest on the podcast this week was Mark Drury and our topic for that conversation was predicting deer movement. During that conversation, one of the many predictive triggers for deer movement that we discussed was the moon. That said, today I wanted to offer you a cliff notes version of how Mark uses the moon to anticipate deer movement. Be sure to check back in tomorrow, July 9, 2015 for the full audio of this fascinating interview (available now).
The Importance of the Full Moon: Mark shared with us that his favorite time of each month, no matter what part of the deer season, are the 7 days before and after the full moon. His least favorite are those days around the dark moon. “If you’ve got the right weather and you’ve got a full moon,” said Drury, “chances are you’re going to see a lot of deer on their feet.”
Understand the Rising and Setting Times of the Moon: Leading up to the full moon each month, those four or five days preceding, the moon will be rising early and will be in the sky during daylight hours in the evening. This triggers increased and earlier evening movement in deer, especially mature bucks. Coming down the other side, after the full moon, those four or five days after the full moon you’ll see the same thing but in the morning. “The best daylight activity will switch over to the mornings…Those are the days where the moon is going to be visibly setting in the sky from your stand. I love morning hunting in and around the falling moon, right after the full moon.” Mark went on to explain that “weather can trump all of that (the effects of the moon), however the moon can accent weather and make it even better.”
How The Moon Exposes The Rut: Mark shared with us that he believes that “the rut happens at the exact same time each and every fall.” But, he went on to say, “what part of it is exposed is based on when the full moon hits within that month, based on daylight activity … The moon, in my opinion, exposes the daylight portion (of the rut) different each year depending on how the full moon falls. That’s why you see the variance in ruts that are intense versus not. If it exposes during the seeking phase, you’ll go oh man, this was an awesome rut. However if the moon exposes the lockdown, you’ll think it’s a terrible rut.” That said, if you want to predict the best daylight movement during the rut, look for those dates during the traditional pre-rut or rut (late October into the first two weeks of November) that coincide with the days surrounding the full moon. Spoiler alert: Mark doesn’t like what he sees for the 2015 rut. Tune in on Thursday to hear more.
If you want more insight into these theories about the moon and the many others that Mark has around temperature, barometric pressure, cloud cover, wind and much more – don’t miss our new episode of The Wired To Hunt Podcast, launching Thursday, July 9 2015.
I’d also encourage you to check out our interview with Mark’s brother Terry from last year, in which he shares a boatload of helpful information too!
And finally, be sure to visit DruryOutdoors.com for more from Mark Drury