Lunar charts

Dear Mathews Family –

We're excited to announce the launch of the all-new coming very soon. We appreciate the support and feedback of this active online community, however, we will not be hosting a forum on the new site. We invite you to connect with us and each other on social media and other forums (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,, and, where your passion and experience can be shared with a wider audience to help grow this sport.

Home Forums Bow Hunting Lunar charts

This topic contains 10 replies, has 11 contributors, and was last updated by q2hunter q2hunter 8 years, 4 months ago.

Viewing 11 posts - 1 through 11 (of 11 total)
  • Author
  • October 11, 2007 at 8:59 pm #495624 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 8/13/2007
    Do you guys believe in the lunar charts that tell you the best two hours to hunt or do you guys think that the full moon is simply harder hunting and the darker at night the better? I personally think that the best time to be in the tree is at legal light :thumbup
    October 11, 2007 at 9:00 pm #515149 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 2/22/2005
    Don’t beleive in them [=}=]
    October 11, 2007 at 9:25 pm #515150 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 5/14/2007
    I never understood these lunar charts or anything. Until Clay summed everything up for me.Thanks again. Personally I don’t care what the moon is. :thumbup
    October 11, 2007 at 11:07 pm #515151 Back to Top REPORT


    Joined: 7/4/2004
    this year when I got my deer and son a ton of other deer the hunting was “a poor day” and the best times to hunt on the poor day were not when we were seeing the deer.
    October 12, 2007 at 12:21 am #515152 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 4/13/2007
    I use them but weather conditions take priority.
    October 12, 2007 at 12:37 am #515153 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 5/24/2004
    i look at the chart but i dont plan my hunts around it.
    October 12, 2007 at 12:40 am #515154 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 1/13/2007
    I just hunt. My brother swears by the lunar charts and won’t hunt certain moon phases. It drives me crazy because the season is only 33 days- hunt as much as you can, I say.
    October 12, 2007 at 1:23 am #515155 Back to Top REPORT


    Joined: 10/3/2006
    I know many have done extensive study on this, and my own study this year has certainly been much less than scientiffic.

    But I have been documenting every deer sighting from my trail cams on the farm I hunt since June and comparing them to 3 different sources for the time best to hunt based on lunar cycles, and I have to say that if I based when to hunt on the charts, I would probably end up eating tag soup at the end of the season.

    Not saying that they are nonsense, but I have not seen enough correlation where I hunt to put much faith in them.

    October 12, 2007 at 3:40 am #515156 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 2/21/2006
    I don’t put any stock in them. Since we too are animals shouldn’t the charts apply to us???? I don’t find myself in the fridge diggin for a meal based on the moons position. Weather, instinct, and habbit is what I have found affects fish/animal behavior and activity.

    I understand there is a gravitational pull from the moon and the earth. And everything that has mass for that matter but I never could figure out why a slight change in gravitation due to moon/earth postitions would make fish and deer active or not???

    My only question, why????? Sorry, I’m not buying it. There is no proof the moon has any effect on animal behavior. At least no studies I have seen can prove this correlation. I also don’t believe in Tarot card readings or well witching. The moon has an effect on our oceans tides that can be figured and proven with mathamatics and scientific theory. Until the same proof can be documented for fish and game activity, I’ll pay zero attention to this idea.

    I did see the moon freak out Michael Jackson in a video when I was a kid, that’s a whole new can of worms…..

    October 12, 2007 at 12:29 pm #515157 Back to Top REPORT
    Blood Bath2006

    Joined: 10/14/2006
    Yes. I believe in solunar tables, but I still hunt whenever I get a chance [=}=] :thumbup
    October 12, 2007 at 1:27 pm #515158 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 6/21/2007
    If I get a chance to hunt, I hunt, no matter what the moon is doing. On the other hand, I do look at them, and if it tells me I need to sit an extra hour or two, or get in stand an hour or two earlier, I do it if I can. I think there is merit to it, but I think there is more merit to hunting specific weather conditions.

    One phase of the moon I do have a lot of faith in is the “rising moon in the afternoon”. When that moon is in the sky in the afternoon, and there is a high pressure system in place, I have flat out seen the deer movement increase several fold. That phase is the phase leading up to the full moon. Just after the 3rd quarter, the moon will be very high in the afternoons, and for the next 7 or so days it will be in the sky but each day it will rise an hour or so later. Just a few days before the actual full moon, it will begin to rise after dark. According to the moon charts, the two best times to hunt in the revolution of the moon is when the moon is directly overhead and directly underfoot.

    We all know that deer tend to move in early morning and late evening, so the best times to hunt each month are supposedly when you have a moon directly over head or underfoot that coincides with dawn or dusk. Just as I mentioned about the full moon period, the moon rises just about dark or a bit after which puts the moon directly over head during the middle of the night and directly underfoot in the middle of the day. That is why all moon charts suggest hunting in the middle of the day during the full moon.

    Now, if you belive in moon charts, and watch the weather, and belive in the suggestion of hunting that 12-24 hours before a low pressure moves in, that is supposedly those magical days that may or may not happen every year. If you happen to have a low pressure system moving in on a day where the moon phase is in line with the moon overhead and underfoot coinciding with dawn and dusk, those days are the deer hunters comparison to a 100 year flood. (It just doesn’t happen like that very often) When it does happen, you have 3 theories that all line up. Theory #1) Deer are active at dawn and dusk. Theory #2) Deer are active during a moon over head and under foot. Theory #3) Deer are active the 12-24 hours before a low pressure arrives.

    But it all gives me a headace trying to keep up with all of it… ](*,) ](*,) .

    The good thing is, I love being in a tree stand, so if I can read something that says its going to be a good day, it gives me that little bit of extra confidence to hang in there a little longer.

    You have to be the change you desire to see in the world!
Viewing 11 posts - 1 through 11 (of 11 total)