All deer hunters know and believe that the best feeding times for deer depend upon the lunar and solar dates and times. Deer feeding is most important when the moon is right above us in the sky.
Every region and every location experiences a full moon and the direct vertical position at different times. However, when you find that time, feeding deer will increase activity that will make it easier for you to spot one!
When these major feeding times coincide with sunrise or sunset, the best situation is created, and deer activity is best for hunters! Another time when hunters can find a lot of targets is during the rut season.
This season is in the fall, and if you can time a full moon, coinciding with the sun while the deer are ready for rutting-you just got yourself a trophy to take home!
How many times do deer feed during the day?
Before we understand the feeding times and the lunar cycle, it is important to note that deer are out and about for food, water, and finding a mate to reproduce.
These three things are the highlights of a deer’s life! During the day, you may see deer coming out twice or thrice for food. Knowing the feeding schedule will be helpful for all hunters as the more they can see deer, the more time they have to take aim and shoot.
The effect of the moon on feeding times
We all have a routine according to the important tasks we need to complete daily. Deer have a routine that is suited to their daily prerogatives too! Hunters and wildlife enthusiasts have figured out that the moon cycle and position impact deer movement.
The Moon phase is the moon’s position in a particular location. We all know that the earth is round and that the moon’s location keeps changing as the earth rotates.
We could go on with this geography lesson, but we all know what moon phases are. Anyway, the moon’s illumination is highest at mid-cycle, the 14th day of the moon, or the full moon.
Just as the moon affects the ocean’s tides, deer and other animals also behave differently during the different phases. At Full Moon, deer are most restless for food, and if they find it easily, they will keep coming back for more.
Many hunters say that during the Full Moon, deer activity declines during the day, and they come out at night to look for food while the moon illuminates the skies. Quite a romantic animal, this deer!
However, the Full Moon phase sees another time at which deer activity is more, and that is noon! When the sun is directly above the earth and the moon, deer feel a certain gravitational pull and behave actively.
A short study
At a ranch in South Texas, wildlife biologists studied deer feeding times and concluded that during the Full Moon, deer activity reduces during the day. The biologists studied deer movement from October till January.
The deer movement during the days was maximum at sunrise, noon, sunset, and then at night. The other factor that impacted feeding times during these months was the rutting season when deer become active.
Therefore, it was concluded that while the lunar cycle impacts deer activity, their behavior changes during the rutting season, too, and they tend to roam around most parts of the day and night.
The best feeding times for deer are according to the lunar cycle and rutting season. The new moon might not see a lot of deer activity, and Full Moon is a great time as deer become more active during the day as well as night.
The last quarter and end of the lunar cycle may coincide with reduced movements of deer. Hunters must choose the rutting season and consider the moon cycle before they head out to find a healthy deer for hunting.