Are Whitetails Influenced By Moon Phase? The Answer May Surprise You

Every year many whitetail hunters head into the woods based on moon phase. The thinking goes, whitetails go nocturnal when the moon is full and are therefore much less active during the day. Inversely, they are more active when the moon is less full. The logic behind this is that whitetails’ behavior changes since it’s brighter out at night during a full moon and therefore easier and safer for them to move around at night. Following this logic, one thing a hunter can do to improve their success is to plan hunts around a new moon since deer will be more active during the day and stay home during a full moon because they are less likely to be active during the day.

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Waste Not Want Not

This season I set out on my very first Fallow deer, also known as Piebald deer, hunt in the woods of Oklahoma. Fallow deer are an unusually beautiful invasive species that in a lot of places don’t require tags to hunt. I had seen only one in the wild before and that is what spiked my curiosity.

After setting out to learn more about this unique species, I found out that Fallow deer are of Eurasian decent however, they are on most continents. These magnificent creatures have four color patterns; light brown with white spots, dark brown with spots, solid dark brown and pure white.

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