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    Sure-fire hunting tactics.

    So I was watching Dominant Bucks last night and Stan Potts and company was talking about hunting different moon phases. He said that you will have much better chances at success when the moon is right above or right below you (Full or New Moon). He also said that when it is a full moon during the day, that you should probably sit all day because the deer will move at mid-day more often than they normally would. SO.........

    With this being said, I would like to start a thread for us ATers to share our hunting thoughts with eachother. I mean share anything. Hunting pinch-points, rub lines, food plots. Anything! Also, give some good insight as to time of day/year to hunt these etc. Just not many of these threads around here. Seems to be mostly about which arrow or rest or sight or bow...etc. is best.



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    Everyone's so secretive....
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    I have a tip, don't believe everything you hear and see when you watch a TV hunter.

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    I like the idea of this thread, hope some others pony up.. As for me, one of my favorite times to hunt is right when a rain/snow/wind storm breaks.. Watching the weather and toughing it out for the last few hours right before it breaks has helped put alot of deer in the freezer

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    Quote Originally Posted by nybuck50 View Post
    i like the idea of this thread, hope some others pony up.. As for me, one of my favorite times to hunt is right when a rain/snow/wind storm breaks.. Watching the weather and toughing it out for the last few hours right before it breaks has helped put alot of deer in the freezer
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    It seems here in MN that the deer move well just before weather moves in. Especially once the snow starts to fly. And in early season they move in the rain.
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    I don't have much experience with moon phases and such, simply because I hunt whenever I can. I don't have the luxury of getting to choose whenever I get to go, nor the luxury of having a prime place to hunt.

    I hunt farm land mostly, which is mainly all flat. One of my favorite places is an inside corner, or two larger blocks of woods next to a field. When the deer want to move from one end to the other, than inside corner has always been a good spot.

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    i know i pay close attention to Solunars when hunting and fishing...very close attention

    also if that doesn't work i just grab the spot light and hop into the truck so i can hope to find a robodeer in the field to shoot at
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    Ill let you all in on a little secert of mine. I like to hunt from Oct 31st to around November 10th. I have found that for some reason the buck start really running around during that time frame. Dont tell to many of your friends about this though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viper69 View Post
    Ill let you all in on a little secert of mine. I like to hunt from Oct 31st to around November 10th. I have found that for some reason the buck start really running around during that time frame. Dont tell to many of your friends about this though.
    Haha. I have found that as well.

    I will have to try hunting more when the weather breaks. I have heard that I guess, but never really have done it much.

    The opposite of fishing, I have had really really good luck at about 9:30 in the morning after a cold front comes in. Usually fish will get lock jaw, but the bigger bucks seem to jump on their feet at the beginning of a cold front. However, you want to catch it early because things seem to lock up later on. And when I mean cold front, I am saying a drop from about 55-60* highs down to mid 40* highs in early November. This is my experience in IN at least.

    Any similar or opposing thoughts on this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viper69 View Post
    Ill let you all in on a little secert of mine. I like to hunt from Oct 31st to around November 10th. I have found that for some reason the buck start really running around during that time frame. Dont tell to many of your friends about this though.
    i'll bet you i have killed 75% of my archery deer during the last week or Oct or the First week of Nov
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    When deciding when to get out of your stand, wait that extra hour. I've killed a few deer and seen more just by waiting. The reason being when hunters nearby or on the other property get out, they deer get moving to
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    Low pressure systems coming and going...but especially stalled right over my head....
    Hours before a BIG storm...
    Clearcuts of any age 0 to 10 years...especially next to fields and/or swamps/water....


    Last October 31st was opening day muzzleloader here in NH.
    Forecast called for a blizzard of epic proportions for that evening...and they were right !
    Started snowing at 330pm lightly...430 it really started falling hard and blowing. The following morning we had 20+ inches.
    I sat in my stand all day...sunup to sundown... knowing the deer would be moving before that storm...and they were.
    I watched 6 big does all day...coming and going....never saw my buck though.
    When I left my stand I walked out into the field and the deer just about let me walk up to them.
    They must not have been able to see me or wind me...or they didnt care.
    They all had about 3 inches of snow on their backs and were feeding hard...
    Had the worst headache that night from being on stand all day...but it was cool anyways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MN Huntress View Post
    It seems here in MN that the deer move well just before weather moves in. Especially once the snow starts to fly. And in early season they move in the rain.
    The only sure fire tactic...there are no sure fire tactics...

    Leading and trailing edges of big late season storms are good....I find the trailing edge with a BIG temp. drop is usually better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoythunter1861 View Post
    When deciding when to get out of your stand, wait that extra hour. I've killed a few deer and seen more just by waiting. The reason being when hunters nearby or on the other property get out, they deer get moving to
    My Dad always told me the same thing as there are A LOT of hunters around our little property we have. I honestly don't know that it has paid off yet though. I think they chase them away from me instead of toward me. Lol.
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    In my short time of actually dedicating myself to archery season. Like others have said, I see more deer movement the last part of october thru the first two weeks of nov. On a given day I will see as much movement as opening day of gun season when the deer are getting pushed everywhere. Also I really like to rattle first part of november as well. I have not had any more or less success at rattling in the morning vs in the evening.
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    I have a good tip. I have found that as ive gotten older and had less time to hunt, I have been more successful. Why?

    Its not about who puts in the MOST time, its about putting in the RIGHT time! And overhunting during the wrong time will only hurt your chances when time turns right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redruff View Post
    ... Leading and trailing edges of... storms are good...
    red, I had to edit your suggestion for desert application.

    Here in the high desert, we get a lot of storms; usually DRY storms, but high winds (40-80mph), low pressure systems, possibly wet or dry lightning, etc.

    No critters like 'em; all hole-up and wait 'em out.

    You can often predict with a fair degree of accuracy just how severe or long-lasting a storm will be, by the intensity the game animals are feeding before it hits; after a 3-4 day storm, it's a feeding frenzy.

    Sounds pretty obvious, but this applies to all altitudes around here, and it's amazing the number of hunters I see make this mistake every year - trying to hunt during, say, a windstorm with no precip or lightning. It's pretty simple around here: if you really don't want to be out in the weather, the critters don't either; they're holed-up.

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    Full moon during the day......?

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    besides early and late season patterning (food / bed and travel in between) - my biggest weapon is to scout, i mean really scout and look for the obvious and not so obvious pinch points / funnels. find a few of them of you can and set stands for multiple wind directions. find a good way in and out of these stands and sit in them all day! just prior to the rut, thru the rut and after most of the breeding has taken place, these places are gold. not all funnels are made the same IMO tho. i would say 60% of my bucks have come from pinch points - topo features, down fences, shallow creek crossings, etc can be pinch points for deer. Even dips in the terrain, saddles will attract a buck b/c they think they can travel out of site, etc. they might be subtle but they can pay off big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzz View Post
    Full moon during the day......?
    Yes sir. You have never seen the moon out during the day?
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    I agree, a Sure Fire can be a good hunting tactic...
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    I think that there are many factors including moon phase that play apart in choosing the best days to hunt. I also feel that they always always seem to come together the last week of october through 2nd week of november.

    Hunt as much as you can in those 3 weeks and your bound to catch a nice buck cruzin for a hot doe. I feel all deer feed or move with the onset of cold front just to feed so they can ride it out and not be hungry. Mature bucks will not really care to eat just breed so they are on the doe like white on rice.

    I think most hunters take forgranted that moon phases have a role in crop growth, breeding cycles for many other animals not just deer, tides in oceans and lakes etc. To discredit it you are limiting yourself in making the best choices the When and Where aspect of your hunting locations.

    Its like last year I tried a public land hunt in an over crowded place and thought I found a good spot which someone else found too. I was in a stand and he in a blind. First weekend in october he is relentless on his estrus can but not using any scent with it. So he starts packing up and after watching is buddy come straight out into the field and then back again the hunt was over. I asked him if he knew what pre-rut rut and post rut meant. After his response which was to say the least a c- answer, I asked him did he think it would sound normal to a buck to hear the can over and over again so early in the season or if maybe you was about 3 weeks to early to even think abiout using it.

    The point is, just observe, study and retain the data to make sound desicions. Keep an open mind. Be like a scientist. Formulate a hypothisis, research it, experiment and analyze the data. Then apply that to future hunting endevours.
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