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BIG DEER Moon & Rut Guide 2018

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full moon buckFrom Missouri to Virginia to Canada, 90 percent of whitetail does will come into estrous and be bred from November 5-20, regardless of moon phase or weather. It’s been that way for decades in the Northern two-thirds of America, and will continue to be that way forever. Take off anytime from Halloween though Thanksgiving, and you’ll hunt some phase of the rut. Anytime you hunt rutting deer you are going to have a good time, with the potential to shoot a big buck.

While many hunters and scientists don’t put much stock in the moon’s effects on deer movement, I do. I base this on two things. One, 30-plus years of hunting and observing whitetails as they seek, chase and breed each November. And two, my keen interest in all things lunar, and how the 4 phases might affect deer movement. I read all the moon research I can get my hands, pro and con, and then compare that data to my field notes.

The most recent study on the moon and its effects on whitetail movement was conducted several years ago by researchers at North Carolina State University. Researchers tracked GPS-collared deer throughout the lunar phases, and analyzed text messages sent from those collars to determine when the does and bucks moved the most–and the least. I cross-referenced the study’s findings with my field notes and beliefs, and found some similarities and common ground.

I’ll use that to make predictions on how and when the deer will move and rut in November 2018.

November 7, 2018: New Moon

The NC State study confirmed one fact we already know: Whitetails are crepuscular, which means they are most active at dawn and dusk, regardless of moon phase. “That fact did not change,” says researcher Marcus Lashley, who headed the study. “But the intensity of movement in each period when the deer decided to move did change.”

In some moon phases, deer were noticeably more active at dawn than they were at dusk, and the new moon is an example of that. “We saw a large peak of movement at daylight during this (new) phase, and below average movement the rest of the day and night,” Lashley notes.

In any given year the first week of November is one of the best times to hunt for a big deer; hundreds of giants are shot this week across North America. If you take off early in November up through the 12th, hunt as long as you can every day, because you never know when you’ll get an opportunity. But remember, with the moon new and dark and waxing crescent, bucks should be most active at daylight. Get on stand extra early and hunt the mornings extra hard.

November 15, 2018: First-Quarter Moon

The NC State study found that during the first-quarter moon, deer move less on average throughout the day than in all the other phases. Researcher Lashley goes so far as to say, “That would be a good seven days to work.”

This is where I disagree. Looking back to my notes, it is no secret that many huge bucks are killed every year during the rut window of November 8-16. This is always a good week to take off work.

On and around November 10 every season, especially in the Midwest, the “lockdown” begins in many areas as mature bucks hole up in covers and tend and breed does. Couple that with the data that say the overall deer activity will diminish during the first-quarter moon this November and things could be tough in some areas. But again, it’s the rut, and a big buck is apt to make a mistake anytime, any day. If this is the week you can get off work, go for it.

November 23, 2018: Full Moon

For several years I’ve been developing a new moon theory—mature bucks move great during the day in and around a full moon in November. Of course this flies in the face of what most of you have read and been told for years and probably believe–that deer are most active at night during a big moon, and therefore the full moon is bad for hunting.

But I believe I’m on to something, because the more I hunt during the “rutting moon” across the U.S. and Canada, the more bucks I see wandering around the woods, or chasing does.

The NC study backs me up, at least somewhat. “A common misconception is that deer can see better at night (and hence move all over the place) because it’s brighter when the moon is full. But according to our data they actually move less on average at night during a full moon and more during the middle of the day, and also earlier in the evenings,” Lashley says.

I see things setting up to be pretty good during the moon that waxes full on November 23, especially in states like Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma, Montana and others where peak rut typically occurs later on in November, from the 17th or so and throughout Thanksgiving week and even into early December. And in Midwest states where old bucks will be coming out of lockdown, some of them will prowl long and hard from around 11:00 a.m. until dark each day as they search for more does. Plan to get on stand by 9:00 a.m. and hunt till dark.

November 29, 2018: Last-Quarter Moon

Later on in November is tough and unpredictable any season. Breeding is winding down, and bucks have been pressured by hunters for two months. Simple math says there are fewer bucks in the woods because some were harvested earlier in the season.

But there is hope. According to the NC State researchers, from a moon perspective, the deer movement should be best from November 29 and into the first week of December. “If you are going to hunt the last hour of the day anytime of season, you should do it on the last quarter because that was the most extreme deer movement we saw during the whole study.”

Try this. Set an afternoon stand near a secluded, thick-cover funnel that leads out to a crop field where you know does are feeding. A skittish, weary buck is still ready and willing to breed any last doe that will give him a chance. You might shoot one yet as he sneaks out to check the girls in the last wisps of light.

Good luck and let me know how you do moon-wise.

 

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full moon buckFrom Missouri to Virginia to Canada, 90 percent of whitetail does will come into estrous and be bred from November 5-20, regardless of moon phase or weather. It’s been that way for decades in the Northern two-thirds of America, and will continue to be that way forever. Take off anytime from Halloween though Thanksgiving, and you’ll hunt some phase of the rut. Anytime you hunt rutting deer you are going to have a good time, with the potential to shoot a big buck.

While many hunters and scientists don’t put much stock in the moon’s effects on deer movement, I do. I base this on two things. One, 30-plus years of hunting and observing whitetails as they seek, chase and breed each November. And two, my keen interest in all things lunar, and how the 4 phases might affect deer movement. I read all the moon research I can get my hands, pro and con, and then compare that data to my field notes.

The most recent study on the moon and its effects on whitetail movement was conducted several years ago by researchers at North Carolina State University. Researchers tracked GPS-collared deer throughout the lunar phases, and analyzed text messages sent from those collars to determine when the does and bucks moved the most–and the least. I cross-referenced the study’s findings with my field notes and beliefs, and found some similarities and common ground.

I’ll use that to make predictions on how and when the deer will move and rut in November 2018.

November 7, 2018: New Moon

The NC State study confirmed one fact we already know: Whitetails are crepuscular, which means they are most active at dawn and dusk, regardless of moon phase. “That fact did not change,” says researcher Marcus Lashley, who headed the study. “But the intensity of movement in each period when the deer decided to move did change.”

In some moon phases, deer were noticeably more active at dawn than they were at dusk, and the new moon is an example of that. “We saw a large peak of movement at daylight during this (new) phase, and below average movement the rest of the day and night,” Lashley notes.

In any given year the first week of November is one of the best times to hunt for a big deer; hundreds of giants are shot this week across North America. If you take off early in November up through the 12th, hunt as long as you can every day, because you never know when you’ll get an opportunity. But remember, with the moon new and dark and waxing crescent, bucks should be most active at daylight. Get on stand extra early and hunt the mornings extra hard.

November 15, 2018: First-Quarter Moon

The NC State study found that during the first-quarter moon, deer move less on average throughout the day than in all the other phases. Researcher Lashley goes so far as to say, “That would be a good seven days to work.”

This is where I disagree. Looking back to my notes, it is no secret that many huge bucks are killed every year during the rut window of November 8-16. This is always a good week to take off work.

On and around November 10 every season, especially in the Midwest, the “lockdown” begins in many areas as mature bucks hole up in covers and tend and breed does. Couple that with the data that say the overall deer activity will diminish during the first-quarter moon this November and things could be tough in some areas. But again, it’s the rut, and a big buck is apt to make a mistake anytime, any day. If this is the week you can get off work, go for it.

November 23, 2018: Full Moon

For several years I’ve been developing a new moon theory—mature bucks move great during the day in and around a full moon in November. Of course this flies in the face of what most of you have read and been told for years and probably believe–that deer are most active at night during a big moon, and therefore the full moon is bad for hunting.

But I believe I’m on to something, because the more I hunt during the “rutting moon” across the U.S. and Canada, the more bucks I see wandering around the woods, or chasing does.

The NC study backs me up, at least somewhat. “A common misconception is that deer can see better at night (and hence move all over the place) because it’s brighter when the moon is full. But according to our data they actually move less on average at night during a full moon and more during the middle of the day, and also earlier in the evenings,” Lashley says.

I see things setting up to be pretty good during the moon that waxes full on November 23, especially in states like Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma, Montana and others where peak rut typically occurs later on in November, from the 17th or so and throughout Thanksgiving week and even into early December. And in Midwest states where old bucks will be coming out of lockdown, some of them will prowl long and hard from around 11:00 a.m. until dark each day as they search for more does. Plan to get on stand by 9:00 a.m. and hunt till dark.

November 29, 2018: Last-Quarter Moon

Later on in November is tough and unpredictable any season. Breeding is winding down, and bucks have been pressured by hunters for two months. Simple math says there are fewer bucks in the woods because some were harvested earlier in the season.

But there is hope. According to the NC State researchers, from a moon perspective, the deer movement should be best from November 29 and into the first week of December. “If you are going to hunt the last hour of the day anytime of season, you should do it on the last quarter because that was the most extreme deer movement we saw during the whole study.”

Try this. Set an afternoon stand near a secluded, thick-cover funnel that leads out to a crop field where you know does are feeding. A skittish, weary buck is still ready and willing to breed any last doe that will give him a chance. You might shoot one yet as he sneaks out to check the girls in the last wisps of light.

Good luck and let me know how you do moon-wise.

 

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Ep. 263: Reviewing Trends from the 2018 Whitetail Season

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Today is the final part of our two-part 2018 review and in this episode Spencer and I review trends and observations about the 2018 deer hunting season across the country. Subjects Discussed Revisiting a few of the big takeaways from…

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18 Baby Names Perfect for Your Little Outdoorsman

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If you’re expecting a baby boy this year, consider these 18 baby names that reflect the joy of the outdoors.

Are you expecting a baby boy in the future? Maybe you’re doing everything you can persuade your spouse to consider some baby names that are hunting or fishing-related.

Regardless of your situation, here are the best baby names for your future little outdoorsman. He will be cute, cuddly and rugged all at the same time. Many of these may need no explanation; however, some may need some investigating to get to the full meaning.

1. Hunter

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Okay, so this one is plain and simple, but it’s still a cute name for your little peanut.

2. Mariner

Mariner is a Celtic baby name meaning “lives by the sea.”

3. Bowman

Two words put together to make one unique name for your bundle of joy.

4. Remington

baby names 2016
Jessica Myers Photography

Not only is this just a name of one of the largest firearm manufacturers, but it’s quite the common first name for many boys born in the ’90’s.

5. Scout

“Hey Scout!” Not to be confused with Scott. Although I could see this being more of a nickname than a baby name. Either way, given this name, he’s bound to be on a journey full of adventure.

6. Colt

Has anyone ever seen the “3 Ninja’s” move series growing up? No? Well, one of the little ninjas was Colt and although you may not be having a ninja baby, if you are a cowboy or into horses or want to relate it to the revolver, this is a name for you new son.

7. Miles

The Latin meaning of ‘Miles’ is soldier. A soldier can be more than one who heads off to war, but someone who conquers challenges. Soldiers in our military are what allow us to hunt and fish and live with freedom so never to take away from the respect of our men and women who serve, many times hunters are soldiers.

Those who head out into the woods with a pack and a weapon, fighting the altitude, weather and terrain to hunt and harvest an animal of a lifetime too is much like a soldier, and Miles, well, Miles is a soldier.

8. Easton

Pronounced, spelled and sounding just like the archery arrow manufacturer, because that’s where we got it from.

9. Oakley

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This name is very unique and in some countries is a unisex name, for both girls and boys. There’s more to it than a fancy pair of sunglasses, as it’s true meaning is “A Field of Oak Trees”. Earth, nature and the outdoors, just where most fishermen and hunters like to spend their time.

10. Tanner

There are those who think immediately of the Tanner Family from Full House and if you weren’t, I may have just ruined it for you. If you’re still interested, when someone in taxidermy prepares an animal hide, they “tan” the hide. You little boy may just grow up to be the next best taxidermist with a very ironic first name for the job.

11. Dallas

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According to the Name Meaning Website, Dallas means “Wise, Meadow Stance.” I first thought of the name when my younger sister told me she was moving to Houston and instead of saying, “Congratulations! Good luck!” I said, “Awesome, make some friends who have hunting property!” Then I soon began searching the internet at places to hunt in Texas and many times found myself looking at flights into Dallas, TX.

I’m not sure why my mind thinks in this way, but regardless, if you name your newborn Dallas and he grows to have hunting property, don’t forget me and be sure to remember where the name idea came from!

12. Forrest/Forest

I like the double “r” here more than one, but however you spell it, let’s keep it related to the outdoors and not Forrest Gump! Your little one may not be a runner, but surely will love the outdoors if given the opportunity to.

13. Gauge

We understand the name “Double Barrel” or “Over-Under” wouldn’t suffice, and plus, Gauge just sounds like a really cool name. If you relate it to your shotgun or name your future son, Gauge is unique and a great name for the future outdoorsman.

14. Archer

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He may end up being more into firearms or fishing, but either way, Archer will be an outdoorsman and he will look good in that cute little camo onesie you got him for his ride home from the hospital.

15. Drake

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If you’re listening to the radio, you may be thinking of the hip-hop artist Drake, but I can assure you we’re relating this to the male duck, which happens to be the same name of your new little duckling.

16. Cam

Just because the term “String” and “Limb” didn’t work when we were naming parts of a compound bow. Cam. It’s got a nice ring to it.

17. Fletcher

So he may not grow up to own a pro shop and cut arrows, but he can always stand proud with the name Fletcher. Steer him into the right path, or flight, when the stork drops off your newborn.

18. Wyatt

This baby name has been popular this part year, signifying strength and bravery. Hunters and fisherman both go that extra mile for their adrenaline rush and harvest as they make their way against mother nature. They, like their parents, are strong minded and goal oriented and Wyatt, will be no different.

It’s not doubt if you are having a new baby, you have spent some time on the internet or in baby name books looking for that perfect match.

If you’re a couple who loves the outdoors or individually trying to convince your spouse to keep the name related to hunting or fishing, these are just a few to get you started. It may not be as easy as naming a puppy or kitten, but it will be as special if not more special.

Did you find one you like? Do you know someone who could use this list? Or is your very own name on this list? Be sure to comment and let us know if you have any more to add to the list as well.

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If you’re expecting a baby boy this year, consider these 18 baby names that reflect the joy of the outdoors.

Are you expecting a baby boy in the future? Maybe you’re doing everything you can persuade your spouse to consider some baby names that are hunting or fishing-related.

Regardless of your situation, here are the best baby names for your future little outdoorsman. He will be cute, cuddly and rugged all at the same time. Many of these may need no explanation; however, some may need some investigating to get to the full meaning.

1. Hunter

baby names 2016
Pinterest

Okay, so this one is plain and simple, but it’s still a cute name for your little peanut.

2. Mariner

Mariner is a Celtic baby name meaning “lives by the sea.”

3. Bowman

Two words put together to make one unique name for your bundle of joy.

4. Remington

baby names 2016
Jessica Myers Photography

Not only is this just a name of one of the largest firearm manufacturers, but it’s quite the common first name for many boys born in the ’90’s.

5. Scout

“Hey Scout!” Not to be confused with Scott. Although I could see this being more of a nickname than a baby name. Either way, given this name, he’s bound to be on a journey full of adventure.

6. Colt

Has anyone ever seen the “3 Ninja’s” move series growing up? No? Well, one of the little ninjas was Colt and although you may not be having a ninja baby, if you are a cowboy or into horses or want to relate it to the revolver, this is a name for you new son.

7. Miles

The Latin meaning of ‘Miles’ is soldier. A soldier can be more than one who heads off to war, but someone who conquers challenges. Soldiers in our military are what allow us to hunt and fish and live with freedom so never to take away from the respect of our men and women who serve, many times hunters are soldiers.

Those who head out into the woods with a pack and a weapon, fighting the altitude, weather and terrain to hunt and harvest an animal of a lifetime too is much like a soldier, and Miles, well, Miles is a soldier.

8. Easton

Pronounced, spelled and sounding just like the archery arrow manufacturer, because that’s where we got it from.

9. Oakley

baby names 2016
Pinterest

This name is very unique and in some countries is a unisex name, for both girls and boys. There’s more to it than a fancy pair of sunglasses, as it’s true meaning is “A Field of Oak Trees”. Earth, nature and the outdoors, just where most fishermen and hunters like to spend their time.

10. Tanner

There are those who think immediately of the Tanner Family from Full House and if you weren’t, I may have just ruined it for you. If you’re still interested, when someone in taxidermy prepares an animal hide, they “tan” the hide. You little boy may just grow up to be the next best taxidermist with a very ironic first name for the job.

11. Dallas

baby names 2016
Pinterest

According to the Name Meaning Website, Dallas means “Wise, Meadow Stance.” I first thought of the name when my younger sister told me she was moving to Houston and instead of saying, “Congratulations! Good luck!” I said, “Awesome, make some friends who have hunting property!” Then I soon began searching the internet at places to hunt in Texas and many times found myself looking at flights into Dallas, TX.

I’m not sure why my mind thinks in this way, but regardless, if you name your newborn Dallas and he grows to have hunting property, don’t forget me and be sure to remember where the name idea came from!

12. Forrest/Forest

I like the double “r” here more than one, but however you spell it, let’s keep it related to the outdoors and not Forrest Gump! Your little one may not be a runner, but surely will love the outdoors if given the opportunity to.

13. Gauge

We understand the name “Double Barrel” or “Over-Under” wouldn’t suffice, and plus, Gauge just sounds like a really cool name. If you relate it to your shotgun or name your future son, Gauge is unique and a great name for the future outdoorsman.

14. Archer

baby names 2016
Lullaby Lane Photography

He may end up being more into firearms or fishing, but either way, Archer will be an outdoorsman and he will look good in that cute little camo onesie you got him for his ride home from the hospital.

15. Drake

baby names 2016
Pinterest

If you’re listening to the radio, you may be thinking of the hip-hop artist Drake, but I can assure you we’re relating this to the male duck, which happens to be the same name of your new little duckling.

16. Cam

Just because the term “String” and “Limb” didn’t work when we were naming parts of a compound bow. Cam. It’s got a nice ring to it.

17. Fletcher

So he may not grow up to own a pro shop and cut arrows, but he can always stand proud with the name Fletcher. Steer him into the right path, or flight, when the stork drops off your newborn.

18. Wyatt

This baby name has been popular this part year, signifying strength and bravery. Hunters and fisherman both go that extra mile for their adrenaline rush and harvest as they make their way against mother nature. They, like their parents, are strong minded and goal oriented and Wyatt, will be no different.

It’s not doubt if you are having a new baby, you have spent some time on the internet or in baby name books looking for that perfect match.

If you’re a couple who loves the outdoors or individually trying to convince your spouse to keep the name related to hunting or fishing, these are just a few to get you started. It may not be as easy as naming a puppy or kitten, but it will be as special if not more special.

Did you find one you like? Do you know someone who could use this list? Or is your very own name on this list? Be sure to comment and let us know if you have any more to add to the list as well.

NEXT: 10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER MARRY A HUNTER

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ATA 2019: Top New Hunting Boots and Clothing

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ATA 2019: Top New Hunting Boots and Clothing

It’s no secret that warm, dry and comfortable gear makes for happy hunting, and the gear improves every year. Check out what the DDH team found at the ATA Show.

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It’s no secret that warm, dry and comfortable gear makes for happy hunting, and the gear improves every year. Check out what the DDH team found at the ATA Show.

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