I was curious If anyone has ever noticed a correlation between the phases of the moon and Blacktail/Mule deer activity. In my experience it seems that there is an effect on the deer but I was wondering if anyone else had an opinion.
Me too - think of a great big spotlight (the moon) allowing those deer to see more acorns on the ground.I have always noticed alot more movement at night during full moon phases.
I've never noticed a difference myself, however both my father & grandfather, who have killed more blacktails than most of us will ever see in a life time had both always told me that they didn't like to hunt when there was a full moon. Reason being that they felt or noticed that the deer were out more at night, could see & get around better, watch for predators better, so fed more and thus bedded down more during the day...? No imperical data for that, just some old timers who lived with blacktails on homesteads in No Cal for about 100 years...