For years, hunters and fisherman have tried to get an edge in wildlife harvesting by observing movement patterns. There are as many theories as to what causes wild animals to behave the way they do. Weather, daylight, temperature, moon phase and other factors all influence each sportsman’s ideas of what will give them the best odds of finding that trophy Whitetail deer or monster Largemouth Bass.
One theory that has been used for many years bases the highest movement patterns of fish and wildlife on the combined cycles of the Sun and the Moon. Forecasts called “Solunar Calendars” are available for any region in the country, and give you a prediction of when peak movement times will be so that you can plan your next hunting or fishing trip accordingly. These calendars typically show major and minor movement periods for each day. Depending on the cycles of the moon and sun, it may show one or two hot periods each day. In addition to the peak movement times, the calendars rate each day from 1-4 stars according to which days are best.
Do these calendars really work? I’m not a biologist, but I can say that during one peak movement, I was fortunate enough to harvest a nine point, 223 pound whitetail buck in the sleet and driving rain at 2PM in the afternoon. It was a day that no one would typically hunt, unless it was during the rut.
During another peak time, a group of four of us caught 168 Striped Bass in just over 3 hours. I cannot attribute these successes to the Solunar Calendars, but they are enough evidence for me to pay attention to them any time I can. I even have an app on my phone to give me the best times to hunt, when I am not near a computer to check.
If you are wondering if I am the only crazy one who is using these calendars, here is a poll from solunarforecast.com
The calendar is at the bottom of this page on our website, or you can go to www.solunarforecast.com and create your own. Maybe this extra help will be the key to your next trophy!