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Old 12-29-2012, 01:26 PM
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Moon phase affect

I have a ? regarding a spring black bear hunt. Does the moon phase influence weather bears are out during the day or do they feed at night with a bright moonlight night. I am looking at an Idaho spring hunt and am wondering if I should book around the full moon or avoid it? Or does it make no diff.?
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:22 PM
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Re: Moon phase affect

Put on your BIG GIRL panties & just go hunting. Don't look for reasons to not go.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:50 PM
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Re: Moon phase affect

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Put on your BIG GIRL panties & just go hunting. Don't look for reasons to not go.
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If only we were all as wise as you
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:29 AM
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Re: Moon phase affect

TJ,I hunted in Newfoundland,Can. June 2011 on a full moon..r.Most bait hunts are afternoon-evening affairs.. We hunted all day because thats allso bear"rut"time. Saw bear during entire day. I'm not in favor of deer hunting dring full moon. Good luck!
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:29 AM
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Re: Moon phase affect

I doubt it makes a difference. Full moon for May 2013 will be the 25th. Sunrise 5:01 am, sunset 8:34 pm, which is 15 hours 33 min of daylight. Night only feeding won't fill the belly. Bears should be moving good by then with the rut starting. If its a hound hunt the dogs can pick up scent hours later. If its a bait set they can hit anytime. Spot and stalk bears can be seen all day. I will say the less direct light the better, overcast is good, the shady side of things will likely hold bears longer. Smaller bears avoid bigger bears so they have to move and feed different places and times. One of the early collar studies in Idaho surprised the biologist how active bears were in the day time. Go, have fun, hunt hard all day, take advantage of the moonlight for getting into, and out of position. I've never seen underwear make much difference wear whats comfortable.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:56 AM
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Re: Moon phase affect

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Put on your BIG GIRL panties & just go hunting. Don't look for reasons to not go.
KJ
Not looking for reason not to go just looking at timing.

Thanks to all for your advise.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:15 PM
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Re: Moon phase affect

Bear are different than other critters, they do whatever they want to do and whenever also. I've run bear with dogs for 30 years and there is no rhyme or reason to what they do other than eat. Find the food and you'll find the bear. Good luck on your hunt. Mike
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