Okay for the first four days of season I watched four to five does in our food plot ( Acre and a half or so of Imperial Whitetail Clover, ChicMagnet, Sugar Beats, Winter Peas, Winter Oats) every morning for between forty-five minutes and two hours. They returned in the evening but didnít stay as long about half an hour or so before dark. I am hunting with my brother and we are really holding out for the rut to get into full swing next month before we take anything, unless a really nice shooter buck comes along. This year has been so strange though we sat dark to dark the first few days, then we started leaving late morning and returning in the early evening about 4. We were seeing great activity in the morning and decent activity in the evening. Then the frost came and we saw nothing but turkeys in the morning. Nothing but turkey activity after that heavy wind and rain.
Almost every morning we have turkeys, they have not stayed as long since the heavy rain that followed the frost. They usually stayed half an hour to forty-five minutes then the heavy rain came and they just pretty much ate on the fly staying only about fifteen minutes.
The long and the short of my story is we have not seen any deer the last few days, hunting early morning like 6am to 10am and then early evening from 4 or 5 till 8 or dark anyway.
I have read so many articles of people who only hunt the moon phase and well the evening of the heavy rain was nearly a full moon, the night after was full and last night was nearly full. I would like input from anyone whether or not you hunt the moon phase or not. I am considering using the Garmin Etrex and it hunting fishing prediction based on the moon phase to see how it plays out. I will keep everyone posted as to how it comes out.
Thank you all in advance for your time reading and responding to my thread!