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Question Hunting when its full moon

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by cossy, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. cossy

    cossy Well-Known Member

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    Now I might sound stupid but the way I look at it is, u don't ask u don't get. 2 weeks ago + I shot my first rabbit and nearly every weekend I've had a kill. Last 2 weeks I've had "0" :(
    I've not seen 1 rabbit. So Question, Does the full moon have an effect on rabbits during the day and night ( please no ware wolf jokes :) )
    Today I spent 4hrs in the morning and 2 hrs tonight and I did not see a rabbit in sight :((((
     
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    My old man used to tell me never to go lamping on a full moon.

    Plus I would imagine its harder to stalk at night using NV stuff as its so bright, that said Ive shot rabbits on a full moon using just a normal scope and no lamp just watching shapes appear on the horizon is dead exiting then once your pupils are used to the dark when you look through the scope on low mag its amazing what decent glass will do often giving you a full sight picture if not a bit dark.
     
  3. jw74

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    I've had rabbits with a big bright moon up,but I've also had none on similar occasions. I think they seem to be about at certain times on my perm for a few weeks then it seems quiet for a week or so! I'm sure they change shifts ha.I'd prefer very cloudy very light misty rain and a bit of wind blowing.that's when I've had my most productive shoots.
     
  4. Andy Wales

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    Aw, c'mon, what's a full moon without a werewolf joke lol?

    Q: Mummy, why do all the other kids call me a werewolf?

    A: Timmy, take your friend out of your mouth before you speak!

    Sorry, just couldn't resist :D

    On a serious note, I am not seeing any rabbits around my permission(s) either. I'm getting up in the morning at 5am and heading up there so let's see if there are any around just before and at first light :rolleyes:. If I don't see any, I promise you all I'm going to be Howling......Oops, there I go again :D

    Andy :)
     
  5. David M

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    Before I knocked up my NV set, I used to always hope for a bright full moon and clear sky for my style of lamping. That sounds all wrong to what you're usually advised is best conditions but I was hopeless wandering about on pitch dark nights, quick scans looking for some bright eyes then stumbling across uneven ground hoping it was deaf and would still be there when I may be in range..! The tactics that served me well for a few nights each side of a full moon was to batch up around 25 yards from where I'd seen them graze/emerge previously (as if it was an evening session), then just scan the area with my 40 or 50mm scope set to x3 mag just using the moonlight. I got a pretty clear sight picture and one more than good enough to see when a rabbit emerged. Then I used to up the mag from x3 to about 8-9 and press the remote switch, turning on the red lamp bathing them in red light. Normally they just carried on nibbling while I took the easy shot. I found this a very effective method each month throughtout the year to do something different.

    The only issue was that I suffered with my scope misting up at night and for a while went through trying a number of things on the lens' before I found a type of M&S hand soap smeared on, allowed to dry then gently buffed off cured it completely...!....:up:
     
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    I never went lamping on a full moon because the lamp was never as effective, it washed the light out. Plus you stood out a mile, espeicially if the sky was clear like daylight sometimes.

    Andrew
     
  7. Harwich Shooter

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    I shoot on a full moon with no problem. I just behave and stalk as if it was daylight albeit with a yukon photon and hand ir spotter. If I do lay up and wait for the Rabbits(with a cup of coffee). I make sure that I am downwind and in the moonshadow of a hedge or tree. You do not have any real advantage with a full moon as the Rabbits can spot you easily. Also they do not always come out to play. I regularly drive past a large garden and sometimes there are 50+ rabbits grazing and other days there are 0.
     
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    hello, well let us know ????
     

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