Today’s blog comes from one of our country’s most recognized wildlife biologists/outdoor writers/television show host of Trailing the Hunter’s Moon , Larry Weishuhn. Although universally known as “Mr. Whitetail”, Larry trails the “Hunter’s Moon” throughout the world in search of big game hunting adventures. Tune in for this weeks episode of Trailing the Hunter’s Moon Monday at 3:00 PM ET, Tuesday at 6:30 PM ET, Fridays at 6:30 PM ET and Saturdays at 9:30 AM ET.
The moon is a powerful force! It controls the ebb and flow of tides of the Earth’s seas and even influences when animals feed and when they rest. We humans too, are often influenced by the moon and it can cause we humans to do some most “interesting” things. Personally, for many years I have been drawn to and trailed the Hunter’s Moon in search of hunting adventures throughout North America and many other “off shore” destinations.
The “Hunter’s Moon” is actually the first full moon of November, a huge orange moon, a moon that many years ago heralded the issuance of hunting seasons; a time when stags roared, drawing hunters to the call of the wild!
In my office hang several calendars. All, for good reason are permanently set on November. For me the Hunter’s Moon is always rising somewhere regardless of whether it actually is November or not!
When it came time to title my new TV series there was never a question. It would be named after a book I wrote a few years ago that took readers to many of the finest hunting destinations throughout the world, “Trailing the Hunter’s Moon”!
During the filming of an elk hunting episode we were hunting during a full moon, a time when often hunting can be “difficult” because most hunters believe animals feed and move all night long in the moonlight. Quite often, in my experience, critters tend to move after sundown only during the darkest of the night, then bed down when the full moon rises. But, then again move during the middle part of the day when many hunters are back at camp having lunch. watching football games on weekends, or possibly kicking back and checking their eyelids for holes!
If you, as a hunter are not in the field during mid-day particularly at the time when the moon is full or nearly so and shining all night, or, when there is a new moon and virtually no moon at night, you may well be missing the best opportunities to take an animal, particularly one that is mature!
Trailing the Hunter’s Moon may lead you too, to many successful hunting adventures.