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#3242428 - 04/21/20 01:58 PM Solar and lunar tables and hunting forecasts for varmints
Matlock Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 12/15/15
Posts: 961
Loc: ID - Idaho
I'm just curious if anyone else has used apps or solar/lunar tables that post major and minor times for a given location? If so, have you found them to be at all accurate in predicting good vs. bad days or general animal activity? I'm specifically interested in how this applies to varmints such as ground squirrels or prairie dogs, not coyotes.

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#3242429 - 04/21/20 02:04 PM Re: Solar and lunar tables and hunting forecasts for varmints [Re: Matlock]
crittr gittr Offline
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Registered: 08/31/12
Posts: 1373
Loc: UTAH
Get a hold of Darren, he has one on his iphone that is pretty dang accurate for varmints. I wish they made it for android but they don't
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#3242445 - 04/21/20 04:49 PM Re: Solar and lunar tables and hunting forecasts for varmints [Re: Matlock]
Matlock Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 12/15/15
Posts: 961
Loc: ID - Idaho
Thanks Kent! I do remember Darren and I talking about this at the PM convention a couple years back, and that he had found it to be helpful. I was hoping to poll the audience to see if I could get anyone else's feedback.

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#3242487 - 04/22/20 11:40 AM Re: Solar and lunar tables and hunting forecasts for varmints [Re: Matlock]
Smokin Pole Offline
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Registered: 02/22/13
Posts: 45
Loc: Colorado
I've played with the solar/lunar tables for awhile. Didn't seem to make much difference in my success one way or another. There is some thing to it, but, apparently is beyond my ability to understand.

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#3242541 - 04/23/20 12:29 AM Re: Solar and lunar tables and hunting forecasts for varmints [Re: Matlock]
Kenlguy Offline
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Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 922
Loc: central WA
Enough sage rats will be out and about on sunny days no matter what your app indicates.
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#3242564 - 04/23/20 10:55 AM Re: Solar and lunar tables and hunting forecasts for varmints [Re: Matlock]
muskrat30 Offline
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Registered: 03/03/02
Posts: 2974
Loc: Wisconsin
I think general weather is the key. That means how much sun, hopefully lighter wind for shooting. Then let’s factor in time of the year. The mounds can get more crowded once the pups are up & about.
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#3243142 - 04/29/20 12:56 PM Re: Solar and lunar tables and hunting forecasts for varmints [Re: Matlock]
Matlock Offline
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Registered: 12/15/15
Posts: 961
Loc: ID - Idaho
Thanks everyone for the feedback. We've had some stellar days over the last week plus where the app said it wouldn't be good as well as some days where it said it would be great and it wasn't. So as many have said, I believe there is certainly more to it. Seems like weather and location being the biggest factors. Like Smokin Pole said, if there is something to it, understanding it is beyond me. I'll just keep using this as another tool that may help and not bible verse.

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