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  Weather and Wildlife is a Microsoft® .NET software application that improves your hunting and fishing success by more accurately predicting the best times to hunt and fish. This program's accuracy and ease of use are the result of thousands of hours of research combined with our game-specific algorithms, and program technology.

      The quest to determine the best times to hunt and fish is not a recent project. For hundreds of years people that made their living hunting and fishing recognized that there were certain times when wildlife was more abundant. The lives of most Native Americans were completely dependent on knowing the best times to hunt and fish. People who base their existence on the ocean or lakes have long understood that solar and lunar influences help determine the best times to fish. Market hunters in the 1800s recognized that they were more successful hunting with the moon overhead or underfoot as well as during certain moon phases. Often without knowing the exact cause of their success, they recorded the dates and times of this increased wildlife activity. By using these records, which became the earliest best time to hunt and fish charts or solunar tables, they became even more successful.

      Much credit should be given to John Alden Knight for his early research and pioneering of solar and lunar influences. In 1926 Knight began his studies of various influences that affect wildlife activity. This research resulted in his publishing tables in 1936 that illustrated periods in each day of major activity and minor activity. Others have subsequently developed similar lunar tables, solunar tables or astro tables to predict wildlife activity.

      Today what is generally known and accepted is that fish and game are more active at certain times of the day based on two major "solar triggers", dawn and dusk. With some animals dawn triggers the start of their daily activity. With others, dusk signals the start of their daily activity. Most traditional moon charts, solunar tables or astro tables fail to recognize these significant differences. Without consideration to these "game specific" solar tendencies, any chart or table that forecasts wildlife feeding activity is seriously flawed.

      Since John Alden Knight's publication in 1936, the most significant improvement in our understanding of influences on wildlife activity has come with the more recent computer capability to calculate the combined effect of solar and lunar influences. Comparing the dates and times of these combined influences to actual wildlife activity has shown that there are definitely certain times and days with significantly increased activity. Research has shown that there are certain times that you are three times more likely to see game or fish than during other times.

      Weather and Wildlife's Best Time of the Day chart is based on solar and lunar influences that cycle during each day. The chart shows each hour of the day graphically and its numerical rating. The hours with the higher rating have a greater combination of solar and lunar influence and thus indicate the best times to hunt and fish. The graphics in Weather and Wildlife are designed to quickly illustrate the hours that occur during the time of visible daylight. It also shows the position of the moon during each hour. Sunrise and set are also indicated on the chart. There is also a "combined rating" that is displayed on the Best Time of the Day chart. This combined rating includes both the rating for that day added to the rating for the specific hour that the cursor is placed on.

      Weather and Wildlife charts are more accurate because they are the only charts that consider diurnal inequality to determining the best time to hunt or fish. Declination and diurnal inequality occur each month during the 28-day lunar cycle.

      Declination is the advancing and declining of the moon each month to its highest and lowest point in the sky. The highest or the maximum lunar declination is often called "high moon". The moon's orbit does not follow the earth's equator. In fact its orbit is tilted in two different planes causing it to advance to a latitude of 28.5 above the equator and then in about two weeks it will retreat to a latitude 28.5 below it. This advancing and retreating between these two points is what is called lunar declination. When the moon is at its maximum declination, its influence is greater in North America than at other times.

      Diurnal inequality is when the changing lunar declination causes other lunar effects to be either more or less intense. The best example is with tides. The moon's transit or "overhead" position is the primary influences for one daily high tide, and the "underfoot" position influences the other high tide. Sometimes the "overhead" tide is larger than the "underfoot" tide, and sometimes it is the other way around. The only time that they are the same is when the moon is at the equator or at 0 declination . This diurnal inequality of the moon's cycle affects wildlife in a similar way that it does the tides. Only Weather and Wildlife's algorithms and charts factor-in changing lunar declination to more accurately determine ratings.

      The other lunar event that affects the intensity of the feeding activity periods is the distance that the moon is from the earth. The point at which the moon is nearest the earth and exerts its greatest influence is called "perigee" and the point it is furthest away is "apogee". The information, algorithms, charts and ratings in Weather and Wildlife is based on the exact latitude and longitude of your location. We use zip codes to allow you to change this information for your hunting or fishing location. Weather and Wildlife can be fine-tuned further by using the calendar control on the charts to specify the day, month and year that you want to view.

      Weather is a critical factor that will independently affect wildlife feeding activity. It is so important to our charts and ratings that we include local current and forecast weather right in the program. Having live desktop weather direct from the National Weather Service provides you with another essential element to help predict wildlife feeding activity.