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      With Weather and Wildlife it is now possible to predict wildlife feeding activity well in advance of your trip.

     Virtually all wildlife repeats certain activities each and every day, week and month. All fish and animals must eat and rest to sustain life. The movement necessary to accomplish these basic needs is what provides all of us with the opportunity to observe and harvest these animals. There are several lunar and solar influences that have proven to affect wildlife feeding activity. Fortunately each of these influences can be observed and measured and then compared to field research with the results presented as Weather and Wildlife ratings and graphs. Weather and Wildlife charts, when used along with your knowledge of game animals, fish and weather will help you better predict the times for your hunting and fishing success.

      Solar Influence is the most significant influence in our daily lives as well as that of wildlife. Animals that are active primarily in the daylight are called diurnal and those active at night are nocturnal. Animals that are most active in the period of twilight or transition between day and night are called crepuscular. Most animals that are nocturnal are also crepuscular. Deer is a good example of an animal that is primarily nocturnal and also crepuscular.

      The primary solar periods that are factored in Weather and Wildlife charts are dawn, dusk, midday and midnight. Each of these periods is determined based on the exact time of sunrise and sunset for that specific location and date. Not all game animals respond the same to solar influences. For example, dusk usually signals the start of the daily activity cycle for most ungulates (deer, elk, moose, and antelope), however dusk represents the end of the daily activity cycle for most game birds. As a result of these differences, Weather and Wildlife utilizes different solar profiles and ratings for certain groups of game animals and fish to provide more accurate charts.

      Solar influence is at its greatest when the sun is at its zenith or most directly overhead. That point occurs around June 21st each year in the northern hemisphere. Even though the solar influence on wildlife within each day is significant, the day-to-day and even the week-to-week change resulting from this solar influence are incremental and not very noticeable. Therefore the sun is a major factor in the Best Time of the Day Charts and is not factored at all in Best Day of the Month Chart.

      Lunar Influence is also a significant factor in the day-to-day lives of wildlife as it is with people. Some lunar influences are obvious while others are not. The most obvious and measurable influence or effect of the moon on the earth is seen with tides. The combined gravitational force and rotation of the moon and earth is one of the primary influences in the rise and fall of tides. The period that the moon exerts its greatest influence at any specific location on earth is based on the relative position of the moon, the distance the moon is from the earth and the angle of the moon above a certain location at that specific time.

      Most evidence indicates that the periods of greatest lunar influence on wildlife are when the moon is most directly overhead and then again when it is most directly underfoot (opposite side of the earth). These two positions are usually referred to as "major" activity periods or in other charts as "excellent" activity periods. There are two other daily periods of lunar influence that occur halfway between the overhead and underfoot positions and they are usually called "minor" or "good" activity periods. The moon phase has also proven to indicate, if not directly cause, certain periods of heightened activity.

      When the moon is closest to earth (perigee), all other lunar influences are magnified. This magnification of other lunar effects also occurs when the moon is at its highest declination or so called high moon.