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    I am heading to Namibia in May/June next year for a plains game hunt, after speaking to a couple references they say not to go when the full moon is out as it was a lot harder to hunt because apparently the animals were out feeding all night, and were a lot harder to find.

    Sorry this may be a stupid question but i thought i wolud ask just incase.

    Cheers Clint

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    It's true the hunting isn't as good with a full moon out, but it is Africa and you should still have a fairly good hunt.

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    Hi Clint yes to an exstint this is true last year I hunted durring a full moon and had to hunt hard due to the animals not moving as much durring the day. However they do move and by the end of the hunt the 4 animals on my list that I had not taken Duiker, Steenbok, Bushpig and Bushbuck and traded them for a beautiful Nyala. Of course I left them on my to get list and went back this year and made up for them. Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobpuckett View Post
    Of course I left them on my to get list and went back this year and made up for them. Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondhitch View Post
    Its a shame when you have to go back! ;D
    Yeah and I'm probably going to have to go back next year for the Caracal and the Bushpig I did't get this year. Damn the luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by clint21 View Post
    I am heading to Namibia in May/June next year for a plains game hunt, after speaking to a couple references they say not to go when the full moon is out as it was a lot harder to hunt because apparently the animals were out feeding all night, and were a lot harder to find.

    Sorry this may be a stupid question but i thought i wolud ask just incase.

    Cheers Clint
    The solution to this dilemma is to book for a full month!

    There is no bad time to hunt in Africa. That being said, I feel like I see more animals around a new moon. I try to book my hunts a week before to a week after a new moon. Obviously we can't all go at that time. It would be interesting to hear what the Outfitters/PH's say about this.
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    I was advised by my PH that if you want to hunt the night animals, jackal, caracal, etc., go with the dark moon nights for best results.

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    from experience I agree with that 100%

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    Quote Originally Posted by enysse View Post
    It's true the hunting isn't as good with a full moon out, but it is Africa and you should still have a fairly good hunt.
    I agree 100%, went last yr to SA in the wrong moon phase (this was the only time that would work for us...) and we did great, the 3 of us shot our target animals and had time to spare!!

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    I just came back from SA about 9 days ago, and we were there for 16 days. I did not believe that a full moon would have any influence on hunting in Africa whatsoever, but I was very wrong. The closer we got to the full moon, the less animals we were seeing, especially during the morning hunts. I saw it for myself, as I wanted to know the answer for myself. The fact is that now any hunt I book, anywhere in fact, will be as far from full moon phases as possible, to give me the best opportunity for success. It made that big of a difference in the amount of animals we were seeing, even in Africa, that it made me a firm believer.

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    I am in the early planning stages of my next safari and I too specified for the first time a wish to avoid the moon as much as possible. I never really paid any attention to it but am becoming a believer too. Here in NA I know we always tried to hunt around a full moon. I remember my dad always whining about the moon keeping the critters up eating all night and sleeping the morning away. I just never figured it made that much difference in Africa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wheels View Post
    The solution to this dilemma is to book for a full month!

    There is no bad time to hunt in Africa. That being said, I feel like I see more animals around a new moon. I try to book my hunts a week before to a week after a new moon. Obviously we can't all go at that time. It would be interesting to hear what the Outfitters/PH's say about this.
    Wheels come on play fair only a month ? - why not do it right three months and use the full moon phases for R&R back in Joberg or PE ?

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    Ok i agree, even though we had a great hunt in the wrong moon phase last yr (we did see less animals in the full moon, but the ones we shot were great trophies..) i to believe a person should try and plan your hunt avoiding the full moon phase. A group of us are heading over next yr and our plan is to be there sometime in the dark moon phase...

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    If you have a choice, hunt during a dark moon. If you don't have a choice then so be it. The hunt will still be a blast and you may have to work just a tab bit harder.

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    Thanks for all your replys guys will be very handy to know for my hunt next year. Take it easy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odinsraven View Post
    Wheels come on play fair only a month ? - why not do it right three months and use the full moon phases for R&R back in Joberg or PE ?
    You are right.....I don't think big enough. Three months is a lot better.

    I just saw the video of your ammobroom did you invent this? Neat idea.
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    Clint I was checking the moon phase calender and end of May and first of June is perfect. Enjoy the hunt.
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    I was in same situation..... After hearing from all the guys on here, I opted for the last quarter to new moon time to hunt. Some say it doesn't make much difference, then many senior members & PH's said that it does. So having had the choice.... I steered clear of the full moon. Better safe sorry. I'm going May 2014 as well. Good luck to ya'!

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    i just hunted S africa with my bow on a full moon a week ago..(june 2013) sure the animals change thier pattern..but your PH should be able to adjust your schedule..and one thing is for sure--they have to drink so waterhole can be your best bet to score on a full moon. i took 2 impala, 2 warthog, 1 zebra, and 1 blue wildbeast with my bow. good luck

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    gady lew vogler.
    welcome to the site , sounds like you had a good hunt mate .
    do you mean you got home a week ago , because the full moon was 2 weeks ago .
    were you hunt before , on and after the full . or on one side of it please .
    love read a hunting report and enjoy your photos .
    who were you hunting with ?
    and where ?

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