How Do You Use Solunar Tables for Timing Deer Hunts?


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Solunar time tables help hunters by showing the best active feeding times for deer and other game. In a solunar table, every year, month and day has its own unique set of data, which is determined by the position of the sun and moon.

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The most commonly purchased solunar tables are arranged in a monthly format. They indicate the time zone used in determining chart data and are printed accurate to within one minute, When reading a solunar table, the time shown in the chart must be adjusted by approximately one minute for every 12 miles of longitudinal location.

A solunar table contains time table information arranged into columns. The columns contain timing data on specific events, such as minor and major feeding periods, sunrise and sunset, and moonrise and moonset. A legend at the bottom of the table provides a brief explanation of the symbols used in the columns.

The most important columns on the solunar table are the major and minor feeding times. Major feeding times are two hours long, centered around the time shown on the time table, so a major feeding time listed at 5:00 a.m. begins at 4:00 a.m. and ends at 6:00 a.m. Minor feeding times are one hour long, and they are also centered around the time shown on the table.

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