▶ Researchers from North Carolina State University recently shed new light on how moon phases influence deer movement. Deer in the study moved mostly at twilight in all phases, but researchers observed some subtle differences throughout the month that, when applied to a moon calendar, just might give hunters a slight edge. Movement lasted a little longer into the early morning during the new moon, which this year falls around mid-month in October, November, and December. Midmorning movement rates were highest during the non-quarter periods--those days not within 48 hours of full, new, and quarter moon phases. Though relatively low, midday movement tended to be greatest during the full moon, which occurs around the beginning and end of the fall months this year. Late-afternoon activity peaked during the last quarter, five to 10 days prior to the full moon.