June 20, 2016: Strawberry Moon & Summer Solstice

strawberry-moon-squareWe talk a lot about moon phases on BIG DEER Blog because I believe the moons in the fall especially the full one in November sparks big bucks to move and hence is a great week to hunt.

My ongoing interest in the moon turned up this: Today’s full moon, which coincides with the summer solstice, is a rare and once-in-a-lifetime event. The last time the full moon lined up with the longest day of the year was back in June 1967. Today there will be approximately 17 hours of light.

This Full Strawberry Moon gets its name from the Algonquin tribes, who took it as a signal to gather strawberries and ripening fruit.

As far as fish and game go, some lunar predictions report that fishing would be best today, June 20, so you might want to slip out of work early and wet a line.

In the northern hemisphere, starting tomorrow, the days begin to get shorter and the official countdown to deer season 2016 begins. While whitetail antlers are growing rapidly now, the deceasing daylight over the next 6 weeks will cause them to start to harden in early August. After that, once bucks shed velvet in September, it’s game on. Soon in our annual BIG DEER moon and rut-hunting guide, we’ll analyze the moon phases that really matter for your hunting in late October and November 2016.

BTW get out there tonight and look for the Strawberry Moon. If you miss it, you’ll have to wait another 46 years before you can see the full moon on the summer solstice because it will not happen again until June 21, 2062.