December 2014
Our Outdoor Heritage

Be a Better Hunter With Moonrise-Moonset Times


Hunting Heritage Foundation releases 3rd Edition “Alabama Hunting & Fishing Almanac.”

The Hunting Heritage Foundation is happy to announce the publication and distribution of the "2014-2015 Alabama Hunting & Fishing Almanac." Twenty-four thousand copies of the Almanac were published in partnership with the Alabama State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Alabama Farmers Cooperative. AFC and H. T. Hackney Co. have distributed the Almanac to over 500 retail outlets across the state for free giveaway to customers.

The Almanac is now also available electronically at or through a major partner,, an innovative Internet-based shopping venue for hunters. The publication may be downloaded for free at either site. Another major partner, Great Days Outdoors Magazine, has sent the Almanacelectronically to subscribers as a free bonus issue.

The Alabama State Chapter of NWTF provided major funding for the Almanac as a part of NWTF’s "Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt." initiative. This initiative recognizes all the good habitat work undertaken by NWTF and others is for naught unless we also work to sustain the broad base of hunters.

As NWTF CEO George Thornton put it, "The past has proven we won’t have sustainable wildlife habitat unless hunters are involved. Hunters pay for 80 percent of the budgets for state wildlife agencies that drive the research and work to restore essential habitat for game and nongame species."

To learn more about this two-pronged initiative, go to This laudable direction on the part of NWTF helps to move the entire hunting community out of the single-focus approach so prevalent in the past.

Also of note is that NWTF has reached across species-specific lines at the national level, signing a memorandum of understanding with Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, organizations that share a common vision.

This is the kind of synergistic leadership needed if hunting is to remain strong. Only by casting aside the parochial, competitive ways of the past, and adopting collaborative, cooperative ways can we overcome the obstacles confronting us.

The "Hunting & Fishing Almanac" is made possible through just such collaboration. With the help of NWTF, AFC and H. T. Hackney Co., we are pleased to be able to provide this ready-reference guide to hunting and fishing to retailers to give to their customers free. This partnership results in getting the Almanac in the hands of rank and file hunters and fishermen through hundreds of stores at the local level. Classifieds for Hunters and Great Days Outdoors have greatly expanded the reach of the Almanac by making it available electronically.

The moonrise-moonset times in the Almanaccan be used to determine the best times to hunt deer. According to Tom Hayes, who wrote "How to Hunt the Whitetail Deer," "Except for a brief early-morning and late-evening feeding period, the whitetail normally gets up with the moon and lies down with the moon.

"Though hunting is generally poorest at the time of the full moon and is generally best when the night is totally dark; at all times – during favorable weather – when the moon rises during the daylight hours, the days will be above average for hunting while at those times when the moon rises during the hours of darkness hunting will produce below average results."

For example, the week of Christmas 2014 should be a prime time to hunt. It is the dark of the moon, and the moon rises during the daylight hours all week. So if you have some time off for Christmas, this year should offer excellent hunting opportunities – if the weather will cooperate.

The Almanac, in its third year of publication, is a 32-page, calendar-based guide to hunting and fishing seasons and regulations. The user-friendly text has proven popular with all kinds of hunters, the avid and not-so-avid. Every hunter counts the same in paying for management and protection of wildlife resources enjoyed by all of society. This is why it is so important to keep the base of hunters broad.

An additional 1,000 copies of the Almanachave been custom-printed for other businesses such as Finchburg Grocery, Great Days Outdoors and Gettin’ Outdoors Radio with Big Daddy Lawler.

The corporate citizenship displayed by H. T. Hackney Co., AFC and other partners is a real asset. Keeping people hunting and fishing not only pays for putting conservation enforcement officers and biologists on the ground and in the water but it drives a huge economic engine.

Hunting amounts to a $1.8 billion economic impact annually in Alabama. Freshwater fishing adds another $780 million. The two activities are responsible for $1.7 billion in direct retail expenditures, spinning off $155 million in state and local taxes every year in Alabama.

To learn more about the role hunters play, go to

Corky Pugh is theexecutive director of the Hunting Heritage Foundation.

The Hunting Heritage Foundation is an Alabama non-profit organization established in 2011. To see what HHF stands for, go to the website at You can write to us at P. O. Box 242064, Montgomery, AL 36124, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..