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Gary Finch Outdoors

Game Tables Are fish and game activity tables accurate? By Steve Layton and Gary Finch

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ne of the questions I often get is whether or not Solunar or Vektor tables are really valuable at predicting game movement? My answer has always been, and continues to be, a resounding “yes” and here’s why. Unlike other animals, we humans have tried to manipulate our waking hours to be constantly productive, rather than following the natural rhythms of the day. Solunar and Vektor tables accurately predict peaks of animal activity as well as those slumps of the day. In contrast, humans have built a multi-billion dollar business sector of trying to combat these natural patterns in our own lives. We have coffee and energy drinks to wake us up during the sagging hours of the day, and products that help us sleep during those restless hours of the night. Watch the daily activities of small game like squirrels, birds, your pets, or livestock in the fields. What you will see is that their rhythms of activity and rest are more evenly spaced throughout the day. Now, match those observations to what you see on a chart, almanac, or your latest phone application. Wow! What you get is an entirely new appreciation of nature that becomes apparent, yet has always been right there in plain view. This isn’t something new. It dates back

to the very beginning of time. Native Americans followed these patterns much more closely to determine hunting, planting, fishing and harvesting times. They were much more “naturally” in-tune with sun and lunar phases than we are with all our charts and electronics. Another item that has recently reinforced my thoughts regarding game tables is the invention of the “game camera.” Now, with the widespread use of these cameras, hunters are not only seeing game, they are getting a time and date stamp to correspond with the activity. On my own lease we have recorded peak periods of deer activity that amazingly matches our charts. It’s hard to make yourself go out and hunt in the middle of the day when the tradition has always been a routine that is restricted to morning and afternoon hunting. Seeing game camera photo proof of a racked buck feeding in the noon-day sun offers some incentive break with tradition. I really became a believer in following the charts after taking an eight-point that was aggressively working a scrape during a crisp clear Saturday at 11:45 a.m. I had researched the “peak period” of activity for the day, and decided to continue my stalk hunting to correspond with it. For many groups this is lunchtime, not hunting time.

Gary Finch is host of television show ‘Gary Finch Outdoors.’ Visit www. garyfinchoutdoors.com

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