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Why call it Hunter’s Moon?

Why call it Hunter’s Moon?

The Hunter’s Moon obtained its name in the Northern Hemisphere because it was the best time of the year to start hunting.

It is the time of year when animals, particularly mammals and birds, are overeating to prepare for the long winter.

This means that they are fattened and are best for humans to hunt and eat.

It is the best time of year to hunt because, in most areas, the harsh winter weather has not yet fallen, which makes hunting easier.

Animals are usually at peak growth around this time, meaning they have more meat at this time of year.

The bright full moon made hunting easier.

Ever wonder why September's full moon is known as the Harvest moon, while June's is known as the Strawberry moon? Each moon's name has something to do with that particular time in the year.

According to AccuWeather, the full moon names date back to Native American folklore and is how "tribes back then kept track of the seasons by giving a distinct name and meaning."

September's Harvest moon received its name because farmers depended on the full moon to harvest crops. October's Hunter's Moon was given its name because it was at this time when tribes gathered meat for the long winter ahead. June's Strawberry moon received its name because many strawberries were commonly harvested at that month.

A blue moon happens in the rare situation when there are two full moons in the same month, hence the phrase "once in a blue moon."

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