Tonight is a Hunter’s Moon

Hunters Moon
Hunter's Moon (source:

Okay, maybe this isn’t all that horse related, but it came from an equine source and I find it interesting. According to one of the “foxes” at Old North Bridge Hounds, Dan LeBlanc , tonight is the full moon known as the Hunter’s Moon, or a Blood Moon. According to, the Hunter’s Moon is the full moon that appears in the sky after the Harvest Moon and gets its name from hunters who tracked and killed their prey by moonlight, preparing for the onset of winter.

All of the full moons have names, many of which were derived from the names given them by native Americans who kept track of the seasons by giving each full moon a distinctive name. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the names were consistent throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior and were later adopted by the colonists.

Here’s a list of the moon names:

  • January: Wolf Moon
  • February: Snow Moon
  • March: Worm Moon
  • April: Pink Moon
  • May: Flower Moon
  • June: Strawberry Moon
  • July: Buck Moon
  • August: Sturgeon Moon
  • September: Harvest Moon
  • October: Hunter’s Moon
  • November: Beaver Moon
  • December: Cold Moon

One thought on “Tonight is a Hunter’s Moon

  1. Thanks for the info on full moon names from those living closest to the earth affected by the moon. I only knew about the Harvest Moon. Though I am far away in Hawaii where there is no foxhunting, the Hunter’s Moon is now going to be nearest and dearest to my heart. “Hark to ’em!’

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