As the Native Americans prepared for the cold months ahead, they looked to October’s full Moon as the signal to gather meat for winter. Because of this, the October Moon came to be known as the Full Hunter’s Moon.
Similar to the Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s moon rises on successive days only about 40 minutes later than the previous day, making the periods of darkness between sunset and moonrise much shorter. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see both deer and fox that have come in search of fallen grains by the light of the Moon.
The October Moon is also historically accorded with special honor as an important day of feast among both Native American tribes and in western Europe.