Thursday, 20 March 2003

Start Now to Make Your Hunt Successful in the Upcoming Hunting Season

There are a lot of factors when hunting that are out of your control: weather, unpredictable game, etc. But there are some elements of the hunt that you can control. Deer season is coming up faster than you think, and now is the time to ensure that you have every factor you can influence under control and ready for opening day. There is the obvious solution of getting the right gear and equipment (hey, check out our Poseidon!), but there is more you can do right now to ensure a successful hunt in the fall. While you may not be able to control the terrain or the game, you can prepare your body to be fit enough to conquer both. We're not telling you to make the gym your second home and become a bodybuilder, but if you expect to chase your quarry several miles after sitting on the couch watching Duck Dynasty all winter, think again. The game that you will be tracking is fast and fit. If you plan on getting the better of your target, you need to be up to their level.

The first things you will want to work on are your heart and lungs. Aerobic exercises are a great way to prepare your lungs to be in the thinner air of the mountains and to ready them for several miles of chasing or stalking. You do not want to start chasing your wounded or spooked prey and tire after 10 minutes. Aerobic exercise can be as simple as walking around the neighborhood or taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work. You know better than anyone else if you are in shape- be brutally honest with yourself and make the necessary adjustments in your life to get that heart rate up more often. Your hunt will be much better for it.

The second thing is your core muscles. These muscles will be crucial for picking up and hauling around your hunting kill without injuring your back. They also need to be up to par in order to maintain good balance on tricky terrain or in your treestand. Core exercises such as planks or leg raises are simple and quick routines you can do in the morning before work that will ensure a strong core to help you in your hunt.

In order to further prevent hunting injuries, you will want to stay limber. You don't have to dress in yoga pants and find your zen, but keeping those ligaments and muscles stretched will prevent joint pain and other setbacks while you're trying to enjoy yourself in the wild. These can be exercises as simple as touching your toes- again, quick and easy things that will make a difference in your fitness.

These tips are simple and may seem unnecessary, but give them a try! You may be surprised how much being fit will make a difference in your hunt.

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