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Guest post by Shawn Stafford

Unfortunately I am not made of money otherwise I would probably be off hunting somewhere rather than taking this time to write an article. Regardless, I do still manage quite a bit of hunting and maintain a good level of physical fitness over the course of the year. For those who are hesitant or have managed to keep putting off raising the bar for your fitness level there are quite a few options to kick start a new healthy habit with very minimal financial investment. Or if you are like me and find it more convenient (and thereby more likely to happen) to work out at home or supplement your gym workouts there is hope if you are on a budget. Continue Reading…

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Hunting seasons are in the rearview mirror and you might have realized this past season that you needed to be in better shape. More seasons are on the horizon and fast approaching and you realize you need to get in shape sooner rather than later.

Many will be hunting tukey this April and some will also be hunting bears. Come August, all big game hunts will begin kicking off and continuing all throughout the fall.

Now is the time to begin preparing for the seasons that are coming up on your horizon. Part of that preparation must include improving your level of physical fitness. Continue Reading…

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Still think that fitness isn’t a big deal for hunters? This article is meant to settle that issue once and for all. There are plenty of reasons why fitness should be a part of your hunting lifestyle! Whether you hunt in the mountains or only walk 100 yards to a tree stand, fitness is essential to your success as a hunter for more reasons than just improved physical conditioning. Here are 7 reasons why fitness and hunting must go hand-in-hand: Continue Reading…

  

Waterfowl Workout

November 4, 2015 — Leave a comment

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Fitness for waterfowl hunting? Really? Yes, even those who hunt from a blind or a boat need to remember that fitness has a place in all forms of hunting. No matter where you hunt ducks or geese, training for waterfowl hunting can improve you ability to bag a few extras and reduce the risk of injury. Continue Reading…

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The newest addition to the Hunting and Fitness Q&A series is CamoCandace.

Tell everyone a little about yourself, your experience, and your passions.

I am a woman, wife, & warrior with a passion for the outdoors that has led me on many adventures. My name is Candace, I am 31 years old and I live for the journey and experience of the hunt; the sunrises, sunsets, and every moment Mother Nature squeezes in between. Hunting and fishing are not just hobbies, it is our lifestyle; we feed our family with these passions and knowing the hard work and excitement that was poured into that dinner on the table is priceless. I am primarily a bowhunter and love the challenge it creates. I love the conservation and management of the herd, managing the land for future generations, and educating others on why hunting is necessary.

My experience in the hunting ‘industry’ is minimal. After a few bad experiences and lessons learned, I have been blessed to find great organizations to be a part of and write for like the Sportsmen’s Alliance & Huntress Life. I also spend time connecting personally with others through social media and sharing my experiences and advice with others. The relationships built there have been overwhelmingly rewarding and for that I am grateful. Continue Reading…

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The second installment of the Hunting and Fitness Q&A is with Lindsay Persico. If you don’t know who Lindsay is, here is a quick bio:

Lindsay lives in Montana where she pursues her love of hunting and all aspects of outdoor life. Canning, processing game, hiking, shooting, photography, videography and camping are just some of the interests she finds herself enjoying. She has been blessed to be able to take many animals in both Idaho and Montana including white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, bear, cougar, antelope, coyote, turkey and multiple species of small game. She started her blog (huntfiber.wordpress.com) because she wanted to share her love and experiences with others and show the world that a regular girl can be an avid and successful hunter on public land. Her stories have been shared on “Camo is the New Black”, “Rack’D Up Outdoors”, “Citizen Sportsman”, “Backcountry Hunters and Anglers” and The Montana Wilderness Association page as well as a podcast episode airing soon from Whitetail Rendezvous. She is a content writer for Earned- the DIY Journal, Pro Staff for Rack’D Up Outdoors, and an affiliate for Dachstein Boots. Her love of hunting began as a little girl as she watched her dad head out on hunting trips and later packed her own gear along and headed out with him. He taught her so much and really helped her develop her love for wildlife and the outdoors. Years later, she is now blessed to have a husband and kids who share her passion and pursue it with her. Continue Reading…

Photo Credit: Jimmy Herman

Photo Credit: Jimmy Herman

I recently connected with Jimmy Herman through a mutual friend and asked him if he would be willing to share his thoughts and insights into hunting and fitness. Jimmy and I share a passion for hunting and fitness and we both feel strongly that training and proper preparation are crucial for a successful hunt.

Who is Jimmy Herman? Jimmy is a touring musician with Carrie Underwood. He has appeared on stage with a plethora of other artist including Dierks Bentley, Steven Tyler, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Gretchen Wilson, and many others. Jimmy is also an avid outdoorsman and is involved in hunting and conservation not only in the US, but worldwide.  Not only is he an avid whitetail hunter, Jimmy has also hunted a large number of North American big game such as elk, mule deer, antelope, moose, and black bear.  When Jimmy is not onstage he is in the gym training for rigorous mountain hunts, shooting his bow, and writing articles for hunting, music, and fitness publications across the globe. He is a great guy and I am very thankful for his willingness to share his thoughts with me and all of you. Continue Reading…

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The workout will start with bodyweight-only exercises to get your heart rate up and your joints used to the movements. If you are already in shape, try doing all of the exercises as a circuit with no rest. If you have not worked out in a while, give yourself 30-45 seconds between each exercise to recover. This workout is not about speed… it is about using proper form, staying safe, and getting the ball rolling. All the way through the workout is one set. Do 2-3 sets.
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Photo Credit: Steve Barker

Photo Credit: Steve Barker

Below is an excerpt from an article I wrote for goHUNT.com:

Now is the time to start planning every meticulous detail of your elk hunting season, whether it is over-the-counter or draw tags. During your planning and excitement, make sure to not overlook one crucial detail: your fitness.

Hunting elk is different from hunting any other animal. Elk are typically found in areas that are difficult to get to and, to make matters worse, they do not like to stay put. Elk are a nomadic species, covering large amounts of ground in relatively short amounts of time. This means that as a hunter you have to be able to cover quite a bit of ground in steep country — all while carrying a pack, bow or firearm, water and the rest of your supplies! If this were not challenging enough, there is what I like to call “the inevitable sprint” that occurs on nearly every elk hunt: that small window of opportunity in which you have to cover a lot of ground very quickly in order to get a shot. Oh, and by the way, all of this takes place at high altitude where there is less oxygen. If you want to hunt elk and have a decent chance at success, you must be in “Elk Shape.”

For the rest of the article, please click here to go to the goHUNT website