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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…

Matt Staser with his son, Aiden

Matt Staser with his son, Aiden

Matt is the founder of AverageHunter.com and AverageOutdoorsman.com, sites that are geared toward men and women of all types who share a love for the outdoors. Matt has hunted, fished and done everything outdoors his whole life.  He grew up spending his summers in the woods from sun up to sun down with his friends from down the road.  He learned a lot from those days as well as from his Dad who took him hunting from a young age.  He now desires the same for his children and raises them as outdoorsmen.  He believes knowledge and understanding are the key to everything. 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…

Nutrition for Hunters

September 1, 2015 — Leave a comment
Photo Credit: Brady Miller

Photo Credit: Brady Miller

The following is an excerpt from an article I wrote for goHUNT.com. Click on the link below to read the full article.

Dieting and nutrition fads are all the rage right now. Whether it is gluten-free, paleo, or any other of the multitude of dieting trends right now, many seem to understand the direct correlation between diet and health. While some people need a special diet because of health issues or specific intolerances, everyone needs to be mindful of what they are eating. How should hunters approach nutrition? Is there a certain diet that is best for those who hunt in the backcountry? No, not necessarily. There is not a single diet that will meet everyone’s needs; however, there are some general principles that will allow hunters to reach their full potential. Additionally, there are some specifics when it comes to nutrition for training. When hiking the terrain of the backcountry, understanding what these are will really help you as a hunter reach your full potential and recover quickly.

To read the full article, click here.

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You legs had a bit of a rest yesterday, so today is their day. Warm-up with a 1 mile run (or 10 minutes on a stationary cardio machine) and then do the following exercises (with weights if possible). In this workout, you will be doing supersets, moving from one exercises to the next with no rest in between; you rest when the superset is done. A superset will only consist of two exercise in this workout and you will do three sets of each superset. Rest 90 seconds between all sets. Continue Reading…

Photo Credit: Blacktailcountry.com

Photo Credit: Blacktailcountry.com

Someone once said to me, “Camo is a lifestyle choice. People have been killing animals without camo for centuries.” While there is some truth to that statement (people have indeed hunted and killed animals without camo), there is more to camo than just whatever tickles your fancy. Camouflage is all about breaking up the human silhouette so that the human body is not as readily identifiable as it would be if said person were wearing a white t-shirt and jeans. However, what goes into breaking up the human silhouette? Does a splotchy pattern of mixed colors equal no silhouette? Hardly. There is a science to camouflage that if neglected, will result in reduced success in the field.
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Ladies, if you read the article on merino vs synthetic base layers and you are wanting to get some quality merino base layers that are made specifically for women, Prois Hunting has you covered. Merino has so many benefits that if you are not hunting in an environment in which you need synthetic, you really can’t go wrong with merino. Prois offers two options for merino base layers: Continue Reading…

We all wear clothes. We all use stuff. But what is it that makes gear unique? And why is it important to have gear and not just stuff?

Gear is anything that aids you in your pursuit of a goal. Gear helps you accomplish the purpose for which you set out in the first place. Stuff is exactly that: just stuff. I can get a rope from the hardware store, but if I want to rock climb, I should get the right gear (climbing rope) because it will help me to accomplish my goal since it is made for exactly what I am trying to do. Sure, other rope might be cheaper, but it won’t be as effective.

The same goes for hunting and fitness gear. I could buy any camo for the cheapest price from just about any store; but will it work the way I want? Will it fit well? Will it help me accomplish my goals? Probably not. When it comes to your gear, you need to find what will be most effective, even if it costs a little more. It is worth it.

If you have done much shooting, you know that the fit and quality of a gun or bow can mean the difference between hitting your target or missing. You don’t necessarily need a $5,000 custom rifle or a $1,200 bow, but if you find a gun or bow that fits you well, feels good, and is built with quality in mind, that is your huckleberry, regardless of cost.

This is true for your hunting clothing as well. Quality base-layers and quality outerwear that fits well and meets your needs should be your focus, not cost. There is no sense in spending $200 when $50 will do the job just as well; just don’t compromise quality and function for the sake of saving a few bucks.

Hunting gear is exactly that: gear! It is intended to help you accomplish your goal; if it doesn’t do that, get something else. Fit, finish, function, and quality are all factors to consider.

The same goes in the off-season. The clothes you wear to the gym should be seen as gear as well. Sure, you could workout in a cotton t-shirt and cheap shorts, but sometimes that becomes a hinderance (like when that cotton shirt absorbs every drop of sweat and starts to feel like an anvil hanging off your shoulders…). The clothing you wear to run, lift, and work-out in general should serve the purpose of helping you achieve your goals. You should invest in quality fitness gear that helps regulate body temperature, wicks moisture away from your body, and is light and breathable. It will help you work harder and longer while keeping you more comfortable (as comfortable as one could be while working out).

Stop looking at your hunting gear and clothing as just stuff. Don’t treat your gym-wear as just clothing. It is gear that is meant to help you succeed. If it is not serving that purpose, you need to upgrade your stuff to gear.

What gear do you use to help you succeed in the gym and the field? Comment below.

hunting shape

If you have ever assumed that because you were “in shape” you’d be fine on your upcoming hunt, you likely learned very quickly that hunting shape and “in shape” are two very different things.

Someone who runs for 20 minutes per day, 3 days per week, could be considered in shape. Someone who lifts 3-4 times per week could be considered in shape. Someone who can walk to the mailbox and back without getting winded might think they are in shape. “In shape” is a highly subjective term; so long as you can find someone else who is in worse shape than you, you could justify yourself as being in shape.
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