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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…


Do you enjoy a beer or glass of wine when you get home after a long day? Do you go out with your friends a few times per week and have a few drinks each time? Seems harmless, right? Well there is a bigger story going on under the surface than just the noticable effects of alcohol on your body. Continue Reading…


Hunting Fit is all about preparation. You have seen posts on here about training, gear, nutrition, and many others forms of preparation. You have also read articles about various hunts and lessons learned.

This post isn’t about any of that.

It is about you. Continue Reading…


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Hunting is a sport and a lifestyle that takes a lifetime to master… and even then there are still plenty of lessons to be learned. Whether you are hunting deer or elk, antelope or turkey, your prey is incredibly smart and always seems to be one step ahead of you. So how is a hunter to grow and learn so that he or she can be better than last season? Here are 7 steps to becoming a better hunter: Continue Reading…


I was hiking in the backcountry the other day and I was reminded of a very important lesson: Train for the unforeseen.

You see, I was in the mountains of Northern New Mexico and it had recently snowed. There was about 3 feet of snow on the ground and hiking in those conditions involved significantly more effort than it would have had it not snowed. The elevation was already making things more difficult, but the snow made it hard… very hard. Continue Reading…

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For most of us, state hunting regs just came out and it is that time again—time to start planning hunts for 2016! As exciting as it is, it can also be overwhelming when you look at all of the various elements of choosing where to hunt. Dozens of units, multiple hunts per unit, and with each option comes different draw odds, success percentages, and a myriad of other metrics to keep track of. If you give careful thought to your hunts each year, choosing where to hunt can be a daunting task. Continue Reading…


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Volume is not just for your stereo or your hair. Volume is an absolutely essential metric for improving your performance in the backcountry. Although strength training, fat loss, and muscle-building are good goals for anyone, increased volume should have its rightful place in your workout plans.

Consider when you are hiking with a pack, bow/gun, and layers of clothing. You are taking step after step after step in rough terrain, often on a steep incline, and you are not resting every 5 or 8 reps (steps) – you might be resting every 25, 50, or even 100 steps. You are doing some serious volume when you are hunting because you are carrying all that weight for a very, very long time. Doing sets of 5, 6, 8, or even 12 reps at the gym is not going to properly train your muscles for this kind of work.

You need volume training in your workouts. Continue Reading…

This is a guest post from Shawn Stafford. Shawn has written for The Journal of Texas Trophy Hunter, North American Whitetail, and Western Elk Hunter. He is a follower of and is passionate about combining fitness and hunting in order to increase success in the field.

Many do not fully understand the rigors of successful hunting. There are times one will get lucky and have his prey drop near a road with a couple of buddies to help load it. I personally would not look a gift horse in the mouth and welcome the luck. However, I have hunted long enough and in various locations to know that this is very seldom true for the adventurous hunter. In most instances a significant amount of effort is required to not only get to your hunting location but also to get your quarry out. Continue Reading…


With various hunting seasons fast approaching, you may be realizing that you have some last minute fitness improvements to make before opening day. But what should you do to prepare? What is the best way to use the last few weeks in order to make the most of your training efforts? Well, not to worry. For the next few weeks, I will be posting a workout every day that you can complete in 20-30 minutes, whether you have access to a gym or not. Will it completely change your body forever? No… Will it give you a six-pack? Maybe, maybe not. Will it get you in better shape so that you can hunt harder, longer, and have a better chance of filling your tag? Absolutely. These workouts will increase your cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and will burn fat to shed some unnecessary weight. If you can commit 20-30 minutes per day to your fitness over the next few weeks, you will be in a much better position to tackle the wilderness. The first workout will post on Wednesday morning (8/12) so use Tuesday as a rest day to prepare.

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Photo Credit: Greg Wilson

Photo Credit: Greg Wilson

You should be doing cardio and interval training if you hope to catch up with this guy in the fall.

If you need some direction on how to do it, check out a few of these articles:
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