How to Get Fit for Extreme Hunting

by Michael Davidson
Weapons handling is only a small part of the hunting experience.

Weapons handling is only a small part of the hunting experience.

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Extreme hunting is like regular hunting except that you are hunting larger game and you may be out in the wild for longer periods of time with few amenities. You may be climbing steep slopes, hiking for hours and lifting heavy weapons. While it is always advisable to be in shape when going into the woods or mountains, it's vital if the game being hunted is dangerous and you won't be taking the comforts of home with you. Start getting in shape about three months before the trip so your heart, legs, lungs and upper body are prepared.

Items you will need

  • Vitamin supplements
  • Weights
Step 1

Get up a bit earlier than usual in the morning and stretch for at least 10 minutes. This helps improve your flexibility and gets you used to being alert and awake early in the morning, which you will need to be on a hunt.

Step 2

Go for a 20-minute jog each morning. This helps you get accustomed to moving quickly outdoors without getting easily winded, which is useful for extreme hunting. You can also do other aerobic exercises, such as bicycling or swimming.

Step 3

Take vitamin supplements to supply your body with additional nutrients. Take the supplements with you on your hunting trip, since you likely won't be eating as well as you do at home and the extra nutrition can provide energy and other benefits during the hunt.

Step 4

Increase your consumption of water, fruits and vegetables to improve your overall cardiovascular health. Take plenty of water along on the hunt. Bring fruits and vegetables with you, too; they are easy to pack and you can eat them whenever you like without any preparation.

Step 5

Reduce your fat and sugar intake. These contribute to weight gain, and cutting back on them will help you to get slimmer or stay slim. Extra weight will slow you down on a hunt and you'll get tired too easily. If you need to run from a dangerous animal, you need to be able to move very fast without getting winded.

Step 6

Eat plenty of pasta, rice, potatoes and other foods rich in carbohydrates in the days leading up to the hunt. Carbohydrates are useful in providing energy and will help you be more alert and active come hunting time. These foods are also generally low in fat and are healthy for you. Likewise, avoid eating meat at least three days before the hunt to help make your urine harder to detect by animals while you are in the woods.

Step 7

Lift weights several times a week, especially to develop your back, shoulders and arms, to make activities such as carrying a knapsack and repeatedly lifting a weapon up to fire much easier during the hunt.

Tips & Warnings

  • Work out in your hunting boots in the weeks leading up your hunting trip to break them in and prevent your feet from becoming sore during the hunt.

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