Big Game Hunting – High country endurance, mountain terrain strength for legs and core
Finishing up the hunting list are the other big game found in North America- mountain goats, sheep, elk, mule deer and several others. Most of these animals are located in the mountains and will mean that you’ll encounter steep terrains, limited oxygen, unpredictable mountain weather and multiple days of hiking to locate these animals. Hunting bigger game means that you’ll carry more equipment and have a bigger animal to pack out.
If you’re serious about going after these other North American Big game animals- you’ll want to make sure your body is prepared for these hunts so that you do not physically put your body in danger.
In addition to the before mentioned exercises you’ll want to incorporate:
- HIIT training- you’ll be able to raise your heart rate while taxing your muscles and then go into recovery mode multiple times in a workout. Several examples include up hill sprints, with a walk down or :20 work/:10 recovery of any cardio activity
- Rucking- Load your pack with heavy items and set out to hike on some of the roughest terrain you can find. You can incorporate body weight exercises to make it more challenging.
Whatever your fitness goals for hunting are, make sure to keep to the plan that you make for yourself. Incorporate the nutrition that your body will need to achieve the hunt you will be going on. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate- that is key to keeping your muscles and joints working properly so they do not fail you in the woods. You’ll want to start about 4-6 months before your hunt so that you’ll have an appropriate amount of time to make the gains you are looking for. Most of all have fun with it, mix up your workouts and enjoy being outside.
Afterall, if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right and being prepared for the challenges!