Deer Hunts- Cardiovascular, Core and Leg Strength
Deer hunting, especially whitetail, is the most popular of species hunted in the US and is what drives the hunting industry. Since the animal is quite a bit larger than the small game we hunted previously, you’ll need to up your game by adding in resistance workouts to your routine. This will help carry the larger packs, accommodate for the farther distances to hunt these animals and to help pack out the bigger animals. Preparing and hunting for your deer hunt will certainly add more exertion than the small game hunts and you’ll want to be prepared.
Some options to increase your endurance and strength for Whitetail hunting are:
Rucking – putting on a pack or weighted vest and walking/hiking with increased loads will help condition your body for hunting season.
Bodyweight exercises and free weights – If you are just beginning- it is better to start with doing bodyweight exercises to start building stamina and strength – pushups, squats, planks and sit-ups can help you start developing your core and strength.
Once you build your base for exercising, you should add in some free weights to strengthen arms, legs and core to increase the strength and endurance of those muscles.
If you are an archer, you need to incorporate an archery-centric routine into your schedule. You’ll need to train and develop the muscles used to draw a bow. Creating strength and muscle memory in the upper body muscles will help you quick draw and hold steady when you are ready to shoot an animal. The muscles in archery that you’ll need to focus on are chest, back, shoulders, biceps and triceps.
The most common exercises to build these muscles are:
Dumbbell Lateral Raises
Bent over lateral raise
A variety of push-ups
Overhead Triceps Extension