How To Prepare For Deer Hunting Season

Monday, March 11, 2013 Okanogan, WA 98840, USA


I’m as guilty as anyone else about relaxing through the winter and spending more time than necessary watching deer hunting shows. Now that spring is almost here, hunters need to prepare for the fall deer hunting season in the Okanogan Highlands. As you may know, our terrain can be quite challenging. We have some steep hills with ups and downs of the landscape. Additionally, we have some 4,000 feet or more to adjust to. Training is required since your body will need more oxygen than it usually consumes. Oxygen consumption at 4,000 feet or more is challenging because oxygen pressure is reduced at higher altitudes. Your body can easily attain maximum capacity if you factor in carrying a heavy back pack or bringing your game back to camp!

Always check with your doctor before starting a physical regimen. If you have been sedentary all winter long or in poor physical shape, start with easy walks around your block a few times a week. Gradually increase pace and add some strength or core training. Aim to get leaner and stronger with regular exercise and better eating habits.

Stretching is key before starting any form of exercise. A limber body helps you from getting injured. The Mayo Clinic offers a short article on their website regarding the benefits of stretching.

Exercise now to be better prepared for deer hunting season. Image courtesy of imagerymajestic / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Preparing for deer hunting season does not require high gym membership fees. You can do simple exercises at home. Squats, lunges, push-ups and crunches will help build a lean hunter’s body. Add cardio from fast walking or running and you’ll be ready way before October.

NOTE: Okanogan Highlands Outfitters will accommodate people with various physical abilities. We encourage cancer survivors and seniors to join us on guided hunts. We offer special rates for this segment of the hunting population.
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