Healthy Hunting

hunting

Contributor: Peter Feldkamp, AmeriCorps Service Member at WOTFV
Deer hunting is a popular activity in the Fox Valley this time of year. Several strategies can help you to have a healthy hunting experience.
  • Hunting often demands more physical exertion than you’re accustomed to doing. Be careful to avoid over-exertion by paying attention to how you feel and listening to your body's signals.
  • You may be tempted to sit for long periods in anticipation of that trophy buck. Be sure to move around for a few minutes at least every hour.
It is also important to get adequate sleep and eat well!
  • Start your day with a good healthy breakfast.
  • Plan your snacks! When you are moving up and down hills, going through swamps and heavy forest, and enduring cold weather you are going to need calories! Pack easy-to-carry foods,include protein: Some examples include trail mix, nuts, seeds, nut-based bars or nut butter packs, dried or freeze-dried fruits, raw veggies, energy bars, or low-sodium jerky.
  • Hydration is always essential, so make sure to bring plenty of water, and avoid sugary beverages.
  • If you are camping, remember to keep your food and water in a safe place. Pack foods in tight, waterproof containers. Keep them in an insulated cooler. Separate raw foods from cooked foods.