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Getting Physical on Big Game Hunting

Contemplating the Frank Church Wilderness Physically-fit hunters have a much better chance of tagging a trophy in mountainous country than hunters who are not physically fit. That was my grand epiphany after my first week of elk and deer hunting in Idaho—having moved here from flat land. My sentiments echo those of Walt Prothero, who in his book, Mule Deer Quest, opens the section on “Getting Ready” with, “I view physical conditioning as the most important aspect of getting ready [to hunt deer in the West].” I couldn’t agree more.

I was so sore and miserable that first week I hunted Idaho that I had doubts whether I could continue hunting here in the future. Not to mention I was extremely limited in how far I could walk and how steep I could climb. I knew I had to do something to get in shape, but didn’t know how, so I joined a gym shortly after season and hired a professional trainer. We went over my objectives, which were basically to increase stamina and leg strength, lose weight, and enhance balance so I wasn’t falling down so often. By the next fall I had lost 40 pounds and was enjoying every minute in the mountains; not to mention, I could now walk farther and climb steeper.

If you’re really serious about hunting out West, and you don’t have a background in physical fitness, you might consider working with a professional trainer, at least long enough to get you going. If not, you could end up doing more harm than good by training incorrectly, especially for those over 40. For me personally, having a trainer to report to every week pushes me to improve. I’m not here to provide instructions on how to get in shape before you hunt out West, I’m saying you must get in shape to effectively hunt the West. You’ll never regret it.

Good hunting,

Joe Cavanaugh

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