Many people ask us what do we do in the off season to prepare for the up coming hunts. Well, me personally its all about mental and physical preparedness. After I spend Feb-april planing and booking hunts, i am at work again getting my mind set and my body in tune with what is to come.
I am primarily a bow hunter so i log a lot of hours shooting. My number one training tool is” practicing for the Game” . What do i mean? Basically I research the style and tactics that I will need to use for the up coming hunt and i will incorporate them into my training. Example: if my hunting is from a treestand, my practice is from a treestand. If i am using Swhacker broads to hunt with i am using them to practice, if my game is deer im using a #D deer target to shoot. You get the point….I dont stand up right in front of a bag at 20 yards if I am going to be shooting from a kneeling or seated position at animlas that I cant get closer than 50 yards to. Practice how you will be hunting. I take it a step further when I get closer to eason I will use the same equipment, accessories, packs and other gear. Anything that i will be hunting with and practice shooting with it on. I equate a lot of my success to being ready when the time comes.
For fear of sounding like I am tooting my own horn I wasnt going to use an example but I feel it is necessary for you to understand what good practice equates too. Last year i shot 2 mule deer, 5 whitetail, 1 elk, 2 fox, 1 coyote, 1 javelina and a bear thats 13 big game animals( and yes they were all free range and on public land) and I released 14 arrows last season. Yes i do miss! But I will take those numbers every year if I could….. And you can too If you get your body and mind focused on the task by practicing the way you will hunt ( practice for the game) ….
Learn More bow hunting excercises, tips and tricks here