Author: traintohunt

Pro’s Picks: Fatigue Makes Cowards Of Us All

By Dan Staton All elk hunting is hard. Elk simply do not want to die. In fact, they reside in areas that do not get disturbed and are able to disappear from danger at a moments notice. Wherever you find elk, there will be challenges ahead – that I guarantee you. Fatigue usually comes knocking on ‘Day 3’ of the hunt, after lots of elevation gain/loss and rubber worn off your boots. Fatigue warning signs are subtle, such as choosing to sleep in, moving a lot slower or becoming less surefooted. Fatigue will rob you of your confidence and...

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Fitness: What Motivates You?

By Dan Staton, MC, CSCS Fear is a thing that we make up, it is a thing we can destroy.  If you fear failing as a hunter, you are not doing enough preparation leading up to the season.  A quote I like to live by is from Abraham Lincoln who said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”  If you have one week to hunt, you should spend months preparing.  Use the idea of failure as a catalyst for off-season preparation, this is paramount for hunting big...

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Fitness: Winter Fit

By Dan Staton MS, CSCS Fitness Editor The dark days of winter leave little time to enjoy daylight, in fact, some of us go to work in the dark and return home in the dark. This time of year slows down our adventure seeking with dwindling daylight and harsh weather. It’s super easy to go into hibernation this time of year gaining some unwanted pounds and becoming dormant. Inactivity is a quick recipe for overeating and storing fat rapidly. It may not seem like a big deal at the moment, but the older we get the easier it is...

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Fitness: Timing is Everything

By Dan Staton, MS, CSCS You know those hunts that can last up to 10 days and straight put a beating on you.  You love and hate every second of it, but the sacrifice is worth that big reward.  When you’re in the trenches you should feel like an athlete, often times pushing through muscle burn and fatigue.  This is an extremely critical point where nutrient timing can deliver big bursts of precious energy in the mountains.  Time and energy are two extremely valuable commodities in the world of hunting.  You need as much time as possible to learn...

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Fitness: Blue Collar

By Dan Staton MS, CSCS Fitness Editor www.sportsmansfitness.com No matter how you slice it, killing an 8+ year old bull elk with a bow is challenging.  This animal is sharp, and may only allow you to get a glimpse of it from a trail camera photo or through a high-power spotting scope.  So how are you supposed to put yourself into position for an ethical close range shot?  Well, you’re not going to close the deal with the aid of an ATV or mountain elevator.  You’re going to do it with sweat equity and work performed by your mountain...

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