Elk season is just a few months away. If you’ve ever elk hunted before, you know how demanding it can be on your body. Your physical abilities can either make or break or hunt. It doesn’t matter how good a shot you are if you’re unable to get to where the elk are.

Cabela’s Cameron Hanes has some great advice on getting yourself physically prepared for elk season.

Throughout the spring and summer, I will do something physical everyday. This could include any of the following: mountain biking, lifting, running, hiking with a weighted pack, abs and stationary biking. The bottom line is to do something everyday. Everyone complains of not having enough time in the day, as do I with a wife, two boys and a full time job piled onto the time commitment bowhunting requires. But, not too many guys could convince me they don’t have a half an hour to an hour to exercise, at some point during the day. I routinely sacrifice sleep to exercise, getting up at 3:30 a.m. to go on a 20-mile mountain bike excursion before work at 7:00 a.m… [continued]

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