It’s almost Turkey Season and Tracy Breen over at Turkey Country Magazine adds to this blog with other tips to break from the winter doldrums many of us suffer.  

Many of us who used to be lean and mean suddenly find ourselves overweight. The more overweight we become the more lethargic we are, which makes hunting more difficult. A study revealed the average hunter does not travel more than a third of a mile from his truck when hunting, which is often because many hunters are overweight.

“I tell people the only way they will be able to lose weight is to find an exercise they enjoy doing,” said Mark Paulsen, founder of Wilderness Athlete, a company that makes nutritional products for outdoorsmen. “After they discover that exercise, they need to do it 30 minutes a day, three times a week. It is all about getting the heart rate up and burning calories, and there are many different ways to do that. I enjoy hiking. Some may enjoy swimming or riding a bike.” Dragging a deer out of the woods or carrying a turkey over your shoulder for an extended period can take the average hunter’s breath away. If you are out of shape, it can be dangerous. Hunters have heart attacks in the woods every year. 

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.