Jeremy Koerber, personal trainer and co-founder of Fit To Hunt
It is nothing short of amazing to see the depths whitetail hunters will go through to improve not only the health of their deer herd but to give their bucks every opportunity to grow BIG, tall tines. The formula to grow big deer isn’t complicated and the secret sauce lies in these three key areas:
You can’t do very much about #1 but depending on where you hunt, you do have the ability to influence steps 2 and 3 by letting little deer walk and providing the right mix of nutrients to your herd at the time of the year they need it most. For example, we see a lot of folks work hard in the summer to put in Fall food plots but what about that time of year when rut-weary bucks have dropped their antlers? This is the time to give your bucks the nutrition they need to maximize their genetic potential. If you wait until
August to put in a plot or provide mineral, you have missed your window of opportunity. In order to get BIG bucks on your property you have to give your deer the nutrition they need when they need it.
The same can be said for maximizing your genetic potential. If you are reading this article there is a great chance that:
A. You hunt whitetail deer (or are a hunter in general)
B. You workout to physically prepare yourself for the hunt (we knew there was something about you we liked)
If you are preparing for a Fall hunt this next bit of info is crucial to building muscle, maximizing fat loss and recovery. You have to re-fuel post workout and you have a finite amount of time to put nutrition back into your body to maximize your genetic potential. Not sure what this means? Check out the latest edition of Fit To Hunt TV:
There are a lot of nutritional strategies you can employ to maximize your results but the #1 way to ensure you are getting the most out of your time in the gym is to get the right mix of nutrients 30-60 minutes post workout. Failure to do so is exactly like putting in Fall food plots after your deer herd’s antlers are already developed; it’s ineffective and a missed opportunity. In fact, as personal trainers who help hunters prepare for a variety of different hunts, not refueling post workout is one of the biggest mistakes we see being made that hinders both fat loss, muscle growth and overall performance.
You cannot out train a poor diet and having the tools to put nutrition back in your body as you are walking out the gym ensures you have the right mix of protein and carbohydrates to get the job done. Our go-to is Wilderness Athlete Meal Replacement & Recovery Shake. It works for us and for our clients! To order yours visit www.wildernessathlete.com and use discount code: fittohunt at checkout! Fill a shaker bottle with a serving of Meal Replacement & Recovery, take it to the gym and you will have absolutely zero excuses for not re-fueling within 30 minutes post-workout.
If you are going to spend time giving your deer the nutrients they need to get big and strong you need to do the same thing to maximize your results in the gym! Train hard, fuel up and stay Fit To Hunt!
Contributions made by Fit2Hunt Staff!