I stepped outside this morning and for the first time I smelled it in the air. Fall is here and with the changing of the leaves and crisp mornings it also means one other thing is close. The Rut!
Every whitetail deer hunting publication known to man will be pumping out articles on the all-day sit and if you want to kill a giant this year you have to be in the woods. But don’t kid yourself; all day sits without the proper fuel and hydration to keep you focused and alert is next to impossible. This month, we thought it would be fun for you to see what is in the packs of the #FitToHunt team when we head into the woods in search of Muy Grande.
Coach Annie Morozko: We like to keep it simple when it comes to packing food. Most times we don’t need much because we will eat before going out, or take a break for lunch. Lately we have been dependent upon Clif bars. They're a great source of carbos and protein, and quick and easy!
My bar of choice is the Clif Builder’s Protein Mint Chocolate Chip bar.
My husband Jake usually grabs a Clif White Chocolate Macadamia bar. We always go out with water, and bring our single packs of Wilderness Athletes Energy & Focus. Hydration is important no matter what activity you are doing, and having a little extra energy through these packets makes all the difference in the field.
Coach Nick Lape: First and foremost, WATER.
I don't leave for a hunt without it. I have been in hunting situations where I ended up on the wrong side of hydration. Quenching thirst, washing out a deer, rinsing off a minor cut (we know they happen) or pouring some on my neck/wrists to stay cool are all great reasons to carry water.
As far as snacks, I'm a scent elimination freak. I usually do not carry too many with me. If I do they are usually in liquid form. An example might be a Wilderness Athlete meal replacement shake in a second water bottle. If I do bring a snack it's usually something with little smell that I can finish quickly. My go to is usually a nut bar of some kind that I've already opened (opening one in the woods sounds like bullhorn static to me).
My favorites are made by KIND Bar.
Lastly, if I'm in for the long hall, I'll pack a small bag of some sort of protein. Again something I can eat and get rid of quickly. Usually it ends up being whatever deli meat I have in the fridge at the time.
Coach Jeremy Koerber: I carry a lot of food into the field. Probably more than I need because I always leave with items in my pack but I like that approach. I’d rather have it and not need it then need it and not have it. I always have a bottle of water and a stick or two of Wilderness Athlete Berry Blast Hydrate & Recover packets. The rest of my pack usually consists of a serving of almonds, two protein bars, an apple and like Coach Lape, I like Kind Bars as well. I also pack a Mini-Snickers bar. All things fit in moderation and sometimes you want to celebrate your hunt with a Snickers bar.
In the truck I will keep extra water, more protein in the form of a shake or portable items like beef jerky. I’ve also made sandwiches and wraps with ham, chicken or turkey because when I’m hunting the last thing I want to do is break to head into town for lunch.
If you are like us, you like to hunt, and hunt hard.
A day in the field without fuel is like driving your car hoping that
the needle on "E" means just enough to make it through your hunt.
When this happens, your energy drops and you lose focus.
The universe dictates this is when the big one will step out and when he does,
will you be ready and able to make the shot?
Use the tips of above to remain fueled, hydrated and #FitToHunt!
Contributions made by Fit2Hunt Staff!