Let's start with an experiment. Take a big deep breath in through your nose with your mouth closed. Now, exhale slowly out your nose and open your mouth before all the air is gone. What did you feel? You probably felt the air just fall out of your abdomen and a little unsatisfied by not exhaling all the way. Why is that? Because you didn’t use all the tools God gave you to breathe effectively! The good news is there are breathing methods that will help you stay calm and centered when the buck of a lifetime walks by your stand and we are going to teach you how to use breathing to get a big deer, elk or gobbler on the ground!
When it comes to breathing your face was created in such a way that it has two sources in which to breathe out of; the first being your nose and the fail safe being your mouth. Your nose is your filter. It tends to stop bacteria and allergens (via your nose hairs etc.) from getting into your system. The other thing is does is maintain abdominal pressure, that is, if you are actually breathing into your stomach.
Another great and probably the biggest reason for breathing out (exhaling) of your mouth is for neurological purposes. Exhaling through your nose has a direct connection to your brain that signals feelings of flight or fight or what I like to call the “Oh, Sh!#!”Reflex. Many times you get this feeling (along with adrenaline) when a deer or flock of ducks get close. Learning to control your breath will help you become calmer in the field which increases the odds of both good decision making and a more accurate shot. If you are confused at this point let us demonstrate a technique to help you breathe better:
We've all had those days where long a trek to our stand or blind left us winded. We have all felt what it's like to have the excitement of a big deer creep near your stand or a flock of ducks fly low over your blind and how our hearts race with adrenaline which often produces shallow, rapid breaths. Friends, I promise that if you will follow the breathing technique in the video above you can begin to control your heart rate. And if you can control your heart rate, you will be more suited to stay calm and make an accurate kill shot. Keep this in mind next time you are out hunting and the 12 point you have hunted for the last three years steps out at 30 yards!
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