Off-Season Prep: Getting In Shape for Booners

by | Jan 1, 2023 | Educational Blog

by Bobby Godfrey

Are you in deer hunting shape?  I know that might sound silly to some, but the truth is the better physical shape you are in, the more enjoyable deer hunting can be. Not to mention, being in shape could ultimately pay huge dividends on a hunt.  I’m not saying you need to be in peak physical shape like Mike Tyson getting ready to defend his title, but putting a little focus on your fitness before and during the season can be a very beneficial tool.  As a mobile hunter, some benefits include being able to climb up the tree easier, stay in the tree longer without getting fatigued, travel deeper into public land, and it will certainly help when if comes time to drag out that BOONER you are going to harvest.

With that in mind, here are 4 very basic things that we as hunters can do to get us into hunting shape.  




1). HIKING – this is a very basic yet effective way to not only get your blood flowing, but also a great way to do some pre-season and in season scouting. Being out doors and hiking through terrain that you will be hunting is a great way to get your body accustomed for the upcoming hunting season.  





2).  PUSHUPS – Pushups are probably one of my most favorite exercises to do for total upper body stimulation, but also engage the core and lower body. Not only will they help to get your chest chiseled like Arnold, but they are great for your arms, shoulders and back which will make drawing your bow much easier when the pressure is on. Nothing worse than not being able to draw your bow when the buck you’ve been chasing finally makes the mistake.

3).  WALKING LUNGES – I have a love hate relationship with this exercise! These bad boys here will have your legs on fire in a matter of minutes and are a great way to build lower body strength. These can be extremely beneficial for saddle hunters who spend a lot of time in a tree. Your legs will not tire as quickly which will allow you to be in the tree for longer periods of time and allow you to be still and quiet which will ultimately increase your odds of filling your tags.

4). PLANKS – Planks are used to mainly to focus on strengthening your core. However, they are also beneficial in strengthening other muscle groups at the same time. While in the plank position, your upper and lower body will be engaged as well as your core making this a great total body exercise as well.  

Hopefully these few exercises will be beneficial and helpful as you are gearing up to spend all of your free time in the woods chasing critters. Below are a few links to the exercises in the event you are unfamiliar with how to properly execute each one. Happy hunting everyone!