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#6432475 - 08/30/16 10:52 PM How do you train for hunting?
GeneC Offline
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Registered: 10/20/15
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I am very new to hunting (started only last year) and I am trying to improve my skills. I plan to focus on 3 key aspects -
1) Dry-fire training
2) Live-fire training
3) Fitness exercises

I do dry-fire training 2-3X a week (although it's closer to 2), aiming at small pictures of deer and hogs. Sessions are usually 15 minutes or less. I need to figure out how to make them less boring.

I go to the rifle range 2-3 X a month to practice with my hunting AR's. 20-40 rounds of .308 and 30-50 rounds 300BLK. Sometimes I'll shoot 30-50 rounds 223. I go to an indoor range once a week, but that's practice for pistol and short range carbine competitions.

For fitness, I currently lift weights 5X week and I run about 20-25 miles a week - a slow 10K MWF and a "fast" 5K TTH. I plan to add sled pulls and sled push to my training regimen.

I was wondering what experienced hunters like yourselves do for training. I would love to learn how I can improve my skills.

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#6432478 - 08/30/16 10:58 PM Re: How do you train for hunting? [Re: GeneC]
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That sounds like waaaaaay too much exercise just for hunting. Are you running and chasing them down with Spears?
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#6432479 - 08/30/16 10:58 PM Re: How do you train for hunting? [Re: GeneC]
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I shoot skeet about 4 times during the off season.
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#6432484 - 08/30/16 11:05 PM Re: How do you train for hunting? [Re: GeneC]
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I sit in an office chair and rotate left and right while lifting binos up to my face.
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#6432491 - 08/30/16 11:08 PM Re: How do you train for hunting? [Re: GeneC]
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There's nothing wrong with enjoying to go out and shoot guns or exercise. I recommend both! But really, you need to be active in the field and get with someone that is experienced to share with you. That's where you will get most of what you need. Nowadays, I go to the range one week before season and make sure my rifles are hitting the target where I want and that's it. I try to exercise regularly but not for hunting. Although you can see where it is beneficial. I use to pack everything for every occasion I could think of but it just proved to be a mess. What type of hunting do you plan on doing?
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#6432492 - 08/30/16 11:08 PM Re: How do you train for hunting? [Re: GeneC]
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Try and lose some weight, I work out pretty regular but I have to do both

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#6432503 - 08/30/16 11:26 PM Re: How do you train for hunting? [Re: GeneC]
Grizz Offline
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Holy crap! If that's what you do to get ready for hunting season my hat's off to you flehan
I guess it all depends on what type of hunting you do. It doesn't take much preparation to sit in a box blind, but if you do the kind of hunting I did in Alaska your regimen would be great. I should have done more of what you're doing before I went.
As it is, I focus more on bow hunting so I practice with my bow at different ranges, standing and seated.
*After typing that and thinking about your post, I'm a little ashamed*
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#6432534 - 08/31/16 04:23 AM Re: How do you train for hunting? [Re: MS1454]
GeneC Offline
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Originally Posted By: MS1454
That sounds like waaaaaay too much exercise just for hunting. Are you running and chasing them down with Spears?
My current fitness program is mostly about maintaining my strength and endurance levels. And because I love donuts.

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#6432535 - 08/31/16 04:38 AM Re: How do you train for hunting? [Re: Chunky Monkey]
GeneC Offline
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Originally Posted By: Chunky Monkey
There's nothing wrong with enjoying to go out and shoot guns or exercise. I recommend both! But really, you need to be active in the field and get with someone that is experienced to share with you. That's where you will get most of what you need. Nowadays, I go to the range one week before season and make sure my rifles are hitting the target where I want and that's it. I try to exercise regularly but not for hunting. Although you can see where it is beneficial. I use to pack everything for every occasion I could think of but it just proved to be a mess. What type of hunting do you plan on doing?

Primarily deer and hog hunting ... from a blind. Also interested in hunting coyotes. I know that my exercise regimen seems extreme, but I want to make sure I have the strength and endurance to drag a dead animal to the truck.

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#6432555 - 08/31/16 06:11 AM Re: How do you train for hunting? [Re: GeneC]
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Do anything to keep you from having a heart attack.

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#6432562 - 08/31/16 06:25 AM Re: How do you train for hunting? [Re: SapperTitan]
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Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: MS1454
That sounds like waaaaaay too much exercise just for hunting. Are you running and chasing them down with Spears?
Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
I sit in an office chair and rotate left and right while lifting binos up to my face.


roflmao

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#6432566 - 08/31/16 06:32 AM Re: How do you train for hunting? [Re: GeneC]
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Figure out where the wind is coming from at ALL times, if you want, add some "duck walks" and lunges to your workout (of which I can do neither), and you'll be able to get out of that blind and creep up on, or even run down, just about any game you want. You won't even need camo!
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#6432605 - 08/31/16 07:16 AM Re: How do you train for hunting? [Re: GeneC]
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Whew! At least nobody said they dress like Rambo and stalk people in the neighborhood park. roflmao
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#6432662 - 08/31/16 08:00 AM Re: How do you train for hunting? [Re: GeneC]
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Sounds like you do plenty of physical exercise which is great.

Shooting regularly and dry fire will also help a great deal making the most of your shot opportunities.

Don't over look the mental preparation side of things. Learn all you can about the animals you hunt. How they travel, what they eat and where they bed down. How to properly trail a wounded animal. How to hunt the wind and spot and stalk.

How to properly age animals your hunting. This preparation is just as important as the physical.
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#6432703 - 08/31/16 08:36 AM Re: How do you train for hunting? [Re: GeneC]
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Just don't "dry-fire" your bow and all is good up
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