You know how to hunt big game. You’ve already laid out your coveralls, field tested your gear, and taken your rifle to the range. You’ve watched almost 30,000 hours of YouTube videos about tracking and shooting.
But all that prep work will go to waste if you blow a lumbar disk on day one, or if your legs turn to jelly on the way to camp. To really succeed at hunting big game, especially hunting big game in remote terrain, you also need to know how to prepare for a big game hunt.
So before you clean your gun for the umpteenth time, work on one of these three physical skills:
1. The long hike in
The problem: You get to camp and are too thrashed to head up the mountain in pursuit of game. You waste your whole trip whittling toothpicks.
How it happens: On the hunt, you travel through all manner of rough, steep country. You problem-solve your way across rivers, around cliffs, and over rocks, all with a heavy pack. This taxes your body more than a trail hike, and wears you down before the hunt even begins.