Fitness has become very trendy with regards to the hunting community and with the help of Social Media (communication technology). With that said, I don’t think fitness is a fad, but I believe it’s getting way too over emphasized, while hunting skills like tracking are getting devalued by the younger demographic.
Let me make this point very clear, I know fitness has it’s place in the hunting world, but personally, I won’t be winning any Train to Hunt Competitions (which I actually like). I was blessed with long legs and I do try to get into the gym on a semi regular basis because I believe it’s important. I just want to make sure hunters realize when you are a PRO basketball player you have certain skill sets which allow you to get to that level. You must have the right genetics, be a great shooter, passer, dribbler, rebounder, basketball IQ, etc… Being more physically fit will help make any athlete get better, but you still need skills in that sport or craft to get to a HIGH level.
As hunters we always play to our strengths, by that I mean, if you are a good elk caller you probably put a lot of emphasis on elk calling. If you are great at glassing, you probably spend large amounts of time glassing. If fitness is what you value most you will probably put emphasis on backpack hunting. Again, we all play to our strengths.
Personally, I like the idea of being a Hybrid type hunter, because I hunt and guide a lot of different animals and country. I know most of the hunting I do can be very physical, but that is just 1 small function of the hunt. Shooting, Scouting, Tracking, Field Judging, Animal Knowledge, Glassing, Calling, Mental Toughness and other skills are just as, if not more important to have in order to consistently be successful.
Again, I am not a fitness hater, in fact I actually believe my physical ability has played a huge part in my success as a hunter and guide, but without a good foundation of hunting skills I would just be a sexy 😉 big guy hiking around in KUIU Hunting Gear.
- Everyone has different skills and levels they can reach within those skill sets.
- Being more physically fit will help you get better, but it doesn’t mean you will be better than the guy next to you.
- Necessary hunting skills and tactics typically change based on geographical locations.
- Being more healthy and physically fit does help improve and extend your hunting career.