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5 Hunting Health Tips to Remember This Season

The thrill of the chase is already on in Montana for archery hunters – and big game rifle season opens soon!

If you plan on getting out this year, below are a few health reminders.

1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Drink plenty of water the day before and be sure to pack along enough water for the hunt itself – you'll likely need to pack at least double the average recommended daily intake of 64 ounces (8 cups) of water while you're out and about.

2. Pack (Good) Food

Sometimes we're so excited to get outside that we forget to pack enough (or the right) food to get us through the day. 

Then, by mid-morning, our tails are dragging and we're not able to go – or can't make it – where we want.

When packing for your hunt, be sure to pack:

For a more extensive list of nutrition tips and why it's so important for hunters, check out this great article from goHunt.

3. Know Your Physical Limits

A lot of us aren't as active as we should be throughout the year, so we're not as fit as we should be when it comes time to hike up, down, and across mountains and valleys searching for a trophy whitetail or bull elk.

That can get us into trouble when we're miles from a car, out of cell service, and an hour (or more) from a hospital.

If you have health concerns (such as heart disease, high cholesterol, or diabetes), be sure to know what you can and can't do physically, take your medications properly, and consider packing an emergency tracking device like a SPOT in case you ever need help fast.

If you're fairly healthy, but aren't as in shape as you once were, take that into consideration when planning where to go and how long to go for, so you don't over-exert yourself so much that an unexpected emergency occurs.

4. Prepare for Emergencies

For those of us who have been hunting since we were little, emergency preparation is almost a no-brainer, but it's a good reminder to go through your hunting pack before each hunt to be sure we're stocked upon staple safety and first aid items such as:

And, it goes without saying to be sure to pack your weapon, a knife, and your hunting licenses and tags.

5. Enjoy!

Fall hunting in Montana is one of the gifts we get for living here – the autumn colors, the cooler weather, the blue skies, the beauty of our mountains, valleys, plains, and rivers.

Get outside with your friends and family, take it all in, and hopefully harvest some food for your table for the coming year!

Here's to a successful season!