Getting Fit to Hunt

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Rucking with 20lbs in my pack

If you follow me on social, then you know I have been training with Jeremy Koerber at Fit to Hunt to ensure I am ready to hike into a choppin’ miles from a dirt road in search of a moose.  I know that I don’t need to do that. I know that there are people who are overweight that get out of the truck and shoot.  That’s not the hunt I want – although if the opportunity arises, I will shoot.  A moose is a moose and meat fills the freezer.  But, I don’t want to be physically exhausted and sore after one day of carrying a pack and hunting the North Maine Woods.

Jeremy created a program specifically for me that involves rucking (hiking with weights), cardio and free weights. Tim Kjellesvik is coaching me with the nutritional piece of it and helping me pick out the best 1st Phorm products (hello protein coffee!). I want to be ready when it’s time for that early morning wake up call.

25lbs of weights on my ankles

When in doubt, strap some weights to your ankles.

The hunt is only a few weeks away so it is crunch time.  I am frantically putting together my list of things to pack.  We will be almost in Canada so there is no ‘quick trip home’ to get something we left behind.  And I have already had a dream about what could go wrong; I want to go for my grand-slam but only have two bullets. Since there is an anno shortage (for those of us who have not stocked up) there is no way for me to do that.  When I woke up, I took inventory and found that I have three boxes of anno. Phew!

Work hard, do all that I can and then enjoy the experiences.  That is my goal for this season.  Hopefully, when I am in my treestand in November, I will be able to fill my tag and get that grand slam.  If not, at least I know it won’t be because I didn’t work hard enough for it.

 

1 Comment

  1. Great article Erin! You are an amazing woman! Go for the “GOLD” Best of Luck!

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Erin Merrill, author of And a Strong Cup of Coffee, is president of Women of the Maine Outdoors, a senior writer for Drury Outdoors, a contributor to the Northwoods Sporting Journal and passionate all things Maine, Hunting, and the Outdoors.

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