Written by Jason Borchardt   
Exercise for HuntingUntil you experience the feeling yourself, it is difficult to understand the excitement in drawing a bow on a trophy animal at 15 yards.

Scott Blevins (an avid hunter and frequent hunter at the FFR) and I were shooting our bows before his first trophy bow hunt. As in everything he does, Scott picked up bow hunting and became an excellent marksman rather quickly. However, he had not yet drawn on a trophy animal.

While we were shooting, I explained to Scott that in my practice habits, I shoot 10 to 15 arrows, then set down my bow and jog a 2.5 mile course near my house. I complete my jog at the practice range, pick up my bow and shoot one last arrow for the day.

I explained to Scott that the adrenaline-rush after jogging a few miles is similar to drawing on a trophy animal. The heart rate goes up the charts.

Scott discovered what I meant later that day when he released his first arrow at a world class axis buck. Unfortunately, he did not hit the mark. Afterwards, he told me that he could hardly breathe as he drew his bow and he now knows how it must feel to run 2.5 miles.

Next time you go to the range, be sure to incorporate some sort of exercise that will get your heart rate up to a higher level. If you still hit your mark, you are ready to hunt.