For many of us, chasing game with a bow is about as good as it gets. Archery is a challenging skill within itself, but closing the distance needed to arrow an animal in rugged terrain – let alone drawing and letting an arrow fly – adds whole other layers of difficulty and intensity to the pursuit. Like so many good things in life, what makes bow hunting hard is also what makes it beautiful and rewarding.
We designed the Backcountry Hunter Preseason Prep program to prepare hunters for things they know they will encounter on the hunt and also the inevitable, unpredictable scenarios that go along with hunting in the mountains. The program was built with hundreds of hours of testing on elite backcountry mountain hunters, resulting in a comprehensive, effective, 80-day program that will take your hunting to amazing new levels.
To give you a taste of what this program can do for you, we just released three bonus workouts built specifically for bowhunters. These are our three favorite preseason archery workouts, and they’re designed to be completed in three days so there’s no reason not to add them to your checklist ahead of opening day.
Hunting — and bowhunting in particular — demands a lot out of parts of our body we don’t typically use on a day-to-day basis. This specialized program focuses on creating strength and mobility for carrying a pack and bow across miles of rugged terrain as well as for drawing and holding your bow smoothly. If you can get through these workouts one to two times ahead of the season, you’re going to be way ahead of the curve when you head to the hills with your bow.
Day 1 creates crucial strength and mobility in your hips and legs to navigate deadfall, boulders, and side-hilling without putting unnecessary strain on your knees.
Day 2 builds endurance and strength in your back and shoulders to draw your bow smoothly and creates symmetry between your posterior and anterior chain on both sides of your body.
Day 3 prepares you to tackle steep terrain while carrying a pack for days on end with ease.