For early December, I am feeling pretty good.

In recent years, your friendly neighborhood coach has hunted a little too hard, consumed way too much gas station food, and has not had nearly the strength and conditioning I have right now. I also surpassed my goal number of workouts for 2023 (208) in early November. Heading into the holidays, I feel strong and am already looking forward to the new year. Oftentimes, we wait until January to start thinking about our fitness. This month, I am going to point out a few things we should be focusing on to ensure we are ready and #FitToHunt in 2024.

Turkey season will be here fast

It never ceases to amaze me how fast this sneaks up on me. Missouri season typically begins on the third Monday of the month. Now that we have been hunting Rio’s in Texas, our season begins in March. For those of you chasing Osceola’s, you better break out those calls soon. Want to know when your season starts? Check out Turkeyseason.com. Not only do they have a ton of cool resources but their The Map section will allow you to see season dates across the country along with the cost of both in and out-of-state tags.

Paul Campbell of Turkeyseason.com with a big Ohio gobbler

Head west young man

Or old man or young lady…we don’t care who you are but if you are planning on chasing elk or mule deer, the process begins in January. Backcountry hunts are some of the most physically demanding challenges out there. It will require resilience along with mental and physical toughness. We like to know the date our clients will step foot on the mountain and back into their training. If you get ahead of the curve now, you will 100% be ready in September.

Habitat Management

I literally sat in a deer stand this season and mapped out projects. Our first will be a controlled burn in late February or early March. This will not only require proper planning but also physical labor such as weed eating, running a backpack blower, and clearing debris to create fire breaks. Once the burn is completed, we move to tree plantings, food plots then invasive species management. The hunting is the easy part. The work to prepare the dirt to chase turkeys and whitetails is very labor intensive. That means you better be in shape.

The How-To

We have a myriad of options available to help you prepare for your 2024 adventures. From our ever-growing line-up on DIY Hunt Specific Workouts to our Remote Coaching Program, we have a service for every budget. And, you can follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube to get a ton of FREE content that will help you get and Stay #FitToHunt!

From the entire team at Fit To Hunt, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year! Thanks for being part of our community.