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Health & Fitness

Road Munchies: Top 25 Unhealthy Travel Foods

Take a look at our rogue’s gallery of 25 of the worst foods you’ll find along the way to woods.

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Big Game Boot Camp

Sometimes the biggest trophies live on mountain peaks far from the road. Do you have the strength and endurance to reach them safely and pack out your kill?

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  • April 19, 2011

    A Bug Spray You Can Drink? CDC Promotes Grapefruit Extract "Nootkatone"

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    By Chad Love

    This must be a good year for insect repellant research. First it was a new type of pre-treated clothing. Now researchers at the Centers For Disease Control say they're working on a new all-natural insect repellant made from a citrus extract.From this story on NPR.
    "...the CDC is pushing hard to develop a completely natural insect repellent made from a chemical called nootkatone, which is found in Alaska yellow cedar trees and citrus fruit. (CDC researcher Marc Dolan) says nootkatone "is nongreasy, dries very quickly, and it has a very pleasant, citrus-y grapefruit odor to it." He recently demonstrated its effectiveness as a mosquito repellent, rubbing some on his hand and then sticking it into a cage containing 50 hungry mosquitoes. When he holds the treated hand near mosquitoes, they try to get away in the opposite direction as fast as they can. Even after five minutes, Dolan has no bites on his nootkatone-treated hand. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 11, 2010

    Is Your Body Ready for High-Altitude Hunting?

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    By David Draper

    Starting in late August, thousands of hunters from east of the Continental Divide converge on the Rocky Mountains to hunt elk and mule deer. Most of them will experience the hunting trip of a lifetime, whether they tag out or not. Some of them will spend the first couple of days feeling, generally, like crap. And, though it’s rare, a small percentage could succumb to much more serious health problems associated with the high country.

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  • October 11, 2010

    Stop Adding Fat to Your Game Meat

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    By David Draper

    While my Wyoming elk tag has so far gone unfilled, my friend Tess was luckier, tagging her first elk in a Nebraska cornfield not long ago. A heat wave prompted us to spend all day Sunday butchering and last night we put about 20 lbs. of trimmings through the grinder.

    I’ve been processing my own (and others) deer and elk for about a dozen years and view adding some type of fat to ground venison as a necessary evil. I prefer ground pork, adding anywhere from 10 to 20 percent. Due to a calculating error on my part (I was told there would be no math!), Tess’ grind ended up at about 25 percent pork, a bit more than she preferred.

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  • October 11, 2010

    The Gun Dog Fitness Plan

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    By David DiBenedetto

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    Want to get in shape? Get a dog. Want to get in better shape? Get a gun dog. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 11, 2010

    The 10 Commandments of Eating for Endurance

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    By Jim Thornton

    If you’re planning a hunting or fishing trip that’s likely to be demanding, experts recommend you start eating for success today. “If you give this approach a fair trial,” says nutritionist Suzanne Girard Eberle, “it can make an incredible difference. I’ve had people tell me the days just flew by—they never got tired.” These 10 tips will help you eat in a way that increases your endurance so you don’t “bonk” during the hunt. —Jim Thornton

    Eat like an athlete
    . In the weeks and months leading up to hunting season, embrace the performance approach proven to work for athletes. This means about 60 percent of your calories should come from carbohydrates, 25 percent from fat, and 15 percent from protein.

    Think complex carbs.
    Simple sugars are not health demons, but they lack the vitamins and nutrients found in more complex carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables, brown rice, and beans. The latter also take longer to digest, preventing rapid fluctuations of blood sugar levels and keeping you on a more even keel. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 11, 2010

    Getting Strong for Shotgunning

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    By Phil Bourjaily

    Most serious competitive shotgunners spend some time in the weight room developing the endurance strength they need to raise the gun a few hundred times in a day. Hunters need strong gun-lifting muscles, too, so we can make shots when we’re tired, late in the day, after carrying a gun for hours and walking many miles.

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