What many non-hunters – and hunters for that matter – may not know is that hunting is a calorie intense sport. One has to walk for miles, set up his/her stand, push through brush, wade through water, etc. All of which can begin to take its toll if you are not properly nourished. So, how do we hunters maintain our energy levels for sustained hunting trips? We eat just like the prey we are pursuing. This list is written to give you useful information about the best foods to take hunting and it will explain the reasons why.
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches: A prime concern for hunting trying to nourish themselves and keep hunger at bay is that their prey might hear them munching. In comes reliable ole PB&J to the rescue. Peanut button and jelly sandwiches are easy to carry, filling and make no noise when being eaten.
- Jerky: Jerky gives you a constant supply of protein and fat for the hunt. And like peanut butter and jelly, one can eat jerky and produce little or no noise when doing so. Also, jerky is portable, long lasting and is available in many varieties and flavors at just about every grocery store or hunting supply store.
- Trail Mix: Trail mix is an excellent source of nutritious food calories. Plus, the nuts in them contain omega 3 fatty acids. Finally, trail mix contains 160 calories per ounce on average to make up for some of those calories you will lose walking, climbing, dressing and hauling or carrying your prey.
- Water and sports drinks: Lack of proper hydration can be a big problem for hunters. Therefore, be sure to bring plenty of water – in a canteen preferably – and perhaps juice or Gatorade.
- Granola: Granola bars are also easy to carry, available at most stores and contain about 100 calories per ounce. They do contain a bit of sugar but you will need this for energy.
- Bananas: Some hunters like to bring fresh fruit along with them but few of them are as silent and relatively scentless as bananas. Moreover, bananas are abundant in potassium and electrolytes your body can deplete itself of while sweating.
According to the site Archery Topic, deer and elk hunters burn an average of around 6,000 and 9,000 calories on an active day. Argentina duck hunting can also be quite intense. (After all, the birds are not going to give up without a fight.) Just remember the tips and to have a substantial breakfast before your Argentina bird hunting or big game trip begins and you should be able to keep up with your prey.