The Holder Obstacle Course | Training and Hunting Workouts

Training and Hunting Workouts

You will only reach the limit of success for what you trained for. You can’t expect to gain the benefits of hunting without first preparing and training for that hunt. Training for hunting, or performing hunting workouts doesn’t necessarily require going to the gym, in fact, we at the holder family have set up our own obstacle course in our own backyard. Not only that, we filmed it! We also want you to tell us how you perform your hunting workouts!

Holder Obstacle Course | Training and hunting Workouts
(Video) – This obstacle course can easily be done anywhere and not only allows us to train and perform hunting workouts but allows us to practice real shooting scenarios. By elevating our heart rate while working out, taking the time to shoot a bow will allow us to experience the fast heart rate caused by a bugling bull elk! While the actual feeling and heart rate caused by adrenaline might be different, these hunting workouts are allowing us to get as close to the real thing as we can.


Hunting Workouts: Backyard Training Steps

First things first, ask yourself what you are wanting to achieve by training, and performing hunting workouts. To get stronger, get fit, create stamina and endurance? Whatever the case may be it is worth it to achieve the maximum benefit from every workout. Take a serious look at one of our partners, Complete Nutrition. They have a full line of products, pre-workout, post-workout and much more that could give you even more of an advantage with each workout.

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First: Start with an intense activity. In the holder backyard obstacle course, this is pulling a Delta McKenzie deer target across the yard. This will get the heart pumping in the first step before doing anything else.

Second: After an intense and demanding activity runs over to a different spot in the backyard for the next activity. For this obstacle course, pull ups was that activity.
Third: After those two activities, a change up in the workout is desired. For this obstacle course, it was running up and down a set of stairs (a hill would work) 5 times. This gets the heart rate up significantly and should be tailored to your endurance to absolutely peak you out. If it takes 10 times to wear you out on this step be sure you hit all 10 times.

Fourth: After you are out of breath, and your legs are strained, follow up with another quick building exercise like push-ups. This will balance you out and make sure every part of the body is receiving attention and strain.

Fifth: Take a run. For this obstacle course, it was simply to spring 60 yards, weaving through targets to ensure the heart rate is up.

Sixth: The final step in the holder obstacle course and this hunting workout is the most important. Up to this point, this has been regular training. There is no “hunting” aspect to it. The final step ties it all together and uses the benefits of the workout to help in another department of training for the hunt, the shot. While the heart rate is up, grab your compound bow and bow release, and try making a shot on a 30 yard or 40-yard target. Make it a realistic shot and focus as best you can. Your heart rate will simulate the final adrenaline filled moments leading up to a shot on an animal.

hunting workouts activity tracking | Raised HuntingAs the video mentions, tailor the hunting workouts and your own backyard obstacle course to your ability and training level. Be sure each step in your workout strains every part of your body and ensure your heart rate is up for the most critical and final piece of the workout. As you train throughout the season and off-season, bump up your hunting workout each and every time to ensure you are always bettering your strength, endurance, stamina, and focus. Also be sure to track your heart rate, activity, and create a record so you ensure you actually are creating more endurance, better physical fitness, and to be organized in your hunting workouts. Raised Hunting’s partner Garmin, has fantastic products for activity and hunting workout tracking.

The Idea

This is something you can do in your backyard, something that you don’t have to go to a gym for, or even drive to. Simply create an obstacle course, a detailed step by step activity plan, set up the archery target, and perform this hunting workout every other day when you get home from work. By the time the season rolls around you will be more than ready.

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Bow Hunting | How to Recover From a Missed Shot

Archery hunting, especially when it comes to chasing whitetail deer can sometimes be easily compared to football.  It seems no matter how much you scout, how much you prepare the other team, (the whitetail deer in this case) always know what play you have called.  This amazing sense of intuition seems to always have the whitetail deer completing first downs while you are constantly in third and long type situations. This even means the potential miss…at which point it’s all about how to recover from a missed shot, or missed opportunity.

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This constant back and forth struggle can sometimes lead to making bad decisions.  This is especially true when bow hunting.   Taking a poor shot with your bow is much like a quarterback trying to fit a ball into a tight window…only moments later discovering that it was going to result in the game winning interception.  This scenario often leads to a firestorm of emotion and almost immediate regret.  However, much like a quarterback who throws an interception to lose the game, an archery hunter can throw a bad arrow and lose the season. In this case, the number one thing to do is walk away with a short term memory.  The sport of archery hunting requires skill and patients, and sometimes that isn’t even enough.  If you bow hunt long enough, you will miss from time to time.  That is a fact.  How you choose to deal with the miss and move on to the next hunt is a skill that can sometimes take a little longer to figure out.

Why do We Miss?

The science behind archery hunting, especially game species like white-tailed deer, continues to improve by leaps and bounds each and every year.  Most of the advances in bow hunting are designed to help the hunter minimize their risk of missing their target while at the same time extending their effective range.  From GoldTip Arrows to Limbsavers, all of today’s bow hunting accessories are designed to help you to reduce weight, make your arrows fly faster, harder, and increase your accuracy.  So why do we still miss?

Well, the truth is, there are a variety of reasons that we miss while bow hunting.  Most of the time, it has absolutely nothing to do with the equipment we are using, even though we would love to blame the miss on a bad peep sight or a string making too much noise.  In all actuality, misses while bow hunting often occurs as a result of either poor judgement or as a result of bad archery fundamentals.

Rushing the Shot

Let’s first dive into the realm of poor judgement.  Poor judgement is a broad term, however, there are several factors that can be lumped in under the “poor judgement” heading that can cause someone to miss a shot. This can include making a long shot, taking a shot at a moving animal, or trying to weave an arrow through brush or between trees.  While all of these scenarios happen often, the number one mistake that an archer will make while bow hunting is rushing the shot.

The old saying “patience is a virtue” certainly holds true when it comes to bow hunting, yet at some point in their hunting career, a hunter will rush a shot on an animal.  There are a lot of reasons for rushing a shot, however, most of us do it out of sheer excitement or a feeling that we need to take the marginal for fear that the current shot opportunity is the best or only one they will be presented with.  Regardless of the reason, if you rush a shot, there is a high probability you will miss every time.

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In addition to rushing the shot, the second most common reason that an archer will tend to miss while bow hunting is simply often a lack of fundamentals.  This involves everything from not drawing fully to your anchor point to jumping the peep sight and not following through with your release.  In layman’s terms, you simply get buck fever so bad that you forget how to shoot your bow.

Archery fundamentals are a critical piece of being successful while bow hunting.  Much like a good quarterback needs good footwork to be an accurate passer, an archer must have good fundamentals to make an accurate shot.

How To Recover From A Missed Shot

So here is a realistic scenario: It is the early season and it is your first night in the tree.  It is just about the end of legal shooting light when all of a sudden the buck you’re after steps out.  You can still see your sights, so you bring your Bear back to full draw. Your heart is pumping faster than you have ever experienced, your head is pounding, and time stands still…The next thing you know, you hear the sound of a GoldTip being thrown down range.  The arrow misses its mark and the buck you have been chasing is headed for the next county… Unfortunately, anyone who takes up bow hunting will most likely experience this scenario in some form or fashion.  How you respond is completely up to you.

Missing can sometimes be hard to get over, especially when it’s a nice deer.  While it doesn’t necessarily ease the pain, the first thing you have to keep in mind is that at the very least you did not wound the animal.  Archery misses are often low impact, and within a week or so the deer you missed will have forgot all about your encounter, and you should do the same.

The number one thing that you can do after you miss an animal is to put it behind you and move on to the next hunt.  The more you dwell, the more it can rattle your confidence.  To be an accurate archer, confidence is important, so it is important that you have a short term memory.

After a miss, it is important to make some time to shoot your bow, this is a critical step for how to recover from a missed shot.  A lot of archery hunters will quit practicing once the season begins.  If anything, you should practice more once the season begins than at any other time in the year.  Shooting right after a miss is a quick way to build your confidence and continue to help you grow comfortable with your equipment. If you miss, take a couple days off, grab the archery target, your compound bow, and throw a couple arrows down range.

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While dwelling on the hunt is never a good thing, it is important to think through the hunt and determine when things went off track.  Often it can lead to simple fixes like trimming shooting lanes or simply stepping or using a range finder to evaluate your distances.  All of these things combined can help take your mind off of the situation and get you focused and ready to move on.

Misses are going to happen it is just a fact of life, however, if you are solid in your shooting fundamentals and ensure that you are taking your time and not rushing your shots you have an excellent chance at being successful.  However, when you do find yourself on the heels of a miss, remember to get back on the horse and start shooting.  It can help you move on and make sure that there are back straps in the back of the truck the next time you hit the woods!

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Bucket List Hunts

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If you are #RaisedHunting, then chances are you your life is an enjoyable one. You know life is short, and you have chosen to live it up to its fullest potential by being an individual or family that enjoys hunting the great outdoors. While you love spending time in the outdoors, the local woods, and traversing the local terrain, you still have your own bucket list. However, this list is not what most people would consider a full-fledged “Bucket List”…it’s scribbles on a notebook paper that are bucket list hunts.

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(Video) – Life is short, but thankfully by the good graces of God he has granted us the short amount of time between when we are born, and when we die. For the hunter, spending life in the woods hunting is how we choose to enjoy our time here on earth. For some of us, this means making a bucket list. Unlike the rest of the world, our bucket list does not revolve around minor things or activities, much more than that our list contains bucket list hunts. Hunts that live in our dreams that we would give anything to go on. These bucket list hunts are what makes life special and is using the time on earth that we have to its full potential. On this episode, an ailing father sparks a wife to make sure her husband doesn’t go through life not at least trying to fulfill one of the larger goals on his bucket list… a Kansas whitetail hunt!


What are Your Bucket List Hunts?

The life the good lord gave us is short, but it is good one. What we do with the time given, is up to us. So the question is have you set goals. If so what are they? For hunters, goals look like a notebook paper, with species scribbled down… all bucket list hunts. These are hunts of a lifetime that we dream of every season. So have you made one yet? What are your bucket list hunts?

Some may look like this…

  • Caribou
  • Brown Bear
  • Black Bear
  • A Boone and Crockett Whitetail
  • Elk
  • Big Horn Sheep
  • Mountain Goat
  • Mule Deer

They don’t have to be in North America, why not just have a bucket list of hunts for different areas…

  • Hunts in ALASKA!
  • Hunts in AFRICA!

What species, what area, and what style of hunting make up your bucket list hunts? More importantly, have you started on your list?