In the Wild with Greg Wagner

TWO-A-DAYS by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
August 10, 2009, 10:23 am
Filed under: Hunting | Tags: ,
As my Son Micah begins two-a-day football practices at Omaha’s Creighton Prep High School today in preparation for the fall pigskin season, I too, have started my intense two-a-day workouts in preparation for the fall season – HUNTING SEASON!
 After being looked at by my doc. last week, I took to the pavement this morning ushering in my two-a-day workouts with a brisk 1.5 mile walk. Later today, well after dinner, probably around sunset, I will complete another brisk 1.5 mile walk. Don’t get me wrong, fitness is part of my lifestyle. I walk nearly every day year-round – anywhere from 1-2 miles.  
The author hits the pavement. Photo by Katie Stacey.


 If you’re a hunter, you might not think of getting a thorough physical examination before your favorite season opens and then getting in shape with a fitness regimen to be important, but it vitally is! Being able to comfortably walk to and from your stands and blinds or tromp grassy fields is a big deal! 

 According to the University of Michigan, accidental shootings and falls from tree stands are thought by many to pose the greatest danger to America’s hunters, the danger of heart attack is much greater. Studies show that heart attacks are three times more likely to take a hunter’s life than a gun shot injury! Think about it … whether it’s walking to your teal duck hunting blind in hot weather with lots of decoys, your shotgun and other gear or dragging a deer out of the woods with heavy foliage, insects buzzing around and 80-degree temps during the archery season, hunting is definitely strenuous business punctuated by dramatic bursts of adrenaline rushes and activities.

 Dr. Eric Good, Cardiologist at the University Of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, says that hunters can help prevent cardio and stress-related problems in the field with a pre-hunt medical check up paying close attention to family medical history and an exercise routine. “Even a 30-minute fast walk several times a week can help the hunter,” Dr. Good emphasizes. “Anything that gets your heart pumping 60-80 percent of your maximum heart rate is good,” he adds.

As hunters, we should not have a ho-hum attitude toward decent overall health and fitness. After all, none of us are getting any younger are we? Don’t let the hills get steeper, the valleys get broader and the marshes get deeper!




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I love the knowledge, actual photos and all the
most wonderful writings on this website. Keep up the Great work, Greg. Of course I am your BEST viewer on Every bit of hard work you put into everything. Thanks for YOU.

Comment by Mother

Thanks so much! It means a lot!

“Wags” — Greg Wagner

Comment by Daryl Bauer

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