August 04, 2022
By NAW Staff
For some, the whitetail lifestyle is a 365 day a year endeavor. Instead of just hunting deer in the fall, for us serious whitetailers, we also pay a lot of attention to improving our habitat. That means planting food plots, running trail cameras throughout the year, installing feeders; doing anything we can to keep ourselves in the woods and hoping to improve our odds of filling our tags every fall. Land management is a labor of love. It involves planting food plots, doing timber work, improving your properties habitat, etc. Let’s be honest, it involves a lot of physical labor. You’re helping the whitetails, you’re helping yourself, fully connecting with nature and the outdoors.
Stay Fully Fueled
Land management always takes a lot of gear. You have an arsenal of equipment that you’re taking into the field. Truck, trailer, UTV, and tractor. Big machinery, chainsaws, and weed eaters. You always have a to-do list and what might seem like an endless task to be ready for the fall. But the one thing that is all too often overlooked when you’re grabbing another trail camera or tree stand to set is proper hydration and food. Just like your chainsaw needs gas to keep running, you too need to be fully fueled up to keep yourself in the field until the job is complete.
During those warm season, summer months throughout the really hot part of the year it gets to be pretty uncomfortable throughout the day. Anytime you are working outside for an extended period of time, you must stay hydrated. That means you have got to have water, electrolytes, everything to replenish your body while in the field. t does not do you any good if you are not able to stay out there to get the job done.
Along with hydration, food and calories are so often overlooked. When it’s hot outside, it’s tough to want to eat. Your body might not have its normal cravings. Yet, your body is in need of those calories and the protein it takes to fuel your body. So, taking the right food with you that works in those conditions. No, we’re not talking biscuits and gravy, or that ham sandwich that might spoil in your truck. Foods that pack well and something you can put in your backpack that will keep you going all day.
For me, I’m a protein guy and I want a tasty and tender snack with lots of flavor, so I always have a bag of beef jerky. Anytime I know I’m going to the field, I’ve got a bag of Old Trapper. Made with real wood-fired smoke from a 50-year-old family recipe and coming in a variety of flavors from Old Fashioned, Peppered, Teriyaki, and Hot N Spicy, there's a flavor for whatever you fancy.
Plus, it’s simple, easy to pack when you’ve got limited space. If you’re spending hours on the tractor, you can easily have a bag to snag a quick bite and keep moving along. It really doesn’t get any easier to take a lot of food and a lot of good nutrients with you in such a small package. So make sure this season you take the foods that’ll do the job quickly and effectively.