A phenomenon which has always amazed me, is how vital a role mental toughness plays in the physical strength and endurance of a person. Growing up in a hunting household, there was no doubt that spending time outdoors would be the most important part of my life: everything revolved around hunting season. The first trip that I accompanied, was a pronghorn antelope hunt when I was 12 weeks old. Later, as a toddler, my tiny feet would almost freeze since no company made quality kids boots for late November whitetail deer hunting temperatures. What kind of a parent would take their kid out in weather like that? Mine. Improvisation is key; we just wrapped my legs in down vests and I didnt once get frostbite! I think being exposed to these harsh elements in my youth allowed me to develop a cowgirl up attitude. Complaining isnt going to warm your fingertips. 

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What is the most important tool needed for hunting? Most will say their bow, gun, GPS, or knife, but I will disagree with all of your answers and venture to say that your body is the most important tool used for hunting and outdoor activities. Like any other tool or weapon, your body requires maintenance, fuel or ammunition to function, and consistent training in real-life situations. So why do so many of us wait until hunting season is upon us to start eating better and become weekend workout warriors? Most of us don’t leave our weapons, trail cameras, hunting gear, and tools locked up until the day before we go on a hunt. Instead we scout, plan, prepare, practice, educate, and put in tireless effort months before or sometimes year round. So what makes our body, the tool that will carry us through all of this, any different? 

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