Water is Hunting Fuel

If you’re new to hunting, you might not realize just how important water is. Let me share a story.

Me, Sharing a Story

I spend 99.9% of my life less than 100 feet from a faucet. My first year hunting in the Sandhills, I carried just a couple of bottles of water in my hunting vest.  I didn’t do the match, or I would have realized that hiking several miles for 3-4 hours away from camp was going to leave me wanting.

It was the end of the day, and I was deerless and downtrodden.  I was also insanely thirsty, and had more than a hard mile to go, to get back to camp. I had a radio (you should always) but nobody wants to be the dope that radios his daddy for a glass of water.  so I hiked. I stumbled upon a cattle trough. It was cold, but there was a break in the ice.  I weighed the pros and cons of sharing a water source with cattle, and drank what I needed to make it back to camp.

I think my dad put it best: “You don’t want to drink where those cows have been dipping their snotty noses.” My dad is great at making sure you regret whatever stupid thing you’ve just done 🙂

Carry All You Can

You’ll be hiking rough terrain for hours, and it doesn’t matter if it’s cold outside.  You’ll dehydrate without adequate water. Invest in a camelback if possible – a backpack with a built-in bladder for water, and a drinking tube so you don’t need take off the pack to drink.  If not, definitely carry a backpack with water bottles.

The good news is that you don’t need to do anything special to keep them cold in November. And just 1.5-2 liters of water is ideal.  You’ll generally be hunting for 2-3 hours at a time, because the good hunting is early morning and late afternoon.  You can rest and refill in between.


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