How To Hydrate When Hunting
When packing for a hunting trip do you remember to pack enough water for you and your dog? Water is not only important for survival but also important to effectively hunt.
Why hydrate when hunting?
A common threat to a hunter’s safety, dehydration can occur in any climate, temperate or weather condition but is a very preventable condition. Mountain hunting can be strenuous, and a hunter’s body uses twice the amount of water in cold mountain hunting trips, as it does when not active at a lower elevation.
Dehydration can lead to a loss in endurance, mental focus and decision-making skills. Muscle cramps and dizziness are also a result of not drinking enough water. If a hunter becomes dehydrated in the cold, he or she could be more susceptible to hypothermia since water helps to regulate body temperature.
Dehydration could be debilitating to a hunter when out in the field or up in the mountains. Be sure to remember to keep drinking water even if it is cold or you are soaked from rain or snow. How much one needs to drink varies from person to person. Once you feel thirsty you are already 1-2% dehydrated.
You may ask what about a sports drink to hydrate? It is recommended that if your period of heightened physical activity is less than one hour at a time you should skip the sports drink and stick with water. The electrolytes in sports drinks are only needed after the one-hour of physical activity. Plain water is still the best zero calorie option when hydrating.
Hydration for your hunting dog
Your hunting dog is an athlete and you need to make sure he/she is receiving the right amount of water to stay hydrated. Hydration is critical to your dog’s hunting success out on in the field or up in the mountains.
Your dog is made up of 80% water. An average 50-pound household dog needs 5 cups of water a day. When a dog is active and hunting the amount increases to 12 cups of water a day.
Be sure to not only pack enough water for yourself but also your active dog. Remember while out hunting to offer water to your dog often so he/she stay hydrated and alert.