Fuel for Backcountry Hunting: Five Recommendations

Western big game hunting is demanding. Hunters usually spend an entire day covering difficult terrain — often at altitude and with challenging weather to add to the demands. It is essential that backcountry hunters take into consideration a wide range of needs when it comes to their health and nutrition, and it is always good to consult a doctor prior to engaging in a demanding trip that might be taxing on the body. Disclaimer: We aren’t nutritionists or health experts, and the following items aren’t sufficient for an entire day. Also, please consider dietary restrictions and allergies. However, we have found the following five items can be helpful in the pack for a day in the field:

1. Almonds

Looking for something rich with nutrients that is light in the pack? Almonds are a great option. Almonds provide calories, healthy fats, protein, and vitamins.

2. ProBars

The demands of backcountry hunting often lead to calorie deficiencies. ProBars are packed with nearly 400 calories and a good amount of fat, protein, carbs, potassium, and sugar.

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3. NUUN Hydration Tabelets

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Hydration is critical. NUUN hydration tablets can sometimes make it easier to want to drink more water, and these tablets also contain electrolytes. Low sugar too.

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4. Jerky

Be careful of strong scents and too much sodium. Otherwise, jerky might be a great lightweight option for protein and calories.

5. RX Nut Butter

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RXBAR proudly makes cleat their simple ingredients in many of their produces. Items such as egg whites and nuts are common ingredients in their products, and they don’t seem to sacrifice flavor. Depending on their flavor, their Nut Butter pouches have approximately 200 calories, 15 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbohydrates, and 9 grams of protein in a pouch that weighs approximately 1.1 ounces. These pouches can help provide important nutrients throughout the day.

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Of course, be sure to always bring enough water. A CamelBak or other hydration back is often an easy way to stay hydrated throughout the day.

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