We have all read articles about the importance of staying hydrated, especially in warm weather hunting. The dangers of not drinking enough water could lead to low levels of moisture and electrolytes in your system. Two things happen when you have a sudden drop in your body’s moisture level: your kidneys start to shut down, and a low electrolyte level makes decisions very difficult. Both are extremely dangerous, especially on a hunt that could be far from civilization.
Hydration should not wait until the day of the hunt. If you don’t already drink a lot of water every day, start tanking up five days before the hunt begins. Your body needs to take in the water, but also stabilize the electrolytes (balance your system) before you create a major demand for them. Pre-hydration helps your body prepare before there is a need. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your weight in ounces of water every day; thus, a 200 pound man should drink 100 oz. of water daily. Also, be sure to carry (or have access to) this much water while you are hunting.