Quit Caffeine and Thank Me Later
Category : Miscellaneous
I certainly hope this is the least technical and most hypocritical article I will ever “have” to write. I say least technical because it can be simply summed up with “quit caffeine”; I say most hypocritical because I am addicted to caffeine and I’m about to tell you to quit caffeine. Now that we have that out of the way, seriously, quit caffeine for hunting season. Whether its a daily cup of light roast, or its a big gulp energy drink, you’ll do yourself a favor by cutting it out before hunting season and here is why:
1. You’re going to have withdraws: Caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive drug, and it is addictive. If you can’t get your daily dose before you head to your treestand in November, you very well may end up sitting there trying to figure out if your nagging headache is due to lack of sleep, dehydration, caffeine withdraw or all of the above. You’re probably hunting to get away from life’s headaches, so its a good idea to quit caffeine well before season starts.
2. Caffeine makes you go: Along with being a stimulant and increasing heart rate, caffeine increases other bodily functions as well. Caffeine has some diuretic effects and although I’m not really concerned with the scent left behind after taking a leak in the woods, having to go No. 1 numerous times within the first couple hours of daylight gets pretty annoying. Even worse, depending how that large cup of coffee hits you, it might send you down the tree to take care of other business. Who wants to be caught, quite literally, with their pants down when a big buck comes strolling in? So, it’s a good idea to quit caffeine before hunting season starts.
3. Caffeine pumps you up: Caffeine might provide a great boost of energy to help you function early on Monday morning at your monotonous job, but if you need caffeine to get yourself going before a hunt, your doing something wrong. The days which I get up early to hunt are literally the only times during the whole year that I can function as a ‘morning person’. Now, I’ll also admit that I don’t love walking into the timber in the pitch dark during a new-moon phase and my heart rate is usually a little heightened to begin with. Who of us hasn’t about jumped out of our skin when a varmit makes a racket in the leaves just ahead of us in the dark? Side effects of caffeine include a raised heart rate and jitters; afterall, it is a stimulant. Getting yourself buzzed up on caffeine makes those morning walks to the treestand worse. Do yourself a favor, quit caffeine before hunting season starts.
4. Caffeine makes you sweat: First comes that quickened heart rate and soon after comes the sweats. For some reason I always seem to sweat more in the morning heading to my stand than in the evening heading out of my stand. That natural adrenaline rush is enhanced by the caffeine and the sweats start quicker. As mentioned, caffeine is a drug that stimulates your central nervous system; it raises your heart rate, your blood pressure and activates your sweat glands. Add in the temperature boost you experience from ingesting caffeine and you can all but count on sweating on the way to your stand. Sweat stinks, sweat makes you cold after you stop moving. Sweat is bad for deer hunting…
So, like I was saying, quit caffeine before hunting season. You can thank me later.