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Seating Guide for Hunters
written by Hunt Comfort

Seat comfort and posture are important to a long and successful hunt.
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Seating Guide For Hunters

During hunting season, we sit for hours and days and moving at the wrong time can spoil a trophy opportunity. This guide gives practical suggestions to keeping you still and hunting more effectively throughout the hunting season.

Hunting seating is not outdoor seating. While some product features may be the same, hunting seating is about keeping quiet and not moving. As we hunt in stands, blinds and up against trees, the resting weight of our body concentrates on points of our frame and staying still becomes difficult. Moving around naturally relieves pressure on these points, but we intentionally put ourselves through some tough contests to stay concealed. During long sits (hopefully brought on by good hunting), our bodies can get fatigued to the point of not responding like we expect. At times when we start feeling distracted and begin to lose patience, we need to be extra careful in the woods.

Successful hunts depend on planning and good hunting plans put your health first. First things first  know your limits. If you have a medical condition or have had a recent surgery, let your physician know about your hunting plans. Your doctor may give you some good ideas or specific instructions to help you enjoy your hunt. Some medications can make the long sits of hunting difficult. Remedies as simple as compression socks are of great benefit and your doctor can help with these suggestions -- don't mess around.

The most important tool in hunting for preventing the ill effects of nerve compression, reduced circulation and numbing pressure is the hunting cushion. Most hunting cushions are useless for their intended purpose and this is probably why cushions are the most overlooked piece of essential kit in hunting. Do not short change yourself - there are a few excellent choices for combating fanny fatigue. Look for high grade foam technology or foam and gel technology -- it is worth every penny. This is not a decision you want to go cheap on. Take some time deciding, ask around and check out online ratings. You are going to be spending your precious hunting time on that cushion.

Seating Guide for Hunters

Look for high grade foam and gel technology

Be sure to fit your cushion to your seat platform and center up your body to take advantage of the full surface area of the cushion. Allow enough space behind your knees and the front of the cushion to be able able to slide your hands in between. Seats with adjustable back cushions allow you to position those cushions right where they are needed. Usually the greatest back pressure is located in the upper middle of the back. You can also add a lumbar roll for extra support below the back cushion and these help correct spine position. Set correctly, good cushions pay big dividends hunt after hunt.

Posture is critical to seated comfort. Here's what the experts suggest: Adjust your seat height so your feet rest flat. Knees should be level with hips. If seat is too high, adjust platform or add a foot rest. If you are set up correctly, then your spine, hips, thighs, calf and feet will form 90 degree angles. Forearms should be level or slightly up and having an arm rest pad is helpful. There is not a perfect posture that works for everyone. Some suggest leaning back 100 to 130 degrees. The idea is reclining opens up the hips and helps your back relax better than the 90-degree rule. Some suggest raising your hips above the knees when relaxing back. Try to find what works best for you. We believe comfort is best decided by the individual.

Seating Guide for Hunters
Knowing correct seating posture is important

Preparing mentally can help us endure the long quiet periods. Our brains are wired for discomfort signals to keep us safe. Typically when you start to feel numbness, tingling or burning sensations, your body is getting aggravated. Over time as dull back pain, muscle stiffness or even swelling of feet and legs increases you need to get up and move around. For relief, try slowly lifting half of your backside and very gradually rock your weight from side to side. Next try tensing up the different leg muscle groups, hold muscles tight for a few seconds and then relax -- repeat. This helps to move blood around. Static exercises and pressure releases are two tricks to keep you on your hunt. Stretching before and after hunts helps reduce soreness.

Finally, before season approaches, get your gear out and work out a system of easy access and storage. Keep your most commonly reached for items in an area from your shoulders to your knees. Think about larger items like binoculars or rangefinders and how to secure them. The idea is to stay seated, use limited motion while seated, and when you get up stay quiet and safe. While you have your gear on, try getting up off your seat. In the field, you may need to get up for relief or to take a shot. Just as you need a set of practiced shots, think about getting up as a practiced routine -- remember to do this smoothly and without noise. After a little practice, taking the shot is easy.

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