Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Flu-Prone Elk Hunters: It May be Altitude Sickness

When the flu season hits and the hunters are out hunting they may think have got the flu. In most cases it is altitude sickness. Altitude sickness affects hunters, mountain climbers, and skiers. Some symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, coughing, shortness of breath and trouble sleeping. Altitude sickness is caused by thin air at high elevations. Your body must work harder to maintain normal oxygen levels in the blood. Breathing and pulse rates increase. For a hunter the lack of oxygen can knock a hunter down especially if they start their hunt going too hard (exerting themselves physically and not pacing themselves), too soon.

This is a really good article if you feel like you have the flu when you go hunting for elk. The elk are suited to go into higher elevation unlike humans. If you an avid hunter or just a beginner and you feel like you have the flu you should read this article because it would help you prepare yourself with altitude sickness and not confuse it with the flu.

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation on October 12th, 2009

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