Energy Shots – A Hunters Perspective



Energy Shots – A Hunter’s Perspective


Don’t get me wrong, hunting season doesn’t last long enough.  But if you’re like us, consistently hitting the timber mixed with a day job, quality time with the family and the never ending honey-do list can take a toll on the energy reserves of even the most hardcore hunter.  In other words, it doesn’t take long to feel drained during a hunting season.  I myself reach that “drained” feeling after about 2 weeks of getting up at O’dark-thirty and welcome a boost of energy from time to time.  We wanted to find out if the recent energy drink phenomenon could have any benefit to a hunting lifestyle, especially when you find yourself fulfilling your daily responsibilities in between hunts with little to zero time for a power nap! 


We found two companies that cared how their products were viewed by our hunting community. OnGo Energy and RedFin Energy shipped us out some of their product and we used each over the course of our 3 part season (Bow, Regular Firearm, Muzzleloading). 


A Look at the Energy Drinks:


OnGo Energy Shots: A 2 ounce bottle offered in 3 flavors (Mandarin Orange, Berry Blast and Lemon Lime)   The “shots” are a blend of Vitamins and other substances known to increase and sustain energy levels in human cells.  Here’s the breakdown of the ingredients for OnGo Energy Shots:


Niacin – helps your body use fat and carbohydrates efficiently

Vitamin B6 – helps your body break down and generate amino acids

Folic Acid – healthy red blood cell production

Vitamin B12 – promotes proper nervous system functions

Amino Acids – promotes alertness, improves memory, and regulates mood

Taurine – enhances brain, nervous system and cardiac functions

Malic Acid - produces cellular energy

Glucuronolactone – reduces sleepiness and improves mental performance

Caffeine – boosts energy and heightens alertness

Ginseng – increases your resistance to stress, anxiety, and fatigue

Electrolytes – helps replenish your body

Contains NO SUGAR and ONLY 8 Calories

Click Here for complete Supplemental information on the back of the bottle:





RedFin Energy: Also comes in a 2 ouce bottle that blends the following:

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B12

Folic Acid

Caffeine (comparable to 2 cups)


Siberian Ginseng

Contains NO SUGAR and ONLY 4 Calories

For Complete Supplemental facts on this Product, Click Here!


Now, as you can see, both of these energy products breakdown with comparable main ingredients which claim to help everything from red blood cell production (more red blood cells mean more oxygen carriers, which lead to more energy production for our cells) to enhancement of the nervous system and reduction of stress and anxiety.  Who doesn’t want all that?  Sustained energy, alertness, and some extra health benefits would all seem to be “no-brainers” in any of our daily lives right?


Our main goal was to see if these products made it easier to “keep going” on those days that started at 3:15 am and allowed us to stay as alert in the tree-stand on the last day of the season as on the first.  If you’re serious about hunting, you know the routine:  Typical morning hunt with a 20 – 45 minute walk to the stand, climb down at 10am so you can make it to your daughters’ soccer games by 11am, winterize the pool, put away the deck furniture, help your friend move a couch and be back in the stand by 2:30pm for the evening sit.  One of those days!  (You can substitute any or all of the above with any mixture of your responsibilities on a typical Saturday).  Here’s what we found with these two products:


Taste:  We only tried the Wild berry flavor from RedFin while OnGo sent all 3 of their flavors (Mandarin Orange, Berry Blast and Lemon Lime).  It’s only 2 ounces of liquid but the edge in taste goes to OnGo.  The Lemon Lime flavor was our favorite and surprised us in how good it tasted.  We found very little after taste with either of these products and although we liked the Lemon flavor the best, it’s all about preference.  None of them tasted bad to us, then again, it’s 2 ounces!   


Size: Two nice aspects in this category. First, these products are small enough to stash in your pack or pocket so you can “refuel” at anytime during the hunt.  Second, you don’t have to drink an entire 12 + ounces of liquid to get the same effect.  This can represent an issue for hunters who are concerned with how often they have to empty their bladder on stand.  2 ounces will not cause this concern.  These “shots” are compact and deliver the goods without the excess water associated with other energy “drinks”


Prolonged Energy and Alertness:  We didn’t experience a “boost” or “Jolt” of energy in the respect that we felt jittery after ingesting the product.  We did however feel like we could “keep going” and keep moving without feeling drained and tired between hunts.  In the example above of a typical Saturday where you try to fit hunting in with all the other chores of the day, we didn’t feel the need for a nap (something Dan has become accustomed to not getting with his young daughter) nor did we feel sleepy while on stand in the evening.  Our alertness seemed to increase as well.  Coincidence or not, Dan seemed to notice the deer “first”, more often this year.  Usually I’m the one to clue him in that a deer is moving toward our stand.  It’s an ongoing joke in our camp.  This year it seemed to be about even between us as to who noticed the deer first.


Side Effects:  Neither Dan or myself noticed any side effects to taking these energy shots during the season.  No jitters, no headaches, no allergic reactions, no sleeplessness, and no “crash” after the product was in our system for a while. 


When we took them:  The majority of our use with these shots came in between the morning and evening hunts.  We knew when our “drain” period was going to be during the day (between 11am and 1pm) so we took the shot somewhere in that time-frame.  This allowed us to stay alert on the evening hunt and not feel like dosing off.  We also tried them a few times before our morning hunts, usually on those days when getting out of bed was ridiculously tough.  On those particular occasions, we stayed alert but the product didn’t seem to cause any jitters on stand.  These 2 products work as advertised and they will be on our shopping list for next season.  Another aspect of these products that impressed us was that we didn’t feel any sort of addictive properties during our testing.  In other words, we didn’t take them every day, nor did we feel an urge to take them every day. 


The Effect on the Immune System: Over the last few years, I’ve been interested in the effect of B12 on the Immune System.  Not only is B12 linked to the production of healthy red blood cells for oxygen transport and subsequent cellular energy, it is suggested to play a role in cytotoxic (those cells in our immune system that destroy germs) activity.  Without getting too scientific and medical here, I’ve noticed a decrease in the frequency of my sickness over the last few years while taking B12 supplements.  It seems to me that ANY B12 supplementation is a good thing, and if that comes from an energy shot-type drink, bonus!


Final Thoughts: We wait 10 months for the start of hunting season and we want to feel energized enough to take full advantage of the time we have in the woods.  Not only will these “energy shot” afford you the ability to keep plugging away after your quarry, they’ll help you fulfill your other daily responsibilities without feeling drained during the season.  After all, as we like to say, “You can’t get anything if you don’t go!” and we found these energy shots to help us in getting up and getting out there.



For more information on OnGo Energy, visit: www.ongoenergy.com


For more information on RedFin Energy, visit: www.redfinenergy.com




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