Hunting boots advice

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by mkamer, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. mkamer

    mkamer New Member

    May 19, 2005
    Okay guys, this still rookie hunter needs some advice on hunting boots from you veterans. Lace up or the taller rubber pull-on boots? I'm told the rubber boots help with scent elimination. Problem with some of the rubber boots I've seen is that they are so tall they almost go over my knee (yeah I'm short). My hunting is deer and turkey and I don't normally have real long hikes or walks to our blind. What's best for warmth. Price range $125 and under would be good. Any suggestions, brands, advice would be appreciated.
  2. burley

    burley Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    I use what ever keeps my feet comfortable and dry. I switch from pull-on rubber boots if it's wet to lace ups an or insulateds if it's cold. About 4 different boots just for outdoors and I switch from morning to afternoon as weather/conditions allow. I have some arctic pacs for those -20 days but they don't get used too much( I don't brave the cold like I used too). I'v never ran across any 1 boot that can do it all. When hunting or fishing keeping your feet dry and comfy is very important , be like a scout and 'be prepared'  ;)

    BTW , good socks are just as important as boots. I like natural fibers and wear cotton and will ad a pair of wool over those if needed. A pair of gortex socks are good to have too ,they will let your feet breath but will not let water in so even if your boots soak thru or spring a leak your feet stay dry.

  3. lop

    lop Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2008
    I gave up on Redwings, was not impressed with Georgia Boots, but love my pair of Chippewa's. They are good quality boots. I can ride skateboards, cut wood, stand in creeks, and go to dinner in them. They polish up nicely and you can get one for only $100. what a deal. 'Course, I buy them in pairs, but they are well worth it. Buy good boots and shoes.
  4. Bert

    Bert Banned

    Mar 4, 2007
    Go go comfort, then keep your feet dry.

    use top-shelf socks (wicking type helps), corn meal or Dr. Scholl's powder, and *Sno-Seal* or equivalent.

    Once a year, I heat my everyday hiker type work-boots up in the oven, and apply as much Sno-Seal as they will soak up.  

    If I am in bush, then I use snake leggings, and on the occaision I am in swamp, I use knee-high mudboots, but most of the time, I am just in my same old clod hoppers, rain, shine, cold, warm (for Tennessee).

    If you are not comfortable, your hunt, etc. will be miserable.  Go home before you get miserable.

    I will also suggest steel shank, steel toes, for the support.

    Break them in before you go to the woods.

  5. torrent

    torrent Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    Ah, you beat me to it. I'll do some more research in a little bit but I'd say go with lace ups for what you'll be hunting and where.
  6. Bert

    Bert Banned

    Mar 4, 2007

    I never get too far from the utility vehicle or truck, but I do keep a spare set of clothing, boots, socks, water, and food even on just a short outing or day trip. hunters get wet, vehicles break, trees fall, roads wash out. The basic spare stuff stays in the truck all the time during hunting & cold weather.

  7. KelTekCajun

    KelTekCajun New Member

    May 11, 2006
    I like my Magellan Snake boots from Academy. I think I paid about $69 or $79 for them. I can't remember which price, but they have held up very well and they are very comfortable. I don't know what kind of woods you are hunting in, but we have 4 species of poisonous snakes in these Louisiana swamps, and I've come across many Eastern Diamondback Rattlers and Water Mocassins. I'd rather not take a chance with regular high-top boots hiking-style boots.
  8. mydixiwrecked00

    mydixiwrecked00 New Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    i did the great boot search last year for deer season along with my ultimate camo search... after alot of reading and listening to some old timers i dont think u can beat a pair of black rubber slip ons with a breathable liner... they are generally cheap. with the right sock and fit can be comfortable and are water proof unless u step off in something deep. also kill your scent better then the expensive scent blocker boots and are even pretty snake resistant. best part they are generally cheaper. i was sold on some rockys until i read many reviews of them only lasting one or two seasons then starting to leak. the irish setters looked good. so do the muck boot brand ones. each to their own. i spend probably only 30 mins in and 30 mins out in the boots, the rest of the time is in a stand, maybe if i did more stalking id change my mind. we have alot of water and snakes here in florida so thats been my biggest concern and good ol rubber boots have served me well. they also work with any camo pattern.
  9. mkamer

    mkamer New Member

    May 19, 2005
    Thanks for the replies. Anyone have a par of Lacrosse rubber boots? They have a couple pairs with Thinsulate insulation that look nice.
  10. torrent

    torrent Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    The rubber boots I wore when we went squirrel hunting last year were made by LaCrosse and those work well for me. I also wear those during bow and turkey seasons. While they don't offer the best ankle support, they do well when traversing the steep hills that I hunt in.