How to Choose the Best Boots for Elk Hunting
Have you ever seen a hunter tracking a deer barefoot? Unless you have time-travelled to the Stone Age this is highly unlikely. Whether you are a pro-hunter or going on your first trip, one thing everyone should pay extra attention to is proper boots. Hunts last for days, even weeks, and worrying about wet, frozen or injured feet should not even cross your mind.
Before buying a pair of hunting boots, you should first determine the season and weather conditions for your hunting, as well as the terrain of the location and how active you plan to be during the hunt. With so many brands and models on the market, these factors will help you to narrow down the search. Once this is established, focus on these factors: comfortable fit and support, weight, water resistance, appropriate for the weather, and overall comfort. Try to remember that no matter how perfect the boots seem to be, there is no pair is suited for every type of hunt. If you are a frequent hunter, you should consider getting yourself several pairs to be prepared for every season.
First of all, make sure the boots are comfortable and provide great support. Hunting is a challenging endeavour and proper boots should prevent you from getting injured. Make sure the boot matches your feet; the ankle is secured and doesn’t slide while walking. The sole should provide good traction and the cushioning should be comfortable. If you are getting ready for a winter hunt, consider getting a bigger size, so you could fit thick socks inside. This way it will provide extra warmth and cushioning.
It might seem excessive, but you should pay extra attention to the weight of the boots. Hunting requires a lot of exercise and several days of wearing the same gear, therefore, every extra gram or ounce will make a difference and you will feel it. If you aren’t sure about your level of fitness, I suggest getting a lighter pair, which will prevent you from getting tired as easily and your feet from getting sore.
Whether you hunt in summer or winter, there is a high chance of you walking through rivers, wetlands, mud and snow, thus, your boots should be water-resistant. There are many technologies used to keep your boots waterproof, but always opt for those that are also breathable, so the moisture from your feet can evaporate as well, allowing your feet will stay both dry and warm.
Always consider the weather conditions. Sub-zero temperatures and pleasant spring warmth require different levels of insulation. The colder the weather is, the higher the insulation you need. In this case, you might need to give up breathability for some extra warmth. This is especially the case if you expect to have rather calm and immobile hunting trips, meaning that you’ll spend a long period of time on a stakeout. Boots for warm seasons don’t need insulation; therefore you should go for the breathability. It will keep your feet dry and odours away.
Finding the best boots for hunting is a challenging task even for a professional hunter. One should consider many factors such as weather conditions, water proofing and fitting. At some point you might find yourself buying several pairs for different seasons. Yet, modern market has enough to offer models that suit every pocket.
If you are a frequent hunter, it might be wise to invest in the more expensive and high-tech options such as Irish Settermodels with GORE-TEX, Thisulate, Bob Tracker outsole and ScentBan technologies. They will last long, and will keep you warm and safe on long hunts. Good news for you, there are more interesting things coming in the world of hunting gear. Rumor has it, New Hunting Boot with UV and Stealth technology will soon appear on the market. The UV lighting will illuminate ground in front of you and will help to identify animal markings. Boots are constructed to be way more durable and stable.
Yet, if you are more of an occasional and a fresh hunter, it might be a good choice to try out cheaper versions like no insulated Irish Settersor Ad Tecs (but only in case you are off to hunt in warm seasons). Even if you’ll realise that hunting is not for you, you will end up with a great pair of hiking or working boots, which will serve you well and last for a long time.