Good Hunting Boots Can Make All the Difference
There are a lot of things that can make or break a hunt. Many hunters think of shot placement, how the guide service was, weather and more. Many do not take into consideration what hunting boot they are wearing on their feet.
I recently returned from a public land hunt at Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky near Kentucky Lake. To say that good footwear was important is an understatement.
I can only guess how many miles we walked in the days it took for me to fill my Kentucky turkey tag. And, it was no walk in the park either. On this hunt I chose to wear a pair of Renegade GTX Mid from LOWA boots.
We did a lot of running and gunning to get on the birds. Walking over uneven terrain, crossing small streams, and experiencing mild temperatures, these boots were perfect.
Normally, I like to break my boots in before trekking through the woods miles from another pair of boots. Not doing so is only asking for sore feet and blisters.
After trying these boots on for the first time, I felt comfortable enough to wear them hunting the next day. Weighing in at 2.44 pounds, these leather boots proved their weight in gold as we were on all feet all day long, day after day.
So, how does LOWA explain the Renegade boot? “Since 1997, the Renegade’s acclaimed fit, comfort and versatility have set the benchmark for multifunction boots, winning millions of fans who’ve worn Renegades for practically every outdoor activity, including hunting in moderate terrain. With our signature DuraPU™ midsole, MONOWRAP® frame construction and a full-length stabilizer for stability and support underfoot, Derby cut vamp design for an easy, accommodating fit and a VIBRAM® Evo sole for sure-footed traction, it’s no wonder that the Renegade GTX® Mid has been our best-selling style for over 20 years. Durably waterproof/breathable.”
The hunt finally came to a success when I set up on the edge of field to intercept where I thought one gobbler was about to stick his head in the open. To my surprise, not one gobbler came out of the wood line, but eight of them.
After the gobblers seen the decoys, they made a mad dash to meet the new ladies in the area. That proved to be a fatal mistake.
Lining up the crosshairs of the Hawke crossbow scope, I settled the scope for a 30-yard shot and squeezed the trigger of my PSE Fang LT. With a thud, the gobbler took a direct hit, and died almost instantly.
A lot of things went into making this hunt a success. Pre-scouting, quality turkey habitat, good calls and decoys are normally what hunters think of when it comes to being a successful turkey hunter. But, first and foremost you need to protect your feet or you will not be on them long enough to get a shot off.
There are a lot of quality boots on the market for hunting. Depending on your needs, maybe a pair of rubber boots might be better suited in wet conditions, insulated boots in extreme cold, or a boot with good stability when hunting in moderate terrain. Do your homework to find out what is best for you, then research the different boots that fit your needs.