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So, looking at the area I will likely be archery hunting this fall, I think it is highly likely that I will end up in a situation where I will need to bellycrawl for long distances and it will be nearly impossible to avoid the cactus.  Cry baby   Does anybody have any specific product suggestions or items they have hand-crafted that they have found work well for situations like this?   Help!   At a minimum, I am thinking some form of knee pads and forearm guards would be extremely beneficial.  Thoughts and suggestions?  Think

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snake pants?

How about those upland bird pants for walking through brush, or snake gaiters?

Seems like anything of that nature would be helpful.  Might want to take a look throug Cabela's hunting clothes ection of their website and/or catalog.

Good luck!

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If you are in a position

If you are in a position where you are going to be doing a belly crawl through cactus the best protection is going to be your eyes on where you are going.  You can check out some briar proof pants in Cabala's or Bass Pro but I doubt that they would help.  The knee and elbow pads are your best bet along with a heavy pair of gloves. 

I know that when I am hunting in Arizona I try my best to watch the game animal and the surrounding ground cover when I am making a stalk, and everything down there has thorns on it.  Now my friend that goes down there with me is another story.  He spends a half hour a night picking cactus spines out of his legs before going to bed. 

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I have used knee pads and

I have used knee pads and leather gloves myself, but like Critter said the best tolls are your eyes and watching carefully where you put yourself down. Make sure to take some tweezers or small pliers with you so you can get the little buggers out when you get them.

After the first blown stalk on an antelope this year I had to wait nearly half an hour while my son whined and complained in the truck with his pants around his ankles pulling stickers out of his legs. He was not at all amused with my laughterlol

Just a part of the game we learn to live with.

Reminds me of another time we were shooting prarie dogs and he threw the legs of his bipod down in an anthill and didn't know till they were all inside his shirt.

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Canvas

Nothing beats heavy dense weave canvas for those conditions.  When anticipating a crawl through thickets and brush I chose to wear Carhartt canvas overalls or Carhartt canvas carpenter pants in their signature carhartt brown color.  That's about the best and most practical thing to wear in heavy brush while hunting in dryer arid conditions like on a pronghorn hunt or on any upland bird hunt.  They're quiet and tough.  Once broken-in and they get a little dirt/dust they tend to blend in well with the natural surroudning terrain too.  Most every other material will shread quickly in those environments.  Dickies also makes a similar quality pair of overalls and carpenter pants in the same color for less money.  Cowhide leather work gloves and knee pads are a great comodity as well.  You can now get inexpensive disposable knee pads at Walmart that will last you a while.  They're simple thick foam-rubber and work well for under $5 a pair. 

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Thanks for the suggestions. 

Thanks for the suggestions.  I am going to do my best to avoid the cactus in the first place, but some of these areas, there is just a lot of cactus out there.  I got the thick leather gloves covered.  I will look into getting some Carharts or Dickies canvas as well as some knee and elbow pads. 

Thanks again for chiming in. 

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For archery it's one of those things where the temperatures will be warm, and clothing that offers protection from cactus and thickets will make you sweat and uncomfortable.

I would suggest the double-front canvas pants.  I've worn those on a variety of biggame and upland hunts and have been pleased. But again just be aware of how warm it is now.

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