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Hey guys I am heading to Montana to bow hunt elk in september my Irish Setters have developed a leak. My question is what have you guys had good luck with . I would like to keep it under 200$ but the Meindle perfect hunter is calling to me.

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I purchased a pair of the

I purchased a pair of the Meindle Perfect Hunters before I headed to Canada for my bear hunt and they are everything that they say they are.  I actually believe that you could wear them on a hunt right out of the box but I put quite a few miles on them before I headed out. 

Other than that if you like your Irish Setters then get another pair of them.  That is unless you have luck like me and they have discontinued the style that you prefer. 

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I'm always pushing the Meindl

I'm always pushing the Meindl Perfekt boots. I've had mine for 7 years, and the construction is still perfect, and no leaks. I hike in snow all day, and even wade small creeks when fly fishing. I hunt/hike/scout 300 days a year, and wear the boots every day of the year. It's all I own, so I have to. I'm going to resole them soon, and fully expect to get 7 more years out of them.

 

I do treat them twice a year with Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP. It has kept the leather in great shape all these years.

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The weather for hunting in September in Montana can be 80 degrees and dry, wet from rains, or have several inches of the white stuff.

I usually wear lightweight 6" hiking boots which are the same boots that I've worn on my last two hunts in Africa, and that I wear hiking in the Montana mountains in the summers.  They are very comfortable and were about $20 at Wal Mart.  Very inexpensive, but they have several years and many miles on them, and the soles are starting to get thin.

For my recent hunt in New Zealand I bought a pair of lightweight, waterproof 8" Danner boots at either Cabelas or Bass Pro for about $130.  They have minimum insulation, were very comfortable right out of the box and worked great on my New Zealand hunt, and my regular season Montana elk hunt last year.

Depending on the weather conditions this coming September, I'll be wearing one of these pairs of boots for my Montana hunts.

 

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I've been a Danner guy for

I've been a Danner guy for over 25 years since my first pair of Ft. LEWIS boots! Currently have 6 pairs of Danner in the rotation. ...will be buying another pair in the next couple weeks

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Meindl boots are well worth the money

I suggest that if the Meindl Perfekt boots are calling - you should listen to them.

I have several pair of the Cabela's Meindl boots and hikers and love them. They are fairly stiff and that helps keep your feet in good condition over long hunts. Spend all that you can afford on boots - you will be wearing them for many hours on your hunt and you just can not afford to wear cheap or bad boots and then have tired / sore / blistered feet.

Plus as stated above, they will last longer than less expensive boots and that should make them actually cheaper in the long run.

If you want a stiffer boot (more of a backpacking or a mountain boot), look at the Meindl Denali or Alaskan. There is also the Meindl Perfekt Ultimate Hunter which is a new boot that I have not worn, but sounds very interesting. Lowa makes a really nice boot also, but I have not worn them either.

Good luck with your decision, and be sure to treat them well with Obenaufs LP.

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Nick - I bought a pair miendi

Nick - I bought a pair miendi perfect hunters last fall and really like them. I doubt if they will last more than 3 years. Way better than Kenatechs. Where you hunting in Montana? I'm probably going to be busy during archeryseason,  but plan to hunt hard during the rifle seasons in 319, and 122. Good luck- Preston

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 I am planning on hunting the

 I am planning on hunting the pintlar wilderness area beautiful country hopefully plenty of elk too.

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Nick - last July I seen lots

Nick - last July I seen lots of elk down low on the wma. I don't know if it was due too the dry conditions or normal.  They were hitting the irrigated fields at dark. 

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Why do you doubt they'll last

Why do you doubt they'll last more than 3 years?

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Probably because I don't oil

Probably because I don't oil them and I do a lot of walking.  I'm rather hard on boots and the two pairs of Schees pack boots have lasted the longest,  than the danner, kenetech, or miendi. The miendi are the best hiking boot I've had.

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