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mz
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Sheep hunting boots.

Hey guys, I might be going sheep hunting this year, and was wondering what kind of boots you guy recommend. I've been told a few boots to check out and they are: Asolo Fugitive GTX, Salomon Revo GCS GTX Backpacking Boots and La Sportiva Trango Trek GTX. I Don't have any experience with any of these boots, so i'd like some feed back from you guys, and what boots you wear yourself. Thanks.

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Sheep hunting boots.

I would say the `broken in' and `well-fitted' kind.

I do a lot of climbing, scrambling, hiking ... I really like the Vasque boots ... basically a backpacking type boot. I am just in the final stages of wearing out a pair of Asolos - and didn't like them as well - but a lot of it was how they fit my feet.

Definitely get your boots broken in and well-fitted to your feet before hand.

A sheep hunt is one adventure I would consider taking in 2 pairs on. Sheep hunting can decimate boots.

Where is your hunt???[/i]

I just glanced at the Asolo Fugitive GTX ... that looks like a nice boot. Try it - or something perhaps slightly sturdier (more leather).

PS - depending on where you are going - they won't look like the ones in the pics after your hunt. Yes

tim
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I used a pair of danners on a sheep hunt. they did ok. I got a pair of lowa sheep hunters and they have been good boots. My danners where wore out.
The lowa aren't cheep but they are a cross between a mountaineering boot and a leather boot.

tim

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Re: Sheep hunting boots.

i'm sure you know of a lot of good brands, but there are some qualifications in a boot you should look for:

1: how much insulation do you NEED, too much and you'll be miserable, with sweaty feet that may cause your socks to stick to your skin= blisters, not enough and you got cold feet, personally, i'd rather be cold.

2: lace-to-toe. it really helps to get a good custom feel out of the boot. each lace set can be individually adjusted to what is comfortable to you.

3: most importantly... wear them a lot. if they're not soft and broke in, it'll feel like you have bricks strapped to your feet.

bring back up running shoes!!! if the boots are too much, you'll want something you can make some fast tracks in while you're comfortable.

and lastly, bring an extra pair of dry socks with you every day, it may just be worth it for the hike home.

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I just bought a pair of Keen's. Paid good dollars. Spent hours trying on various boots, etc. Boots I picked were wonderful for fit, comfort, and support. Then took them on their maiden voyage into Mountain Goat terrain. I was about take a pic of them to give to the clerk at the place I bought them (I was so happy with them) - when - WTF! ... Must be serious design flaw. They were starting to come apart after about 5 miles (of rock hopping). I didn't want to walk out barefoot so we descended to a trail and came out the remaining 6 miles (by trail). By the time we got to the road both boots had significantly come apart. I took them back to where I bought them and exchanged for another brand. Just to make sure the people at the store took me seriously - I also took in my daughter's boots that covered every step of the same terrain - and they were unscathed ... and she paid about 1/8th the price buying them from `Big 5' next door. Apparently others have had problems with that boot. (Now she tells me.) If you go to Keen's website - they do NOT invite suggestions or input on their designs. That leaves a real sour taste in my mouth. I'm trying a pair of North Face boots next.

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Sheep hunting boots.

I went on a sheep hunt in October this year. I took TWO pair of boots. One pair is a North Face what I call `rock-hopping' (climbing) boot. It did great in the rocky stuff. I also took a softer leather boot (Danner) for around camp and as a spare. It was wonderful - especially since we had some stream crossings and some wet weather. The softer boot I did not take much into the rocky stuff - as I did not want them obliterated in a single day. Where I hunt it's basically large, sharp gravel ... very hard on boots.

I have my eye on the Fortress Peak boot by North Face. I think that would be the ultimate sheep hunting boot.

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the lowa sheep hunter performed flawlessly this fall. I definalty put them thru the paces and the boots held up good. whether packing large amounts of meat or crossing streams, the boots were good.

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I hunted sheep this fall for Six weeks in Idaho GMU 19 which is the north edge of Frank Church and Gospel Hump. I wore a two year old pair of Asolo Fugitive GTX boots for the entire hunt. My longest day was GPS tracked at 22 miles with close to 5000 feet in elevation change. Thats up 5000 and back down by the way. These boots were perfect for the hunt. I blew out one set of laces (the original set) but had 5mm braided nylon cord laces for backup.
I didn't need to replace them, but when the season ended I bought another pair of these just to start "breakin" them in for a couple years from now. The boots are fine right out of the box, but I like to wear them around the house a bit before I put a load on. My back country pack was about 54 pounds plus a rifle.
I killed an Elk in the middle of the season and carried both rear quarters plus backstraps in the same load downhill for about three miles with these boots. They are not built for extreme loads but for short distances they have plenty of support and they are comparatively light weight for when you need agility or you need to move fast over rough terrain.
These are boots I would recommend to a friend that I was going to hunt with. Unless you are expecting a lot of snow....
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See any sheep?

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Hey jeff,
Yes, about 30 total. Three rams, no shooters. Best ram was just barely 3/4 curl on left and less than 5/8 on the right. Not symmetrical. legal this year but not good enough for a once in a life time take. The fire (rattlesnake fire) really affected the area. Stepped on very little soil that had not burned. The first two weeks I actually had to avoid some active burns. The last week of the hunt I saw everything but sheep. Bears, Bobcats, Billies, Elk and Mulies. Tried to stay focused. I would have shot this mulie three days before the end but it would have taken all three days to get him out of where he was. I really wanted a Big Horn. I can always shoot a mule deer.
Good hunt thought. It was my first Sheep hunt and I learned a lot. I'll put in for the same unit in three years and see If i can get lucky a second time.
How did you guys make out?
rogie

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I'd love to hear more about your hunt some time - maybe with some pics.

The buck pic - looks nice but fuzzy - at least on my computer.

Sounds like you did some impressive scaling up and down.

I went in with a guy who had a tag in 27-1. Glorious country. We decided to hunt an area different that where I got mine in 2004. We saw sheep many of the days - but small groups of ewes, lambs, and small rams. I came out after about a week. We met some other sheep hunters who rode in by horse (we flew in). After I left the guy I was with hunted somewhat alone and somewhat with the other guys.

Three nice rams eventually showed up - and one of the other hunters got the big one of the group.

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