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which rubber boots

Hi,

I am looking for some good rubber boots.  What is a comfortable brand that won't sweat your feet?  Also, are the boots that aren't rubber all the way to the top less effective at masking scent?  thanks.

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not rubber

Unless you are going into deep water there is not much that a rubber boot will do for you that a good leather boot wont do.  I've never found a rubber boot that I loved.  I grew up slopping around livestock yards wearing rubber boots.  They were pretty much essential to keep your feet dry.  The tall black rubber boots with teh red bottoms sold in our local Agway (farm supply) stores did that just fine, but they were uninsulated - read COLD in the winter and easily punctured by any sharp object.  The rubber was just too soft for serious work.  Somewhere in my teenage years I transitioned to what we called work boots which were the lace up suade models.  They were water proof up to about 2 inches of muck and more if you were quick to get out of it.  The soles were hard and thus puncture resistant and best yet they came with an insulated option.  I never did afford teh steel toe models but I thought they would be beneficial working among the big Holstein dairy cows (yes they are HEAVY on your toes!).  Any how - I don't spend much time in teh barn yard any more so I wear more hunting/hiking style boots.  I highly recommend Wolverine brand.  They are expensive - about $80 per pair.  But they are worth it.  They are easily twice the boot of the $40 models and last twice as long.  The only rubber boots I own these days are hip waders that I bought for retrieving water fowl and putting out decoys but I very seldfom wear them.

It might be helpful if you let us know what you wanted the boots for.  That would let us tailor our recommendations to your needs.

Mike

 

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Mike, I want them solely to

Mike,

I want them solely to avoid being smelled by deer on my path to my stand.  It happened multiple times to me this year regardless of what I tried.  thanks.

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you might reconsider

mufan wrote:

Mike,

I want them solely to avoid being smelled by deer on my path to my stand.  It happened multiple times to me this year regardless of what I tried.  thanks.

 

You might want to reconsider that then -

A few years ago, I was standing still in some thick saplings that had sprouted up after the land had been logged off a year or two before.  I heard something approach and watched as another hunter passed +/- 75 yards away unaware that I was there.

 

The sound of his footsteps had no sooner faded than I heard something else from the same direction that he had come.  I expected to see one of his hunting companions following him.  But instead I saw a deer following right in his tracks, it would occasionally stop and smell his footprints.  This deer was actually following the hunter I had seen walk through.

 

When the deer put its head down the next time (at about 75 yards), I got my rifle up and put my scope on the deer.  When he picked his head up, I saw a spike antler.  I couldn’t see the other antler, but this one was enough to make him legal game. 

 

I let him keep coming toward me until I knew the tracks he was following turned away.  Then I sent a bullet through his chest.  He ran uphill just out of sight and collapsed against a downed log. 

 

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Mufan, Buy LaCrosse

Mufan,

Buy LaCrosse boots.

That simple.

They are uber comfortable and scent free.

They are not cheap but they are worth it.

Customer support is great too... I know this from experience.

There is a LOT more than the boot to your equation though.

Wear the boot only in the woods... not in the gas station, driveway - any where other than the woods.

Touch nothing.... keep your hands and gear off of the vegetation.

Use scents - cover and attractions... they do not hurt.

I also look for a big mud hole on the way into the woods... I rub my boots through the mud and water repeatedly trying to remove any redisidual scent.

Any rubber boot will do - but LaCrosse are comfortable and warm...

Jim

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I second that

I am a big fan of LaCrosse boots too. Here's a link to another post here.

http://www.biggamehunt.net/forum/alpha-lite-lacrosse-hunting-boots-mini-review

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