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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Hunting Boots

Choose the right women’s or men’s hunting boots with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

When you’re out on the hunt, you may have to trudge thorough mud, dirt, water or snow. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand you need your feet to be comfortable when you’re facing a day in the woods. That’s why we carry women’s and men’s hunting boots from trusted brands like Wolverine, the Original Muck Boot Company and Irish Setter. Choosing the right boots is all about comfort and knowing the terrain you’ll encounter.

3 Tips for Choosing the Right Men's Hunting Boots
Get through any terrain with our three tips for choosing the right women’s or men’s hunting boots.

1. Find Your Perfect Fit

There’s nothing worse than boots that are too small or too large. In order to find your perfect fit, you need to wear your hunting socks when trying on boots. If you try on hunting boots with regular socks, they aren’t going to fit the same as when you’re actually hunting. If you plan on adding a liner to your boots, you need to go two sizes up so the liner and your feet both fit comfortably.

It’s best to try on hunting boots late in the day, when your feet are more swollen. The boots should fit snug around your instep and ankles. You should also be able to move your toes. If the hunting boots pinch or cut off circulation, they’re too small. Walk around in the boots and try to find an incline to walk up and down on. If your feet slide forward, the boots are too wide.

2. Choose the Right Boot Style

The right style of women’s or men’s hunting boots depends on your hunting terrain and how much walking you’ll be doing. We break down the different hunting boot styles into two categories

Rubber Hunting Boots –  If you’ll be splashing through swamps, marshes or creeks, you’ll want rubber hunting boots. They don’t absorb your scent like leather or nylon boots, helping you stay undetected by deer. Plus, they’re watertight so your feet will stay comfortable and dry the whole day. They’re best used for hunting waterfowl and early-season deer hunting.

Leather or Nylon Hunting Boots – These are the most common hunting boots you’ll find. They typically combine a leather or nylon upper with a grippy rubber sole. They’re also insulated and waterproof or water-resistant, providing you warmth and comfort throughout the day.

3. Know Your Hunting Terrain & Weather Conditions

You need to match your women’s or men’s hunting boots to the terrain you’ll encounter. If you’re hunting big game like deer or elk in rugged and steep terrain, you need supportive boots. A high ankle and stiff sole are needed when you’re dealing with rocky terrain.

Rubber boots are great for wet and sloppy terrain, like swamps or marshes. Some rubber boots are even made to be snake-proof. They’re lined with dense materials and an extra rubber layer to combat sharp fangs.

Weather conditions and terrain will also affect what kind of insulation you’ll need. Insulation is listed in grams per square meter of fabric. The more grams, the more insulated your feet will be.

0 to 200 grams: Meant for mild temperatures, usually in early-season deer hunting or spring turkey hunting.

400 to 800 grams: This works well for mid-season hunting or late season hunting if you’re moving a lot.

1,000 grams or higher: If you’re hunting in harsh winter weather, you’ll need hunting boots with at least 1,000 grams of insulation. You’ll also want this much insulation if you’re using a blind or tree stand where there’s little activity.

At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find women’s and men’s hunting boots for all kinds of terrain and weather conditions. Gear your feet up for hunting with the perfect hunting boots and hunting socks. Plus, we carry all the blaze orange and camouflage clothing you’ll need to be ready for hunting, from head to toe.

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