We've covered the "four boot" idea, and now it's time to pick out a pair of hunting boots for deer season and beyond.
There's always going to be a variety of hunting boots to choose from. You've got general hiking boots, hardcore camo hunting boots, pac boots, knee-high snake boots, and a few more.
How to choose hunting boots
If you're hunting big game out in the mountains, you should wear something good for hiking distances in rough conditions. If you're going to be walking through streams, you should go for waterproof hunting boots. If you're planning to sit in treestands in the middle of winter, insulated hunting boots are the way to go.
If you don't shop according to where, when, and what you're hunting, you should. Plus, with today's advantaged tech and supreme boot-making processes, you can shop by comfort too.
Some might think knee-high boots are uncomfortable, and some might think that insulated boots don't offer any breathability. That's just not the case anymore.
Camo Hunting Boots
Our editor Eric Pickhartz wanted to make a point that these Danner Alsea boots keep his feet dry and maintain really good grip even when it's muddy. These are great all-around outdoor boots.
They're well-constructed and deserve the 5 star rating online. They come in the Mossy Oak Break-Up Country, making them great as a quality pair of camo pattern boots.
- Polylite midsoles
- Breathable linings
- Insulated waterproof hunting boots
Knee-High Hunting Snake Boots
Snake boots are ideal for hunting in snake areas. If you're out just about anywhere in Texas, it's worth it to invest in a good pair of snake boots. Eric owns these too, and learned quickly that they're comfortable enough to opt for these more times than not. It isn't worth risking a bite while he's in the middle of a 100-acre public land hunting spot. He said he's can confidently sit in a snake country thicket while hunting turkeys, and has even trekked through light snow in these boots. They've been the best option every time.
- Odor fighting
- Padded mesh for comfort
- Rubber lugs to increase traction
Definitely on the more budget friendly side of hunting boots, the Kamik NationCam2 Pac Boots will still get the job done. They're made from waterproof suede and have removable padded liners. If you're looking for good traction and great warmth in cold weather, these are a top pick.
- Removable liners
- Seam-sealed waterproof protection
- Synthetic rubber for high-quality traction
These Muck Boots are another favorite of Eric's and he's worn these waterproof boots for years. They're great for waterfowl hunting when you don't have to wade too deep, and he says they keep his feet from getting overheated when it's warmer than expected.
They're really sturdy, but also flexible enough to promote enough comfort. In fact, they're comfortable enough to use as work boots too. They're slip on, so there's obviously nothing to lace up.
- 5 mm Neoprene
- High-grade puncture-resistant rubber exterior
- Lightweight and breathable mesh lining
- Rated from subfreezing to 65 °F
Hunting Hiking Boots
You don't need to be a hiker to own a pair of hiking boots; they're great if you're hunting in places where you're covering ground. If you've got an elk hunt trip planned, it's not a bad idea to wear hiking boots. This pair of Merrel hikers is a perennial favorite amongst the outdoor community. You can't really go wrong.
- M Select DRY Waterproof and breathable technology
- Suede-leather and open-mesh uppers
- Merrell M Select GRIP outsoles
Women's Hunting Boots
Many of these brands also have women's hunting boots. I'm definitely taking a cue from Eric and adding these snake boots from Irish Setter to my wishlist. I live in Texas, so I'm definitely protecting myself from rattlesnakes should I embark on any snake-riddled adventures. In a lot of situations, snakeproof boots are a necessity. Also, who isn't a a fan of the Mossy Oak camo pattern?
Mountain Hunting Boots
These hunting boots cost nearly $500, but here's why. They offer the utmost protection in extreme conditions, and will keep your feet warm with impressive insulation tech. Everything's double- or triple-stitched for reinforcement, and the K-Talon outsoles provide ultimate grip under your feet.
These are the choice for Dall sheep hunts in Alaska, or New Zealand mountain adventures. If you hunt whenever possible and in all weather conditions, surely these will be worth the money.
- Thinsulate ultra insulation protection
- Double and triple stitching on midsoles
- Toe-and-heel traction teeth
What are the best hunting boots?
All in all, you've got a lot of decisions to make if you're considering new hunting boots. Just be sure you're thinking about all the different scenarios you hunt in, and matching your choices accordingly.
Without the right boots on your feet, you might as well be notching one in favor of failure.