Hunting Apparel – RainierArchery.com https://www.rainierarchery.com Your One-Stop Bowhunting Headquarters Sat, 06 Jan 2018 13:26:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 How to Choose Women’s Hunting Boots https://www.rainierarchery.com/choose-hunting-boots-women/ https://www.rainierarchery.com/choose-hunting-boots-women/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:04:30 +0000 http://www.rainierarchery.com/?p=356898 Stepping out has taken on a new meaning for women who enjoy the outdoors. We’re breaking new ground and in ever increasing numbers, enjoying what many women in the past didn’t consider pursuing: a passion for the hunt. For many, we’re not just simply heading into the woods, we’re venturing into new territory altogether when we […]

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Stepping out has taken on a new meaning for women who enjoy the outdoors. We’re breaking new ground and in ever increasing numbers, enjoying what many women in the past didn’t consider pursuing: a passion for the hunt.

For many, we’re not just simply heading into the woods, we’re venturing into new territory altogether when we embark on a hunting trip.A critical component of any successful hunting adventure is choosing the right gear.While many of us have a closet full of shoes, we still aren’t sure what features to look for in a hunting boot. Make no mistake here — nothing can end a hunt quicker than sore, cold, wet feet.To make sure your first step is in the right direction, here are some tips on selecting the correct boot for your hunt.

Hunting Boot Selection for Terrain & Climate

You can never go wrong with waterproof boots.

Boot selection should focus on two key considerations of your hunt: terrain and climate. Both of these factors will dictate the type of boot you’ll need. Many boots sold are available in non-insulated or insulated styles, and often in waterproof styles also. Changing weather is common during hunting seasons, and you can’t go wrong in guaranteeing dry feet by ordering a pair of waterproof boots!

Study the weather of your intended hunting grounds, researching the temperatures and weather you’ll likely encounter while hunting there. Know what type of land and land features you’ll be setting your feet on. Use these criteria when searching for the right boot:

Mountainous, rocky or uneven terrain: This type of terrain requires boots with good, stiff ankle support, stiffer soles for stability, good lacing system for support, padded collar and tongue for comfort, waterproof protection for changing conditions, and good moisture-wicking properties to accommodate a lot of hiking and stalking. Common materials for “high-country” boots are leather or oiled leather uppers with rubber “bands” or toe guards for abrasion resistance and protection from rocks.

Upland hunting/open fields: Flatter terrain means you can use a softer, lighter weight boot, especially appreciated for the miles of walking you may do, and softer soles with less tread or traction are required. Lightweight leather or Cordura Nylon uppers are common, with waterproof and breathable linings a necessity. Also look for extra padding on the collar and tongue for all-day comfort.

Lowlands/marshes or swamps: Wet, sloppy ground calls for rubber boots or snake boots (if you hunt in the south).These boots are the tallest you’ll find, with women’s boots reaching 15-inch tops.Be sure to look for a snug ankle fit so they won’t pull off in the mud, and side cinches or buckles at the top to eliminate a noisy, sloppy fit when you walk, and to help seal out moisture.

A removable foot bed is a definite plus, as rubber boots will become damp and won’t dry out easily overnight unless you use boot dryers. Be certain to check the outer sole for cleats or lugs; a necessity for good traction in the mud.Although a great all around choice for water protection and varied terrain, rubber boots are not a comfortable boot to do extensive walking on uneven ground — they lack adequate support and cushioning needed for longer treks.

Varied terrain: dense woods, ridges, meadows: Varied land features call for a boot with varied features — leather or nylon uppers (or a combination of the two) with a more flexible sole, breathable, waterproof linings, stable ankle support without being too stiff, and a medium weight and height.This will be a good all-around boot you’ll reach for often and wear for many years if you make a smart purchase and a wise investment now.

Selecting Weight & Gram of the Boot

Snake boots that go high on the calf are important to have in snake country.

The weight of the boot you’re selecting should be of concern, especially if you’ll be doing a lot of walking. The fabric you choose, type of sole, and height and insulation will all contribute to the overall weight of your boot. The majority of boots will weigh anywhere from 3 to 4 pounds, with leather or heavily insulated pac boots hitting the scales in the 5-pound range.

Generally; choosing a lighter boot that’s non-insulated or one with just 200-gram insulation will suffice for more active hunts, hunts in early season, or in milder weather.

For mid-season, cooler weather or less active hunts, it’s imperative to purchase a quality-insulated boot with 400 to 800 grams of insulation. Thinsulate offers excellent insulation without adding bulk and weight — a great choice for hunts where you may do a combination of walking and standing. Changing mid-season conditions mean unpredictable weather, so be sure to purchase a pair of boots that are waterproof and breathable.

For late-season frigid weather and stand hunting, heavily-insulated, waterproof boots are a must. Heavy? Yes. The heaviest you’ll find on the market, usually topping 5 pounds, but they’re warm, and warm is what you’ll need. Pac boots will often have removable liners with a cuff to seal out the cold air and snow, and cleated soles for good traction in snow and ice. Look for boots with insulation of 1,000 to 1,200 grams for the coldest, wintry conditions.

Key to Buying Women’s Footwear

The key to buying women’s footwear is in the width of the footwear. Women’s sizes are designed to fit the narrower width of a women’s foot. In addition, women’s shoes and boots are cut to accommodate our narrower heel cup, meaning the heel will be trimmer than the forefoot width on women’s boots. Men’s boot widths generally measure the same from forefoot to heel. The average width (“B”) of a woman’s size 8 boot is 3.2 inches, while a man’s average width (“D”) in a size 10 boot is 4 inches wide. That’s nearly an inch wider than we need. Try on a man’s boot and you’ll quickly see how “sloppy” it feels. Too much width means a lack of support and blisters on your feet if the boot doesn’t fit snugly. Your feet will suffer and so will your hunt. If you do have wide feet, and are unable to find a wider width (“C” or “D”) offered in women’s boots, then you may need to try a man’s size to accommodate your needs. To find your correct size, choose a size that is one and a half to two times smaller than what you wear in a woman’s size. (Example: size 9 women’s usually translates to a size 7 1/2 men’s).

Dress Your Feet for the Elements

Women's feet are on average narrower than men's, which is why choosing a women's boot is important for comfort.

Your feet endure a lot out there, so don’t neglect to dress them properly before heading out. In milder weather, a single wool or synthetic-blend sock is all you need. But as the temperatures drop, you’ll need to be prepared to add a layer or two. Mid-season autumn weather usually requires a bit more bundling; add a layer by starting with a good 100-percent Polypropylene liner followed by a wool, or wool-blend sock. The liner will absorb perspiration and draw the dampness away from your foot, while the wool will keep them dry and warm, regardless if they are wet or not. Stay away from cotton — they don’t have the insulating or moisture-wicking properties needed for warmth. If the temperatures really plummet, add another wool sock layer, or switch to a thicker wool sock with the liner. Don’t like itchy wool? Not to worry-look for Merino wool, the ultimate choice for warm, itch-free, soft wool. Look for socks that have a “vertical ribbing” design on the shin area and some spandex in the blend, both will keep them from falling down around your ankles. If your feet are chronically cold, or chill easily, consider purchasing your heavily insulated boots one-half to one size larger than your normal size to accommodate layering with thick, wool socks.

Cold Feet

ThermaCELL heated insoles can help keep your feet toasty.

Still got cold feet? A common complaint among women; here are two suggestions: Try heated insoles inside your boots. Like hand-warmers, these chemical, foot- shaped insoles are activated by air and placed under your foot inside your boot. They will give your feet several hours of heat. Another option is to try insulated “over boots.” These boot insulators should be carried to your stand location, and then slipped over your hunting boots once you’re settled in. They’re lightweight and sure to give your feet extra warmth and protection from the cold. Choosing a boot with features you’ll need, wearing good socks, and keeping your toes warm and dry will keep you in the field longer, increase your odds at being successful and make your hunt more enjoyable. Take a step in the right direction by researching your hunting conditions and footwear options first, then selecting the best boot for you hunt.

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a hunt camp where someone had a problem with their hunting boots. Usually the boots weren’t dry or warm enough, but other times they didn’t offer enough support or traction for hunting in rugged terrain or were brand new and simply hurt the wearer. Unfortunately any one of these problems can ruin a day in the field. I wish I could say that I was never the one to have these problems, but the truth is that I’ve learned some hard lessons over the years when it comes to hunting boots. Here’s what you need to know to make the right choice.

A quick glance at the wall of hunting boots at your local Bass Pro Shops will show three basic types: Pac boots, rubber boats, and leather and/or nylon boots. Let’s examine the pros and cons of all of them.

Pac Boots

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Pac boots tend to be the warmest boot available but are heavy and not suitablel for long treks.

These boots usually consist of a rubber bottom with a leather, nylon or combination upper. They tend to be the warmest ones you can buy, thanks to a removable, insulated inner bootie, often constructed of felt. Pac boots are waterproof, generally 8-16 inches in height, and are designed to be worn in the coldest, snowiest, iciest conditions.

They are often a bit heavy and clunky, so they are best suited to long sits in a cold, late-season tree stand; if you intend to do a lot of walking, these boots are probably not your best choice. They are usually sold based on a temperature rating, and I recommend the warmest you can buy if you are going to be sitting for long periods.

Rubber Boots

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Rubber boots work well for waterfowl hunting but may not be viable for cold-weather hunting.

There was a time when most hunters in North America wore rubber boots for just about all types of hunting and for good reason. When it comes to keeping your feet dry in wet conditions, with little weight, there is simply no better choice. Rubber also tends not to absorb scent, which is an advantage for bowhunters who need to always be cautious about leaving human scent around their deer stands.

They are available in heights ranging from 10 inches up to about 18 inches, which can be a great choice for waterfowling in areas that are wet but still shallow enough not to need waders. Rubber boots are also very popular for turkey hunting and early season deer hunting, when temperatures can get cold, but not bitterly cold. These boots are not generally considered to be ideal for hunting in frigid temperatures, but some models are now available with warm neoprene uppers and as much as 2,000 grams of insulation, which can challenge that long-held belief.

The waterproof nature of rubber is what ensures that water stays out of the boots, but it will also keep sweat in as rubber doesn’t breathe. As a result, these boots are not the ideal choice for situations that call for a lot of walking, and rubber also doesn’t generally offer enough support for hunting in rugged, rocky terrain.

Leather/Nylon Hunting Boots

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The most popular hunting boot is one that is insulated and waterproof.

These boots seek to combine the best qualities of Pac boots and rubber boots, which makes them probably the most popular and certainly the most versatile style of hunting boot today. They are typically constructed of either leather, nylon or a combination of the two. A waterproof and breathable membrane such as GORE-TEX will help keep your feet dry, while insulation options ranging from none to 1,600 grams of Thinsulate will keep your feet warm and comfortable in conditions ranging from spring turkey hunting or early-season archery in the south, to late-season pheasants in the Midwest and November whitetails in Canada.

When combined with an aggressive lug sole, this type of boot in an all-leather construction is the preferred choice for hunting in rocky, mountainous terrain, where a good grip and ample ankle support is essential to prevent slips and falls. Many models even sport a reinforced toe cap for extra protection and increased durability in rough conditions. At the other end of the spectrum, softer-soled models are also available for still hunting, stalking or any hunting that requires extra stealth.

In terms of weight, models meant for hunting upland birds, where many miles are walked each day, can weigh as little as 2 pounds or so, on up to heavily-insulated models or those built for the roughest conditions which can weigh up to 5 pounds or so. If you intend to do a lot of walking, every extra ounce can make a difference at the end of a long day.

These boots are also available in a wide range of heights, from as low as 6 inches up to about 12 inches, with most being in the 8- to 10-inch range. The higher models are great for additional support in rough terrain or if shallow wading may be necessary. If biting snakes are prevalent in your area, models from 13 to 18 inches will help keep you safe.

Boot Insulation

Technological advancements in insulation mean that boots are now warmer and lighter than ever before. Materials such as Thinsulate(tm) and Thinsulate Ultra are widely used and boots are usually labeled in terms of how much of it they contain, expressed in grams. When hunting in mild conditions, uninsulated models, or perhaps boots with just 200-400 grams of insulation, will keep your feet from overheating.

Mid-weight models with 600-800 grams would be ideal for mid-season hunts, or even later season hunts if you are constantly moving. The coldest conditions call for 1,200-1,600 grams or even more to keep your feet warm, or if sitting still for many hours. A selection of socks of various weights/thicknesses and can also increase the temperature comfort range of boots.

A Final Word

When shopping for boots, take a pair of socks with you that are typical of what you would wear while hunting, to ensure proper fit. If you wear orthotics, take those too and remove the factory footbed (insole) before trying each boot. Finally, make sure your new boots are nicely broken in before hunting in them. Wear them around the house, while walking the dog, etc. Again, walk with your usual hunting socks, as much and as far in advance of hunting season as possible.

With so many makes, models and styles available today, at affordable prices, there’s a boot that’s just right for any hunting situation.

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Women's Hunting Clothing

Women's Hunting Clothing

Women’s hunting clothing has come a long way over the last two decades. We’ve gone from virtually no options to a quite large collection of styles and patterns of hunting wear designed specifically for women.

The first hunting garments made for women often focused more on style rather than function. What these clothes boasted in fit, they severely lacked in features. However, over the years, many options and useful features emerged as women’s involvement in the sport increased. The industry listened to our requests and took our demands to heart by producing clothing designed for serious hunters and styled for the female form.

Yet, when looking for hunting clothing, many women still ask, “Where do I begin?” Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or anticipating your first day in a tree stand, stop and ask yourself a few of the following questions; this will make your hunt for quality clothing less confusing and your day afield more rewarding.

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What are You Hunting?

The hunting clothing you look for largely depends on the game you pursue. Consider all the game you might hunt. Will you be after deer, elk, turkey, pheasant, bear or a combination of these animals?

Consider what methods you’ll use for each animal. You’ll dress differently when bowhunting bear or deer from an elevated treestand than you will shooting ducks from a marshy duck blind.

Camouflage patterns should change to match your surroundings. Perhaps you’ll be pursuing mule deer and elk on foot in the fall, but turkeys out of a blind in the spring. A varied pattern of branches and leaves is great for treestands, but you’ll require a marsh grass or wetlands pattern while duck hunting.

Use your answers to the following questions as your criteria when it comes time to search for hunting clothes. Do you need clothing that protects your legs when walking through heavy brush and thickets? Do you need clothing that “breathes” as you continually move throughout the day? Or will you spend several hours motionless in a treestand, requiring insulated clothing to retain body heat. You may be surprised to find that some clothing manufacturers incorporate several of the features you desire into one versatile garment.

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What Kind of Hunting Will You Do?

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Today's women's hunting clothing is made specifically with women in mind.

Will you be bowhunting, gun hunting or both? Will you hunt with a handgun, crossbow, muzzleloader or shotgun? All these factors need to be considered when choosing your clothing. Bowhunters prefer less bulk in the front of their clothing (snaps and storm flaps may interfere with drawing a bow), more radial arm and shoulder movement for pulling back their bows, and sleeves that fit snug so as not to interfere with bowstrings when released.

Gun hunters, on the other had, need jackets and shirts that don’t bind and that allow for a comfortable shoulder mount. Jackets and shirts that incorporate gusseted arm seams are ideal for increased mobility.

Both types of hunters may or may not do a lot of tree climbing. But if you’re a treestand hunter, you’ll want to be certain your pants don’t bind so that they allow for easy climbing in and out of trees. Articulated knees are a great feature that keeps pants from riding up when climbing. Reinforced knees and rear-ends and double-stitched seams are a must — women, like men, are hard on their hunting clothing.

Finally, don’t neglect to research the state and county hunting laws and regulations in which you’re hunt will take place to find out if blaze orange is required.

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Where Will You Hunt?

Geographically speaking, determine where your hunts will take place. Will you be hunting turkeys in the Deep South, deer in the upper Midwest, elk in the mountains of New Mexico or javelina in Arizona? Where you’ll be traveling on your hunts is perhaps the foremost factor when determining what gear to purchase. It will determine which fabrics you’ll need and what camouflage patterns to consider. Fabric options can range from 100-percent brushed cotton or poly-cotton blends, to fleece, scent control or waterproof finishes.

Do you hunt in the hardwoods or along fencerows beside a cornfield? Maybe you prefer river bottoms or marshes? While the patterns available are as varied as the terrain around the world, women’s clothing options still aren’t nearly as numerous as the men’s. But the camouflage patterns that are available are researched and developed to be used in specific cover — whether it’s the desert southwest, the cornfields of the Midwest or in the northern forest. You need to be smart and choose the pattern that best matches your hunting environment.

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When Will You Hunt?

Consider the climate you’ll be hunting in and the time of year you’ll find yourself outdoors. Some deer hunters enjoy early season, others primarily hunt the rut, and others get out as much as they can the entire season. Turkey hunters in some states have several months to hunt, making for a long season, while other states have hunts lasting only days.

The time of year you’ll find yourself in the woods will determine if you need insulated or non-insulated clothing, a single layer or several layers, waterproof or windproof features and brown camouflage or green. Research the geography and weather conditions in your hunting zone to better educate yourself on the type of clothing and camouflage you’ll need. Staying warm and dry is key. Regardless of the climate, consider waterproof clothing or waterproof finishes for your outerwear and footwear — you can’t go wrong guaranteeing you’ll stay dry in unpredictable weather.

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Why Not Purchase Men's Clothing?

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Women's hunting pants offer the same features as men's, but fit better.

Simple answer: the fit.

Men and women are physically different. The average man is approximately 5’10” tall and 190 pounds; the average woman is 5’4″ tall, 135 pounds. Because of these differences, there is much more fabric used to make men’s clothing than the female’s — that’s extra fabric we don’t need.

Additionally, men’s chest and waist sizes are nearly 2 to 3 inches larger than a woman’s, while a woman’s hips are approximately 2 inches wider than a man’s. This all translates into big problems for women who try to fit into men’s clothing.

Women hunters want to hunt and be comfortable; they want clothes that fit their female form, clothes that don’t bag or sag or interfere with shooting their weapons. We don’t want jackets and vests that hit below our waist or hang down to our knees. We don’t want to purchase pants that need hemming or to be held onto our bodies by a tightly cinched belt. We want clothes that eliminate bulk where we don’t want it, but “give” where we do need it.

Over the years manufacturers of women’s hunting wear often sacrificed function for style. Yes, they acknowledged our desire to look good in the field, but they often underestimated our love of hunting and our dedication to the sport by leaving off essential features needed in quality hunting wear. In recent years women’s clothing has improved and we’re now seeing features included that have been requested for a long time.

When shopping, expect the following “female-specific” features to be advertised on women’s clothing. (If not advertised, ask customer service for confirmation of these features.)

Women's Hunting Shirts & Jackets

  • Shorter length (from shoulder to waist) in jackets and vests;
  • Gusseted underarms (a triangular insert in the underarm seam for increased mobility)
  • Tapered waist or mid-section (to accommodate our smaller waistlines, this eliminates bulk you'll encounter when wearing men's "boxy-cut" shirts);
  • Darted chest (accommodates our bust lines);
  • Pleated back/shoulder yoke for better arm and shoulder movement;
  • Extended shirt-tails (stay tucked in better);
  • Heavy-duty YKK, two-way zippers (not often found in women's clothing, but a great feature to have);
  • Adjustable Velcro wristbands; and
  • Zippered insulated liner (a nice option for jackets); adds great versatility in unpredictable weather.

Women's Hunting Pants

  • Wider fit through the hips;
  • Smaller waist sizes — adjustable tab or elastic waistband (a great feature for layering);
  • Hem-to-desired-length option belt loops (yes, women like to wear a belt and carry a knife too!); and
  • Adjustable Velcro, ties or snap-tabs on pant legs.

Thankfully, women’s hunting clothing options are continually increasing, as are the camouflage patterns, and they not only look good, they fulfill our hunting requirements as well. With concerns about baggy, cumbersome clothes eliminated, you can now focus on your hunt. Take advantage of clothing manufactured and designed for women and see for yourself the difference that good fitting clothing can have on your hunt.

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Snake boots, like these RedHead Bone-Dry 16″ Bayou Zip Snake Boots, are ideal for hunting in snake country.

If you live in a part of the world where there are no poisonous snakes — count your blessings. For the rest of us, you better be prepared.

If you live in a part of the world where there are no poisonous snakes — count your blessings. For the rest of us, you better be prepared. Where I was raised as a kid we had a million snakes. On one water gap that we replaced in our fence we killed about a dozen. We didn’t have rattlesnakes but we had copperheads and water moccasins (cotton mouths).

To help protect you against bites, let’s talk about some snake protection for us hunters — even fishermen, since last summer my daughter and I had a snake jump in the boat with us while we were crappie fishing over in Oregon.

As far as I know we have four options for snake protection:

  1. high top leather boots
  2. snake gaiters
  3. snake proof boots
  4. stay home and play the piccolo

This article is a little unique in that on most outdoor gear I give it a good test before recommending it. On snake boots though, I’d have to walk in a few viper pits and let 20 or 30 chew on me. That’s probably not going to happen! So we’re going to trust the manufacturers testing procedures.

What I’ll recommend is to try on whichever model of boots that you are looking at purchasing to see if they fit well. None of them are too comfortable due to the requirements to make them snake proof, but mine have a side zipper to ease in removal. If you’re going to be walking all day you’ll want to purchase a pair that is comfortable to walk in.

Snake boots are a lot like seat belts. They don’t do any good unless you wear them. My dad’s cousin lived in New Mexico and was out building fence. Why I don’t know but it was super hot and he’d cut the top off of his cowboy boots. Sure enough while building fence a rattler struck him. He said he knew right away what it was. If you’re in bad snake country, don’t cut the top off your boots and try to turn them into Go Go boots.

I know when I turkey hunted with my brother and his kid down by El Dorado years ago they both wore them since we’d be crawling around in the brush all day calling turkeys and spotlighting varmints at night. He kills a lot of rattlesnakes on that ranch.

I’m going to assume that knee high snake boots will suffice for our snakes in the states. The only situation where I see they may not suffice is if you’re climbing mountains or such situations where the snake will be elevated above you.

When I was a kid the old man that owned the ranch beside us had gotten bit on the hand years before by a copper head. He was picking up a rock and it struck him. So be careful when you’re picking things off the ground. But don’t necessarily think that you’ll be safe if you kick over a log or flip it with a stick. It may just coil up as the story below will tell.

Unfortunately you can’t feel safe if you’re the back man while hiking. I’ve heard it said that the first hiker spooks the snakes so they coil up and then they strike the second man.  When I lived in Colorado there were a ton of rattlers out on the prairie and certain times of the year a guy in the plant would go out and catch nearly 100 after work. There were a couple of guys out there bird hunting and twice one of them came out of the brush and had a snake latched onto his pants leg dragging along. He must have walked in on snaky areas for this to happen to him so often is all that I can figure. Whatever he was doing — don’t do!

One fall Chris Puckett and I ran over to Hell’s Canyon to do a little deer hunting. We were walking down a canyon and Chris said, “Wow, look at that.” I turned around and there was an 18-inch rattler in the trail. We’d both stepped right over it and he was wearing tennis shoes (Chris was wearing the tennis shoes, not the snake). Even though it was coiled up it hadn’t struck. So not all snakes will strike you so you never know how many you have actually walked right by.

Used to when visiting out by El Paso we’d go snake hunting at night. It gets cool at night since it’s a desert and snakes would crawl out on the black top to get warm. One time we pulled over to get one and the light went out. It finally came back on and he was crawling towards me and only about 2 feet away. The light came on and I shot outta there. Snake boots would have been nice for those midnight hunts.

As we wrap up remember: Getting into the outdoors is a blast but a bad snake bite could turn an otherwise good day into a bad one real quick. Be careful and be prepared.

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