Nearly every hunter can tell at least one story about stalking prey for miles, only to cover more ground tracking a blood trail after the shot. The moral of the story is this: You don’t want to find yourself in the back country with lousy footwear.
Trekking through any type of terrain—whether muddy, rocky, mountainous, snow covered or a combination of conditions—requires a pair of hunting boots capable of withstanding rugged environments while providing comfortable foot support. Given the endless options available today, there’s surely a boot out there for every hunter. Our list of the best hunting boots are sure to keep your feet happy while you’re on the trail.
- It’s only taken a couple hundred years, but someone finally improved on standard shoelaces. Like its eponymous name, the Boa lacing system incorporates a ratcheting dial and braided steel cables to snug the leather and nylon upper securely around your foot. Pull the dial out, and the cables instantly loosen. Designed to fit like your favorite tennis shoe yet offer outdoor-inspired performance, the lightweight Cabela's Boa Speed Hunters feature poly overlays to resist wear and also feature fully waterproof and breathable Dry-Plus linings. For fall 2013, Cabela’s is also offering the Boa system in a knee-high snake boot and deer-centric hunting boot.