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Swampghost
April 5, 2009, 11:38 PM
I went out to one of the camps this afternoon to do a little scouting (mostly just to get out of the house). I was wandering around the edge of a pond checking out the tracks when I hit a soft spot and sunk in over the top of my 12" boots...AGAIN! By the time I got back home my foot looked like a raisin

I'm over this and looking for new boots. They must be waterproof, light, TALL, NO lace-ups and I figured if I was going to spend the money, snake proof.

I'm really eyballing the LaCrosse Snake Charmer or Fang. Anybody familiar with this brand? Any other suggestions?

hogdogs
April 5, 2009, 11:47 PM
Lacrosse is a well made brand, least it used to be.
Have you considered the chaps?
http://www.gemplers.com/product/G11053/Stocky-Snake-Chapz-1-pr
or gaitors?
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0033694942990a&type=product&cmCat=froogle&cm_ven=data_feed&cm_cat=froogle&cm_pla=0120216&cm_ite=0033694942990a
Brent

Swampghost
April 5, 2009, 11:58 PM
Brent, I really don't worry too much about snakes, that part was just kind of an afterthought. I'm much more concerned with the water, got soaked boots and feet twice during last season. 17 or 18" boots would have saved the day on all 3 occasions.

Thanks for the LaSalle input.

hogdogs
April 6, 2009, 12:27 AM
SISSY!!!!:D I gave up on trying to stay dry many years ago! When yer up to yer armpits crossing creeks no boot keeps yer feet dry.
Had a buddy showin' off a pair of snake proof camo rubber lookin boots and how they were water proof... after a 1/4 mile wading in 3-4 foot of water complete with lily pads, I looked back and asked how dry his feet were...:rolleyes:
Brent

Doyle
April 6, 2009, 07:18 AM
I've got the Redhead (BPS) zip-up's now. They are reasonably comfortable, water "resistant" but not water proof, and pretty affordable at about $100 on sale. However, when those are worn out, I'll be looking for a set of Danners.

troy_mclure
April 6, 2009, 11:27 AM
+1 hogdog!

its either tromping thru knee deep mud/water, or snow.

onthejon55
April 6, 2009, 01:03 PM
I was wandering around the edge of a pond checking out the tracks when I hit a soft spot and sunk in over the top of my 12" boots...AGAIN!
Hahaha sounds like my Dad! He always gets mad when this happens to him when he is trying to follow me when were hunting. The difference is that at 120lbs I usually scamper across the mud while he (220lbs) sinks!

I would consider going with a cheap pair of rubber boots teamed up with snake proof gaiters.

OLNfan
April 6, 2009, 01:44 PM
I dont have to worry about the snake issue but when I know Im goin in the water I usually use gum boots and on top of that I also bring chest weighters.

hogdogs
April 6, 2009, 01:47 PM
chest weighters Them are dangerous... I try to reduce my weight for water related activity... But chest waders are far better and safer....:D
Brent

TheOldPro
April 6, 2009, 02:32 PM
Hip boots work pretty well (the kind that you can snap to your belt after you put them on), and to me they don't seem as heavy as the real tall boots. They worked well for me over about 20 years of duck hunting in marshy terrain, and are easier to get rid of in iffy situations than chest waders (weighters?) would be.

bcarver
April 6, 2009, 02:33 PM
two I like are danner lace up and muck brand.
Neither are snake proof.
I hunt around Large Timber Rattlers and they scare the crap out of me.
I have to put them out of mind.
The biggest I've seen is five foot and about as thick as a deer backstrap.

OuTcAsT
April 6, 2009, 05:48 PM
I hunt around Large Timber Rattlers and they scare the crap out of me.
I have to put them out of mind.
The biggest I've seen is five foot and about as thick as a deer backstrap


Those are good eatin' and don't put them too far out of mind. :D

RedneckFur
April 6, 2009, 05:52 PM
I cant imagine walking more than a few hundred yards in non-lace up, waterproof, snake proof boots. I bet they'd raise a crop of blisters on your feet the likes of which have never been seen.

Get yourself some good, quality leather boots, like Nicks, Whites, or Wesco's. I sometimes spend 20 hour work days fighting fire in mountainous terrain and I wouldn't trust my feet to any other boot. They're almost waterproof, but they're breathable, so if your feet get wet, the excess water will come out. They will support your feet so much better too. For snakes? Just avoid them :)

hardluk1
April 7, 2009, 01:47 PM
Swampgost I to grew up hunting in florida ,airboating off L-28 and miami canal. And buggies in the bear island and off the east west main line. Hunting in the facihatchy strand. Never could stay dry and only got snake worry 1 time in the strand. Use to hunt most of the time bearfoot. If you have to try to stay dry maybe hip waders and some snake gatters for the snakes. But you will probably sweat behind the waders during most of the season. Eat them rattlers, they fry up good.

thesecond
April 10, 2009, 09:48 AM
You might want to try these:

http://www.orvis.com/store/productchoice.aspx?pf_id=09E8&dir_id=885&group_id=909&cat_id=17451&subcat_id=6116