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I responded to a post in a different traditional archery forum.   Afterwards I wondered what the thoughts would be about this topic in this forum.


I only hunt in Illinois.  Other hunting boot styles might be optimum for other states.  I look for hunting boots that are water proof, but breathable (GORE-TEX).  I want my hunting boots to be as light as possible.  I prefer low-top boots just above the ankles.  I have found that the outsole design of the hunting boot is tremendously important for me.  Once those things are met, then it is all about a proper comfortable fit.


Finding a good hunting boot outsole is currently one of the most difficult tasks.  Unfortunately for me (again hunting in Illinois), it is difficult to find good quality hunting boots that do not have awful outsoles with deep traction lugs.  Those traction lugs are only good for clogging up with dirt and debris. I have owned such boots that eventually dry rotted during storage from lack of usage.  Unless there was a drought such that the ground was very dry plus rock hard, these boots were just too much of a nuisance to clean the dirt and debris from between those deep traction lugs after any outing.  I was greatly inhibited from using such boots after their purchase.  Deep lugs serve zero purpose for me.  Deep lugs are not at all needed for good traction.  Only a very shallow raised pattern on the outsole is required for good traction.  Anything else is a detriment.  I would rather hunt with completely smooth slick outsoles rather than those awful deep traction lugs.

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HHA Legend Stick Longbows 45#, 50# & 53#
HHA Tembo Longbows 30#, 40# & 45#
Bear Montana Longbows 30#, 40#, & 50#
Lemonwood Self-Bow Longbow 30#
Ben Pearson Pony Longbow/Semi-Recurve 30# (Purchased New Summer 1966)
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Irish Setters with the white soles

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I agree with Fallhunt when he says that hard lug soles are often a poor choice in many locations. I always had good luck with standard GI combat boots. I guess I am one of those few who these boots fit well. Then some years ago, I had a close encounter with a copperhead, so now I wear snake boots all the time, even in winter. They are waterproof and actually pretty comfortable. Unfortunately they have lug soles. However, the soles are soft, which makes them quieter to walk in than hard soles would be. The soles do collect dirt pretty bad, so it is always a good idea to take them off before coming into the house. 
Sam McMichael

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Hill Wesley Special (2, both 65#)
Hill Cheetah (2, one 55# and one 40#)
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NM Shelton (2, both 53#)
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Boots are one of those personal items IMO. I prefer Danner’s. I wore out 2 pairs of issue Jungle boots and USMC leather boots hunting and hiking out West. Yes, the lugs are a pain but I learned to live with the mud and debris. My concern is traction on surfaces like bare rock when the surface is wet. I do have a set of high tops with soft soles I wear when I go to the range or for what I call “tennis shoe walks”.
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Sun City, Az. by way of San Diego, Ca. Bear TD's Wes Wallace Royal LB, ILF risers and various limbs, Vintage Works 1962 Kodiak reproduction made to my specs

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Some of the places I hunt, if I don't have any lugs on my boots, I'm not getting out of the ditches or up a hill with wet leaves. Not always a tree root for a step out of a ditch. Going down hill, no lugs equal sliding down.
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FH, I take it you don't like deep lugs???😂
completely on board with you, and I believe I have good options except my needs are water resistant(with dressing upkeep), but far from waterproof. For that, a Muck boot is unbeatable

A Crispi Monaco is hands down my favorite boot fitting most all of your description   I HIGHLY recommend them

A much less expensive boot is the Kenetrek Hiking boot, super comfortable, not as durable
 Then the Keen Targee mid boot comes waterproof, is super inexpensive, and hit and miss on durability. Depends on the sweat shop of the day, but are incredible values

I like you, hate deep lugs, and want a flexible sole...BUT, don't want thorns coming up through my soles


Dallas, Texas
62" #55 Fox High Sierra 
62" #58 Black Widow MA
64" #56 A&H ACS 
Widowmaker 350 Carbon shafts
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