Hunters should get themselves fully prepared before heading out, and nothing ruins a hunt like having sore or wet feet. Since hunting normally involves lots of walking, footwear is critical to a good experience.
Resist the urge to wear normal hiking boots. Hiking boots can be great if conditions are perfect, but when hunting you are likely to encounter rocks, snow, mud, water, and possible cold temps.
Hunters can choose boots based on a number of factors: the material of the boots, the season, temperatures, and the hunting area and terrain. There are options we love — here are our 5 best hunting boots.
Cabela’s Meindl Men’s “Perfekt” Hunter Boots
Cabela’s meindel Men’s “Prefekt” Hunter boots are a favorite among hunters. They can be a bit on the expensive side, so you have to consider it a long-term investment. They boots have a breathable GORE-TEX layer, Thinsulate Ultra Insulation, a footbed with a moisture-managing layer, and a natural cork layer. All of this will keep moisture out, your feet dry, and your joints safe from shock, not to mention comfortable.
A good all-season boot, these do particularly well in colder weather. The DIGAfix lacing system provides a comfortable instep and heel, and there is no slippage inside the boot.
Construction quality is an A+, they feel great, and the boots are a nice height to keep burrs and seeds out of them. Every guide we have spoken to swears by them, and we have no problem recommending them to big game and bird hunters alike.
Danner Men’s Pronghorn Realtree Xtra 1200G
For all types of terrains, the Pronghorn Realtree can be a hunter’s first choice. They can always handle unpredictable environments while out and about. High-quality leather, dual-texture, and a camouflage pattern fabric are used to make this a great combination of good construction and attractive footwear.
Like many of the other boots on this list, the Pronghorns feature a combination of Goretex and Thinsulate, making for a trusted combination of source materials. We love the 8 inch height, which is ideal for many hunting spots, but perhaps a touch short if you are going to be mainly in long grass.
The boots are ideal for warm, drier conditions, and while they can handle some water, if you’re hitting swamps, we might recommend something like the Alphaburly below.
Irish Setter Men’s 2870 Vaprtrek Waterproof 8 Inch
Weighing about 40% less than other hunting boots, the Vaprtrek boots are great if lightweight footwear is a priority. The weather won’t stop you with these boots, as the ultra-dry waterproofing system will keep hunter’s feet totally dry all the time in any damp or shallow environment. For that matter, the Irish Setters might also be a good fit even when you are not hunting and just need a good all-around waterproof hiking boot for your trek.
A nice boot that is a little lower on the leg – it rises about 7 inches vs. the 10+ on many of the other boots – they double very well as an outdoor work boot. Io if you want to use them for landscaping or farm activities, they shoot up the list in our opinion.
Cabela’s Men’s 800-Gram All-Leather Iron Ridge Hunting Boots with GORE-TEX
Another awesome, durable hunting boot from Cabela’s, this option is completely suitable for any hunting adventure in any season. They provide you with a 100% waterproof hunting trip with GORE-TEX lining and keep the rain or snow away from your feet. The exterior is made of waterproof, richly oiled, full grain leather. Cabela’s knows hunting, and that proves true in everything from their boots to firearm selection to hunting optics.
We love the strength of the steel shank, which makes this boot a top choice if you find yourself walking on uneven or rocky ground or covering terrain that has downed brush or other debris.
Testers note that the boots fit and feel great right out of the box, so you likely won’t have to be too careful about how you break them in. The insulation is probably in the medium range, but with the right socks you will be warm down to potentially the single digit temps.
The rich leather is the perfect material to coat with a good boot waterproofing spray. The combo of the quality leather and the waterproofing will make this a reliable boot even when you need to trek through some mud.
Overall, this is one of the better all-purpose hunting boots we have tried.
Lacrosse Alphaburly Pro 18 1000 Insulated Hunting Boots
Do you need to keep water and moisture off your feet, ankles, and shins? This is your boot.
The Alphaburly Pro 18 1000 is not for people on a tight budget, but is great for someone who needs a tough boot for cold and wet conditions. The combination of neoprene (like the material used in wetsuits) and rubber makes a it perfect in wet elements such as duck hunting or crossing a bog.
What we like about these is the high leg coverage. You get 16 inches of solid coverage up the leg, and, without any tongue or laces to speak of, there is really no way for water to get in unless you happen to completely immerse the boot. Where they really excel is when walking in tall, wet grass. A gusset on the shin allows for you to adjust the tightness of the boot so they stay comfortable.
The insulation will help you stay warm, and we like that the neoprene/insulation system focuses on making the boots breathable so your feet don’t sweat. The boots performed well when walking on rugged terrain, which was a pleasant surprise given that they look a bit clunky.
Overall, these hunting boots are great for foul conditions, walking in long, wet, grass, and basically any condition that is not hot, dry, and rocky.