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#1 Grncrestliner

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 08:04 AM

I have not been happy with any of my footwear for trying to sneak on deer.  Last year my son did a 3 hour stalk in his socks and it worked.  I have tried to avoid that but I haven't found anything to wear for the final approach that makes sense. Any suggestions?  I noticed on the show Solo Hunter that one of the hunters was putting on something that had a thin rubber sole. Not sure what product that was.  My best choice so far has been a pair of old worn out chukka type boots with really thin soles but they are not great.  They are comfortable but virtually no traction so I can't wear them and hike on steep hillsides.  I do have some really old Chuck Taylors that are basically worn out and I thought about carrying those in my pack and putting them on when sneaking in on a buck.



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Posted 16 May 2018 - 08:46 AM

SneekTec makes these neat little strap-on boot sole covers you put over your boot. The soles have a thick cushion and have a fuzzy ?berber? carpeting on them. While it only partially muffles things in the "potato chips" and dry grass... when you have to walk on actual dirt, like with grit in it, it makes you go almost completely silent! I use mine for walking in to my stand spot on the ground. If I hug the chaparral line I can walk in the exposed dirt at its base most of the way in and my feet aren't making a sound. It's only those parts where I have to walk thru tall dry grass or the dried crackly oak leaf "potato chips" that it's helpful affect is maybe... scrubbing off (30%-40%)? of the sound? You do give up a teensy bit of traction compared to your boots when climbing stuff, but I haven't found it to be a bothersome amount.


Edited by TheGDog, 16 May 2018 - 08:49 AM.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 12:41 PM

I use a pair of street running shoes and learn to walk on the balls of your feet.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 12:42 PM

Thick pair of socks followed by an insole and another thick pair of socks. Thicker the better. This isn't for traveling, this is for the last 100 yards. If the terrain isn't too abusive then just go with socks. I recommend carrying a separate pair just for that. Wise man told me once: "If you're making noise, you're moving to fast"
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 01:57 PM

Neoprene hybrid dive socks.  A cross between a dive sock and a dive boot.

 

https://scubapro.joh...-dive-sock-25mm



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Posted 20 May 2018 - 08:18 AM

Next time you are out hiking try a slow walk, walking on the edges of your boots, do not walk flat footed you will cut down your noise by 75%.

 

SneekTec work good,

waiting boots work good but ware out fast 


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Posted 20 May 2018 - 09:20 AM

NEw Balance MT10

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#8 Pulaski

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 05:51 PM

I have a questions to you seasoned hunters...If one is used to it, would walking barefoot be a problem? Scent wise, socks or barefoot would not be much difference would it?

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 06:02 PM

If you have surfer feet sure

Me no like torn in foot!

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 07:18 PM

I surf and I still ant going to with something on my foot 


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#11 Pulaski

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 06:01 PM

I answered my now question yesterday. I went out rabbit hunting with my son and was looking at the ground and crunchy thorns and thinking that I would not want to be barefoot on that ground. I am very used to barefoot and even hike that way sometimes but I realized that most of the time the ground is dirt or rocky.

 

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P.P.S. Came back with 3 jackrabbits. Not bad for a couple of hrs out...My son was happy.



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Posted 30 May 2018 - 06:21 AM

I hunt a lot of cholla country.  No barefooties for me!  Trail runners on slooooowww speed!



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Posted 01 June 2018 - 09:48 PM

Cholla country is BRUTAL!!!  My bro lives in middle of Mojave Desert out in Golden Valley, Near Kingman AZ.  The Chollas shed dried bits of themself onto the desert floor. I had a pair of SneekTec's on because was stalking the rabbits. Bad idea. Ended up just leaving the SneekTec's there because they took in and loaded-up with a butt-load of thorns/quils. NEVER use a product like SneekTec out in that type of Desert terrain!

In Chaparall though.. the SneekTec are the bomb! No discernable footprint either, so no hunter following your path!


Edited by TheGDog, 01 June 2018 - 09:48 PM.

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 10:39 PM

So you left them there to decompose?

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 11:40 PM

Be vewwy vewwy quiet I am hunting wabbits!

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