One of the other demands of stillhunting besides the necessity of moving slowly, when you move at all, is the ability to move quietly. To make this easier, the use of the right footwear is vital.
Unfortunately, 90% of the hunting boots made are NOT made for stillhunting, as they have soles that are usually of the Vibram/thick lug type. With these kind of soles it's virtually impossible to move through the woods quietly, as you cannot feel what you are stepping on, and the sounds of crunches and snaps accompany your every move.....not good.
What is needed is thin soled footwear, that enables you to feel the ground under you, so that if you feel that your about to step in a twig, that you can back off. This type of sole also enables you better feel the ground when you set the OUTER edge of your foot down first, so that you can slowly roll the rest of your foot down, thus minimizing the amount of ground contact your foot has at any one time......"quieter".
Some western and mountain hunters wear their regular heavy boots for climbing, and then slip those off and either make their final stalk in stocking feet or they may even carry a pair of moccasins. For most whitetail hunting this is not necessary, as you are not having to cover vast areas, and very little of it involves negotiating scree slopes and rock slides.
I personally use regular Converse "sneakers" (what we all used as kids before "running shoes" were invented), that are a size bigger, so that I can wear a couple pair of socks and a thinsulate bootie in when it gets colder. I can feel sticks and even marble sized rocks with these, and makes stepping quietly far easier. This is not my idea. I saw an old photo of Fred Bear who hunted in these, and they DO work! Another example of "low tech" carrying the day. I spray mine with a waterproofing agent that keeps dew off, but when it's truly wet and the temps start getting down in the 20's and low 30's then I go to a thinsulate lined Bean's Maine Hunting Shoe.
When you stillhunt your feet don't get as cold as when you are sitting, so you really don't need that heavy of a boot. Basically, I like to use footwear that's thin soled enough that if I did want to cover a lot of ground with I'd probably bruise the bottom of my foot. Yes.....THAT thin.
How about the rest of you?
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