JON, I'd say your close to being right. We have gone thru this before, seems that everyone has their own oppinion as to what works best, being that things they have done and tried have worked for them. Already I'm at odds with your statement about the use of rubber boots. I have used them, until one morning that I had to cross a trail I was hunting. It was just cracking light, and I could see a racoon walking down the trail toward me. There were no branches or brush or tall grass at the point I crossed, just flat ground, and what little wind was in my favor. When it got to my exact crossing point, he stopped and ran back the way he came from. And then there are the times when deer have followed my tracks. One morning I had to cross a weedy field to get to my stand. First up the weedy draw was a doe with her two fawns, she hit my tracks and went back the way she came from. Next up two small 4 to 6 pt bucks, they did the same. Next up a shooter of a 8 pt, that hit my tracks and proceded to follow then right to my stand for an easy 15 yd shot. Go figure. Every body is different and every deer is different. I case you don't know from past posts, I use no cover scents at all and play the wind as best I can and I don't hunt very high. The only thing I use from time to time is a tarsal gland pinned to my pant leg. With a tarsal gland on and stopping from time to time to spray fresh buck scent on it while walking through tall grasses in the dark to my stand, and with no rubber boots, I managed to rattle in 5 different bucks that came down the very same trail with their noses to the ground that I had just walked in on, which has happened more than just this once. Never shot any of them, kept waiting for something bigger.
Everyone believes what he or she does is the right way, and if they think they can better them selves by trying things, fine. Whatever works for you. I'm not being critical of you JON about the rubberboots, do what you believe, I'm just stating what I've experienced. Different remedies for different situations, I guess. There will always be a difference of oppinion. I've had that with different people I have hunted with over the years. Some things I have learned and some I have disguarded.
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