Snkes Boots & Anti-Snakey Foot/Leg Gear


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roo_ster
August 7, 2007, 12:02 AM
Howdy:

I plan on going hunting for the first time in many a long year. One stipulation from SWMBO is that I have some sort of snakebite protection, as I will be stomping 'round South Texas.

Do any of y'all have any snake-boots, guards, etc. that have worked for y'all or you could recommend?

My first thought is to buy some Redwing linesman boots:
http://www.redwingshoe.com/productdetails.aspx?prodid=1207
http://www.redwingshoe.com/images/boots/large/2450.jpg
• Full Grain, Water Resistant Upper Leather
• Heat, Oil, and Slip Resistant Vibram® Outsole
• Electrical Hazard Rated
• Leather Welt Construction
• ASTM approved I/75 C/75
• Electrical Hazard rated
• Steel Toe
• Electrical Hazard


But, Redwing also makes Irish Setter boots & they have snake-particular boots:
http://www.irishsetterboots.com/shoe-zoom.cfm?style=832
http://www.irishsetterboots.com/images/boots/large/832.jpg
GORE-TEX Fabric Lining
Brown Worn Saddle Leather
Green Abrasion Resistant Nylon Fabric
Snakeproof
3 Bar Knit Lining
Fabric Covered EVA Footbed
Dynamic Suspension System Shank
EVA Midsole
Wingshooter DSS Sole
Goodyear Leather Welt Construction
Care: Irish Setter Mink Oil, Irish Setter Silicone


(These appeal to me because of their steel shank.)
http://www.irishsetterboots.com/shoe-zoom.cfm?style=834
http://www.irishsetterboots.com/images/boots/large/834.jpg
GORE-TEX Fabric Lining
Sunset Brown Kangaroo Leather
Brown Abrasion Resistant Nylon Fabric
Snakeproof
Moisture Wicking Nylon Lining
Comfort Cork EVA with Memory Foam, ScentBan™ Odor Inhibitor Footbed
Steel Shank
Cork PU Midsole
Bulls-Eye Air Bob Aggressive Sole
Premium Leather Flex Welt Construction
Care: Irish Setter Silicone

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance fo the benefit of your experience.

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MCgunner
August 7, 2007, 10:36 AM
I've got a 10 dollar pair of zip on flexible plastic snake gaitors I bought at Wallyworld and have been using for 20 years. Haven't tested 'em, almost a couple of times. Combined with a good, thick leather boot, they'll work.

wolf_from_wv
August 7, 2007, 10:37 AM
• Electrical Hazard rated
• Steel Toe

Might border on overkill... :)

How well do the "brush pants" work at stopping snake bites?

MCgunner
August 7, 2007, 10:56 AM
How well do the "brush pants" work at stopping snake bites?

I ain't volunteerin' to test 'em.

Bass Pro has a good selection of snake proof boots, one camo pair I always thought would be cool if they fit my foot. They're about 100 bucks. Gaitors do the job, though. I have a LOT of snakes on my place, especially in the spring. I've seen big rattlers and moccasins in the same day, same walk. Shot a rattler coiled up under my feeder once. I don't like to shoot 'em if they're not in my way, but I needed to fill the feeder. Snakes have a place in the world, just another of God's critters, but rattlers do fry up pretty tasty. I didn't waste it. :D The best offense is a good defense where snakes are concerned and the grass is tall and the brush thick down there, so I don't leave home without the gaitors when I'm going down there.

armoredman
August 7, 2007, 11:17 AM
What's the price on those Red Wings? I have to get some strap on plastic ones for my perimeter crew, snakes are all over the dadgum place.

roo_ster
August 7, 2007, 12:52 PM
armoredman:

The top pair retails for $320. Now, nobody really pays that, but there you are.

The bottom pair I saw online for $210.

Gohon
August 7, 2007, 11:37 PM
Bass Pro has a good selection of snake proof boots, one camo pair I always thought would be cool if they fit my foot. They're about 100 bucks.

I've got a pair of those. Gives plenty of protection but like most snake proof boots they are hot, stiff, and a PITA to put on and remove. The pair Bass Pro has that zip up is said to be more comfortable and of course they are easy on and off. I'm thinking of getting a pair of those and giving my son-in-law the one's I presently have. Peace of mind is what they are really all about.

Leadbutt
August 8, 2007, 02:36 PM
I have a pair of Russel snake boots and have a pair on order from them in the Turkey hunter version, I hunt mainly the edges of swamps down here and have been hit 3 times by cotton mouths, boots stopped them every time. Buddy of my uses the snake chaps and swears by them

Art Eatman
August 8, 2007, 03:48 PM
I guess that growing up in snake country around Austintatious made life easy--and cheaper. I just don't go where snakes would likely lie up. Extra caution around ledges and in tall grass.

I've always worn loose khakis over my usual 10" Birdhunters. If I'm moving and Ol' Rattler takes his shot, he's as likely to get hung up in the cloth as to get on into my leg. If he's toward the maximum reach, he's gonna hit low into my boot.

I've hunted a bunch of south Texas brush, and never had a problem. And, it's more likely during dove season than during quail/deer time.

Anyway, your worst odds are when you get up in the middle of the night to get rid of whatever you were drinking around the campfire--and you put on just any old shoe to "just be right back".

Art

Charles S
August 8, 2007, 06:04 PM
Anyway, your worst odds are when you get up in the middle of the night to get rid of whatever you were drinking around the campfire--and you put on just any old shoe to "just be right back".

Experience speaking....LOL just kidding Art. I had to rib you a little bit. Spending a bit of time hunting gave me a new appreciation for what snake country meant. I have always been around snakes growing up in Moccasin country, OTW rattlers were few and far between. When I lived in central Texas I saw a lot of rattlers. I will say...IMHO rattlers are generally not nearly as aggressive as a cotton mouth. However my experience is really quite limited and I don't claim to be an expert on the subject.

I have never used snake boots, I am however considering a nice pair of gaiters simply because I am seeing so many snakes during my dove season. I have never been bit, but it sure seems like relatilvely cheap insurance.

I really am interested in anyone's recommendation on gaiters.

HippieCrusher
August 10, 2007, 04:02 PM
I've hunted for years in the swampy and boggy areas of the Pee Dee and Coastal SC as well as Southern Alabama. Never had a problem with snakes, don't even own a pair of snake boots. The only snakes I've seen are the one's scooting away from me. A good pair of breathable leather boots will suit you fine.

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