Snake gaiters for kids?


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Fat_46
January 27, 2013, 11:55 AM
My 10 year old daughter will be joining me on my annual Father's day prairie dog hunt this coming June. Apparently, my Google-bilities are not up to snuff, as I'm having difficulty finding something that will fit her. I really don't want chaps, as they can be hot as heck, and its usually hot enough without them(104 on the second day last year)!

She tried on my gaiters, but was unable to bend her knees. Ideally I'd like to find something with a wicking lining and above the knee coverage that will also let her wear short.

I've gone 2 consecutive years without seeing one, which guarantees a bumper crop this year!

Thanks in advance!

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Art Eatman
January 27, 2013, 01:17 PM
Can you take gaiters like yours and shorten them for her? Sheet-metal shears can deal with thin plastic, quite easily. Available at any hardware store. Cheaper than anti-venin.

Fat_46
January 27, 2013, 02:35 PM
Thanks for the suggestion Mr. Eatman. While I'd considered it, it would reduce the efficacy of the gaiters something fierce. Her legs just aren't that long, and cutting down a pair would leave her with about 10" of protection. The last rattle I brought home was from a 6' Western Diamondback. According to most "rules of thumb" that gives it a strike distance of 24".

Maybe napalm is really the best bet!

2zulu1
January 27, 2013, 08:16 PM
Have you checked Cabela's?

Western style boots can also be helpful. In these parts, if you see one rattler, look for a second one. :) Also, be extremely cautious when picking things up by hand.

rcmodel
January 27, 2013, 09:22 PM
above the knee coverage that will also let her wear short.

The problem with short legs and long snakes is the snake can strike higher then the kid size gaiters.

Chaps & boots would offer better protection.

As would long pants, not shorts!!

rc

dprice3844444
January 27, 2013, 10:00 PM
snake boots?

Fat_46
January 27, 2013, 10:53 PM
So a few different search terms in the Googles gave me a link to Tiemann's in Texas, which i think has an ideal solution. http://www.tiemannsoftexas.com/prod01.htm

Nylon lined(which may get sweaty) but lightweight and in her size.

I'd hate for a fun trip (plus an extra 5 days at Devils Tower, Rushmore, etc.) tp turn into an ER trip!

40 rod
January 27, 2013, 11:31 PM
Tell her its a pioneer dress up event. A full length skirt,boomer,and boots.

MCgunner
January 28, 2013, 10:57 AM
I used to use semi-hard plastic zip on gators, uncomfortable for ME, let alone a kid. I have snake boots now, bought at Academy for about 80 bucks, Magellan brand. They've already paid for themselves as a ratter struck me mid calf on the boot as I was walking to check my hog trap one day. Now, a kid, mid calf on me might be mid BUTT on a 10 year old girl. Kinda scary.

MCgunner
January 28, 2013, 10:59 AM
So a few different search terms in the Googles gave me a link to Tiemann's in Texas, which i think has an ideal solution. http://www.tiemannsoftexas.com/prod01.htm

Nylon lined(which may get sweaty) but lightweight and in her size.

I'd hate for a fun trip (plus an extra 5 days at Devils Tower, Rushmore, etc.) tp turn into an ER trip!

Looks like the deal to me. 17" for the kid size. My snake boots come up to just below the knee and are only 15". These should do the job methinks.

rodensouth
January 30, 2013, 01:22 PM
Those cordura chaps that Fat 46 linked are what my dad got me when I was 11 or 12. They break in pretty well, no blisters or anything. Can get warm, but I think anything effective will. I wore them until I was 17 cause he bought them as long as my inseam.

I'm 41 and use snake boots now, but sometimes I miss that coverage above the knee.

Deer_Freak
January 31, 2013, 02:39 PM
It might be best to teach the child the proper usage of a stick. She will learn to deal with snakes, bullies and even stray dogs.

Fat_46
January 31, 2013, 11:28 PM
Deer freak - ever try to find a tree or a stick in central Sodak? You know what they say, in the Dakotas, there's a pretty girl behind every tree!

rayatphonix
February 2, 2013, 10:42 AM
You may also check ebay. Kids outgrow their clothes and something like snake chaps isn't used a lot and can often be found in good shape at good prices.

MCgunner
February 2, 2013, 07:14 PM
Snake boots or chaps beat sticks and shot loads every time for snakes. If you can see it to whack it, you can just walk around it. It's the unseen one that my snake boots paid for themselves with one fine spring day. I coulda shot it, but it woulda been too late.

Takem406
February 3, 2013, 08:32 PM
We shot a town on a friends place that's really bad for snakes. So we just shot out of the bed of the pickup.

We used the top of the cab as out shooting bench. Never saw any snakes but it protected us and gave us a better view.

I really wish I had a pet honey badger though!

Actually have been lucky and haven't seen many snakes while hunting lately. Even during archery loper.


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