Small game/upland boots-What ya got?

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  1. Axis II

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    I am in dire need of new uninsulated boots and really torn between Irish Setter wingshooters, Danner pronghorns and Rocky.

    Boots will be used for mainly rabbit and squirrel hunting, spring turkey and fall scouting.
     
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  2. Buzznrose

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    All three are great boots. I can vouch for Rocky and Danner as I’ve owned both, albeit not much in the last decade

    These days, I like Solomon and Belleville desert boots personally but mainly because that’s what I’ve mainly worn for the last 15 years…
     
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  3. Robert

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    I wore a pair or Danner Mountain Lights for years. My only complaint, I wish they were taller.
     
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  4. 1KPerDay

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    I loved my Rocky boots. They don't make the model I have anymore and I've worn mine out. But they were awesome for about 10 years of nearly daily use.
     
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    Snake boots…Chippewas to be exact for upland. Lacrosse Alpha Burlys when things get wet.
     
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  6. jmr40

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    For the money the Danner Pronghorn's are the best traditional hunting boot I've used. But more times than not I use a hiking boot. If I need more height I use gaiters. These are my most recent choice for harsh conditions.

    Oboz Yellowstone Premium Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots - Men's | REI Co-op

    If warmer weather a non gore-tex version that is lighter and cooler.

    Oboz Sawtooth II Mid Hiking Boots - Men's | REI Co-op

    For snow or wet grass I add these.

    REI Co-op Backpacker Gaiters | REI Co-op
     
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  7. entropy

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    Me too. I wore mine in the field on FTXs, wasn't allowed to wear them in garrision. I have several pairs of boots to choose from for light upland; a pair of Keens, a pair of Hi-Tec, a pair of Walmart "Winchester" light thinsulate camo boots, a pair of Irish Setters Chukkas, and Reed knee-length and Skellerup Quattro knee boots for wetlands.
     
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    Ive been using irish setter Vaprtreks, very happy with them. Had a set of danners that were very good as well, dont remember the model tho.
     
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  9. wgp

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    I have come to prefer good quality hiking boots over "hunting" boots. Get them in GoreTex so they're dry, and they are lighter and usually more comfortable. Danner and Merrill top my list.
     
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  10. FL-NC

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    I wear standard US issue desert boots pretty much always, unless it is too cold/wet for them.
     
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  11. IALoder

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    Out of the 3 I've only had Rocky's and Danners. The Rocky's we're good boots, replaced them after 2-1/2 seasons. After my first year wearing pair of uninsulated Danners Pronghorns, I bought a pair of Pronghorn 1200's. Still using both 4 1/2 years later. Comfortable and durable. When my uninsulated pair wears out, I'll probably go to a higher ankled pair of hiking boots.
     
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  12. Eagle103

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    I just wear my everyday New Balance shoes for that type of hunting. If it's wet or I'm pheasant hunting I'll pull on some 10" Tingley overshoes. Comfortable, light and waterproof.
     
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    When my Cabela's kangaroo boots started putting blisters at the ends of my toes, I bought a pair of Keen leather boots and my feet thanked me profusely. Been wearing about 10 years for field work and they are holding up well too.
     
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  14. amd6547

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    I vote Irish Setter Wingshooters. They are one of the most comfortable boots I’ve ever had on my feet.
     
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  15. mokin

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    Rocky C2Vs. Being mostly desert, I like the uninsulated, non-waterproof type. Even if they do get wet, even soaked through, they usually dry quickly.
     
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    Lightweight Meindl boots do it for me.
     
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  17. Axis II

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    I am looking at them but primarily using for rabbit hunting and afraid the tread won’t be enough for climbing creek banks and small hills.
     
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    I like Irish setters.
    But this comes down to the shape of your feet.
    Mine are long with high arches.
     
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    Danner fan here as well
     
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  20. mokin

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    Danners were my favorites for a long time. I still love them. Just too rich for my blood. When I wore them for work, they were one make I could get more than one year of wear out of.
     
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  21. mokin

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    Small game is going to open here shortly. Y'all are making me excited!
     
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    Lately, I've found hiking boots by Keen to be the most waterproof and comfortable for small game/turkey and early archery seasons.
     
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  23. amd6547

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    I have a pair of 8” Wingshooters, I think style #896. They are waterproof and lightly insulated (400gm Thinsulate). I use them a lot for winter boots and for Fall/Spring hiking. They seem to have plenty of grip.
    The original Wingshooters came out in the 1940’s and quickly became the hunting boot to have back then.
     
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  24. Chuck R.

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    For uninsulated...8" Danner Pronghorns or pair of their 453 hiking boots depending on the ground & temps.

    I got sold on Danner's after I bought my 1st pair of Ft. Lewis boots while in Germany.
     
  25. tactikel

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    Irish setters. Pricey, but a quality boot for upland hunting.
     
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