Your hunting gear can make a huge impact on the success and comfort of your hunting trip. If you don’t have enough practical hunting gear, you can find yourself working twice as hard. If you have lots of great hunting gear but don’t know how to use it, you will feel frustrated and maybe even injure yourself. It’s a delicate balance of having the right amount of hunting gear, the right type of hunting gear, and the right expertise to use that hunting gear.
Having the ideal hunting gear situation may be a lifetime in the making, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get started today.
R & K Hunting is very passionate about creating the best possible hunting experience for hunters of all types and levels, so today we’re starting with a very crucial piece of hunting gear that can make your hunt more effective and comfortable: hunting boots.
- Purchase Well. Buy the very best hunting boots you can afford, and be sure to try a couple of different sizes and styles to see which meets your needs. Remember that you usually wear thick socks, so don’t buy hunting boots that are tight on your everyday dress socks.
- Read Manufacturer Recommendations. Often the manufacturer will have guidelines and recommendations for wearing and breaking in your new boots. You may also want to check the return policy.
- Start at Home. You want to start slow and small. Try wearing your boots around your house in the evenings after work. Be sure to wear the socks and insoles you would normally wear while hunting. Eventually up the time to wear your boots around the house for a whole Saturday.
- Move Outside. Take a few laps around the block to see how it feels to walk in the hunting boots for an extended period of time. Make note of pinching or blisters.
- Hike! The last step to fully break in your hunting boots is to take them for a spin on a trail. Load up a small pack and head for the hills. Ideally, you will take several hikes, increasing time, mileage, and incline to full break in the boots.
Don’t skip these steps – they will make your feet happier and healthier so you can get the most out of your next hunting trip.