Stalking boots have thin and flexible soles that allow hunters to feel twigs underfoot, muffling sound and reducing scent. Different types of soles and upper heights suit different terrains and preferences. Stalking boots are also used by scientists and photographers.
Most game, such as white-tailed deer, have exceptionally acute hearing and can often hear the crunch of trampled leaves or a twig snapping a mile away. Hunters who like to stalk their prey wear special boots called stalking boots. These boots have special soles that are thin and flexible enough for a hunter to feel a twig under the boot. Normally, soles are made from rubber, rubber, or some other material that provides cushioning and muffles the sound of footsteps on fallen leaves. These boots have other benefits, such as low heels and sweat scent containment.
Many different shoe companies make specialized hunting boots, including stalking boots. Manufacturers often combine the best qualities of each type of boot and buyers should consider all the options available to them. One of the most important choices is unique type. Every hunter has a preference as to whether a rubber, rubber or leather sole is better. Many hunters like the feel of the moccasin-like sole, but others find it tires their feet.
Generally, the sole of the moccasin is thin and flexible enough to provide the best feel to the ground. Some shoemakers sell moccasins that slip over regular hunting boots to deaden sound, but this technique doesn’t offer the full-earth feel that the stalking style does. Usually, a hunter should periodically seal their moccasin-style stalking boots with water repellent to protect their feet from cold, damp morning dew or swampy areas. Another advantage of the moccasin sole is that cobblers can wrap the material in the vamp area, or upper part of the shoe, thus eliminating a seam in the sole area.
Typically, rubber or rubber outsoles offer the hunter more traction than moccasin soles. Many cobblers design artificial soles with a slightly elevated heel, and while this provides more comfort, it reduces a hunter’s ability to feel the ground. On some terrains, the exceptionally flexible moccasin-style boot performs better than thicker rubber or rubber soles, but this is generally not the case. Artificial soles are popular in many countries and with many different types of hunting, such as safari style hunting. Although cobblers sometimes call them tracking boots, they are the same.
Companies sell insulated or non-insulated stalking boots in a variety of upper heights. In snake-infested areas, a hunter should invest in boots that offer protection from snakebites. Other areas where higher uppers are practical include areas of tall grass and rocks that can scratch or scrape your calves and shins. Because higher uppers add weight, some hunters choose lower uppers to reduce fatigue.
Hunters aren’t the only people who benefit from stalking boots. Scientists and wildlife photographers also use them to track wildlife. Often the near-silent approach can increase a photographer’s chances of getting a great or rare shot. Hunting boots typically lock in the odor of the wearer’s sweat so that human odor does not alert nearby animals. This means that a photographer can get closer to her subject.