THE BEST BOOTS
I hear more horror stories about cheap, ill-fitting boots ruining mountain elk hunts than any other single item. For many hunters, footwear is almost an afterthought, but if you’re planning an elk hunt, you need to find the right boots—boots that are warm, comfortable, waterproof, light and durable. I had a pair of boots de-sole in the mountains once; as you can imagine, that type of footwear catastrophe can pretty much halt the progress of a hunt.
I won’t let that happen again. You need to buy your elk hunting boots well ahead of time and break them in. Walk over rough and uneven ground to be certain they support the foot and ankle and are tough enough for serious climbing chores.
My go-to elk hunting boots are Danner’s Gilas ($200) and Browning’s Buck Shadow ($150). I’ve hunted hard in both of these boots and have never had any issues.