Protective Cactus Gear
Protective cactus gear isn’t expensive, but absolutely necessary. The following items are staples for pain prevention on the plains, and the poking and prodding that will follow if a spine buries deep.
LEATHER GLOVES: Purchase a heavy-duty pair of leather gloves (the thicker the better) from your local farm- or ranch-supply store. I personally prefer those with padded palms. This extra padding prevents small spines from penetrating, and will prevent larger spines from being driven too deep.
KNEE PADS: The ones that come with your pricy camo pants aren’t enough. Cactus spines will push through these like they’re butter. Your best bet is a pair that features a full plastic outer and a padded inner. The plastic prevents spines from penetrating and the padded inner keeps you comfortable. Those sporting a not-toosoft gel outer work great as well, and are a tad quieter when crawling across arid landscapes, which is a benefit if you’re hunting big game.
SNAKE BOOTS: Snake boots not only thwart the fangs of nasty rattlesnakes, but will also keep spines from shooting into your foot, ankle and lower leg.