For an outdoor television producer this time of year is always difficult. With exhibitions and conventions for the Wild Sheep Foundation, SHOT Show, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Safari Club International it’s more like trade show season than anything else. With duck season winding down and archery white-tailed deer hunting closing across the country, everyone is patiently waiting for the spring spawn and turkeys!
For me I’m just sitting in my Las Vegas hotel room trying to catch my breath after four long and crazy days of walking the SHOT Show floor. The fact that I have a blister on both heels has absolutely nothing to do with my Chippewa Boots – for the simple reason I haven’t been able to wear them! Unfortunately this go-around required a full-blown monkey suit, including a new pair of dress shoes. This is not the usual boot friendly attire I’ve grown accustomed to in my 14 years of outdoor production.
As I perused the latest advances in ammo, binos, blinds, camo, decoys, firearms, hearing protection, and general outdoor toy technology the thought occurred to me – this is the first monthly installment since January 2010 (ironically SHOT Show) that hasn’t centered around a specific outdoor adventure. So, I thought why not look back at 2011 and pick the Top 3 boots that got me from Washington’s Snohomish River Valley to the New River Gorge of West Virginia. It’s sort of a year in review. So here we go.
No. 3 – 10” Briar Pitstop Logger
Trail building on the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in the Appalachian Wilderness last year was my only opportunity to return to the timber. Not since I documented the Philmont Scout Ranch conservation project in June 2010 had I participated on another trail building crew. No surprise the 10” Briars were up to the challenge proving once again why they’re best in category!
No. 2 – Upland 6” Briar Bison w/ Shark Tip
The September 1st dove season opener has to be the classic American fall social event of the year! And hands down the best outdoor experience you can share with friends and family – young and old. The 6” briar bison is the perfect compliment to any sportsman’s outdoor wardrobe!
No. 1 – Arctic 9” Bay Apaches
Elk hunting in Wyoming’s Laramie Range was by far the biggest test for my feet and my trusty Chippewa Boots this season. Wind, weather, a steep gradient, and 40-pounds of excess camera equipment helped to thoroughly break in my boots and solidify the Top Spot as the best boots I wore all year!
So there it is, the list of the best boots to take on an adventure of your own. I’d love to know how your boots stack up!
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