July was a good month here on the East Coast for a whole lot of reasons, it was by far the warmest July we have had here, grass was still ticking along and we had a few great hunts–one in particular.
Often we get the privilege to share a first Big Game Hunting Experience with a hunter, I call it a privilege because usually the success means a very happy hunter and their joy is infectious, its pretty humbling and means a lot to us helping a hunter become one.
Steve hadn’t taken a deer before he had however shot plenty of small game so hunting wasn’t totally foreign to him, after a quick session on the range we set about hunting our back country looking for a free range Red hind. The timing of Steve’s visit was good, fine weather and because it was mid winter–plenty of deer, they don’t like forested areas during the cooler months preferring to stay within the leafless willows and poplars for cover, its warmer in these spots and the grass is much sweeter. Within an hour we had a small group of deer spotted but with a swirling thermal breeze we spooked them, open country hunting isn’t easy and a fickle morning breeze had bit us in the arse, fortunately the lead of the group bolted leaving another handful of deer still to come through the saddle heading for cover. Our only opportunity was in fact the last hind in the group, although she came through oblivious to her friends having bolted she wasn’t entirely settled, her fawn from last year flanked her while she grazed nervously the distance was just over 300 yards, not an easy distance for a beginner but with scope dialled in, bipod dropped and a nice stable platform it was a few heavy breaths and the rest was history.
Steve’s first Shot at a deer was pretty useful, a heart shot at over 300 yards he was now a hunter and it was pretty cool sharing the whole deal not to mention being able to get the whole hunt on film with several cameras.
The other good thing that happened in July was I get a new pair of Boots!, The Hunters Element Foxtrot Boots arrived and like one of Cinderella’s sisters I was gagging to try them…
After three weeks of hunting I have a few comments and in short I really rate them, having become very fussy on what goes on the toes I have been wearing expensive German boots the past four years, I think its very important what you wear on your feet , to me comfort, support and weight of a boot matter there is nothing worse than having all that wrong especially if a bit of a grunt is required, a lame hunter is an unhappy hunter. What I liked straight off was the nice ankle support and soft base, there is no breaking in period with these numbers–put them on a and go hunt. The grip is very good a no slip hungry for mud pattern is exceptional on soft country.
After recent rain I was very impressed, the sole being soft will lend well for bow hunters, being able to feel the ground a must when sneeking. In conclusion I prefer them over the more expensive heavier ‘slower” German boots, the grip is far superior with the Foxtrot boots and my feet feel great after a big day on the hill. If there was one item of Hunters Element gear to purchase and you were just starting out hunting with a tight budget this would be a great first investment.
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