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Getting ready to buy a pair of snakeproof boots, does anyone have any recommendations?
 
Posts: 527 | Location: New Orleans,La. | Registered: 27 September 2003Reply With Quote
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Chippewa's...they come in men's and women's sizes!
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I believe these are the ones my wife and I have: http://www.chippewaboots.com/boots/snake_boots/23913


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Posts: 1187 | Location: Tomball or Rocksprings with Namibia on my mind! | Registered: 29 March 2008Reply With Quote
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If you want to go chaps, then Rattler's is the way to go......Natchez carries these + others. $40 and change, varying sizes, zippers, waterproof, can put on over boots..........r in w.
 
Posts: 557 | Location: Wenatchee, Washington | Registered: 26 April 2012Reply With Quote
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i also use the chaps. much lighter, cooler in hot weather( which is when snakes are a problem anyway,) on and off in seconds, MUCH cheaper. for $35-50 you are protected. snakes strike at your shin/ foreleg. they don't bite you on the foot, except in rare circumstances. i have been bitten once( lower calf) and have had 3 dogs bitten, all in the last 5 years. i now wear chaps/leggings when i get out in the pasture. put on a pair of knee high snake boots and go for a walk in 100 plus degree weather- especially if the terrain is hilly. no contest.
 
Posts: 8569 | Location: Georgia | Registered: 28 October 2006Reply With Quote
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Rattly-type Snakes are almost as common as grasshoppers in the "truck farming" fields and cotton fields west and south of Phoenix.

In fact, it is quite possible to get struck several times when walking across some of the irrigated vegetable fields out between Wickenburg and Aguila. The snakes lie up on the moist ground under the plants to get out of the 110+ degree sunshine.

So, I never rely on boots out there...or at least not just boots. Whatever footwear I have on, I add hard plastic snake guards which run from the bottom of the ankle to the top front of the knee anytime I'm going into one of those fields.

They're flexible hard thick plastic and just "pop" around your legs , and "Pop" off when you want them off....and they're cheap like Borscht.

You know they're worth any money spent on them when you walk down a row in the field and hear several "clanks" as you're struck multiple times before you get to the other end of the row.

P.S., you also think twice about having a "doggy door" here if you're smart. Was a picture in the paper last week of a lady's kitchen sink area here in town. She has a doggy door for her pooch. She got up the other morning to hear the pooch raising a bit of a fuss in the kitchen...so she went in and the dog was barking at something under the sink. She opened the cabinet door to look there, and coiled up under her sink was a nice-sized rattler. Pest control says it was undoubtedly another one of those which came into the house to get cool, through the doggy door. Looked to be kinda fat and maybe 4'-5' long, possibly longer, all nicely coiled up under the drain trap.


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A 2' section of 6" stove pipe. cheap + effective.
 
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Posts: 2097 | Location: Gainesville, FL | Registered: 13 October 2004Reply With Quote
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OK I have a question...

I hunt on a lease in Texas where we have BIG Diamondback rattlesnakes, large Copperheads, and MEAN Cotton Mouth Water Moccossins...

We kill several Rattlers and Copperheads in Camp every year, not to mention the ones we kill outside of camp.

SO, here is my question, Who here on AR has been struck by a poisonous snake while wearing snake "proof" boots/leggings?

Has anybody been "bit" without such protective gear?

Just curious.


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Posts: 16134 | Location: Texas | Registered: 06 April 2002Reply With Quote
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Danner lace up knee high snake boots. Stepped on one rattler but was not bit, have killed several....
 
Posts: 589 | Location: Austin TX, Mexico City | Registered: 17 August 2005Reply With Quote
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Posts: 545 | Registered: 08 August 2005Reply With Quote
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OK I have a question...

I hunt on a lease in Texas where we have BIG Diamondback rattlesnakes, large Copperheads, and MEAN Cotton Mouth Water Moccossins...

We kill several Rattlers and Copperheads in Camp every year, not to mention the ones we kill outside of camp.

SO, here is my question, Who here on AR has been struck by a poisonous snake while wearing snake "proof" boots/leggings?

Has anybody been "bit" without such protective gear?

Just curious.


I have not been bit. However, I have a close friend who was struck while wearing snake boots. He was struck by a moccasin. What scared him was that it struck just below the top of his boots and it was not a big snake. He wears chaps now.

My wife is a hand surgeon. She has operated on several people who have been bit. Listening to her describe it, it does not sound pleasant in the least.
 
Posts: 10401 | Location: Orlando, FL | Registered: 26 January 2006Reply With Quote
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I have been bit without leggings-in fact I was in shorts and sandals. 2 days in ICU, 2 more days in a regular hospital bed, another week in bed at home. The pain and swelling were unreal- not to mention a hospital bill of $72,000 , mainly from 18 vials of anti-venin.this was from a western diamondback.
 
Posts: 8569 | Location: Georgia | Registered: 28 October 2006Reply With Quote
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I've been hit on the boot. One fang hit the sole of the boot, the other fang hit the area where the boot is sown to the sole. My foot was in the air at the time and one of the fangs must have gone just under my little toe. Venom got inside the boot and on my toe. It burned painfully even without penetrating. I could not get rid of the burning when I put those boots on. Wound up after replacing the insoles to no avail, after messing with them for another six months, I had to throw the boots away. These were just regular roper boots, not snake proof boots.

I wear Chippewa brand snake boots. They have a leather bottom and ballistic nylon top that's trimmed with leather. Slip on, not lace up. They are the most comfortable boots that I own, although a little bit warm.
I have been told by people in the boot making business that there has never been a documented case of a snake biting through a leather boot.
I live in an area that has a lot of big western diamondbacks. I was hit on the boot at our local skeet and trap range, by a little snake only about 18" long, he sure had potent venom though.


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Posts: 1650 | Location: , texas | Registered: 01 August 2008Reply With Quote
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Where are they guys from OZ ? They have lots of bad ones . I remember a TV show about a pistol match but before the match guys went through the range with shotguns to clear out the snakes !
 
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I wear a pair of Rockies, and a pair of Redhead brand snake boots. I have stepped on several copperheads and had several close calls with rattlers and moccasins.

The day I get hit is the last day I wear those boots. Not worth taking a chance having a piece of fang left in the boot.



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Those Chippewa bison moc toes look might sweet, and they would go nicely with riding breeches.
I was struck in the boot while fly-fishing a creek on Philmont Ranch as a Boy Scout in 1968. Left a mark in the leather. Glad I had not switched to my Chuck Taylor's!


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Posts: 13065 | Location: Alamogordo, NM | Registered: 03 June 2000Reply With Quote
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According to the owner of Rio Boots down here in the Rio Grande Valley, home of huge western diamondbacks, there has never been a documented case of a snake biting through a regular pair of quality leather boots.


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I have a pair of Chippewa. My wife is on her second. Very comfortable.


 
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Posts: 940 | Location: NYB | Registered: 01 July 2002Reply With Quote
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Never thought much about snakes until you guys scared the shit out of me.

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Posts: 1715 | Location: Seattle Washington, USA | Registered: 19 January 2004Reply With Quote
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No need to be scared. Anti=venom is only $5,000.00 per vial. Might take 10-20 or more vials to treat a severe bite.


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Posts: 1650 | Location: , texas | Registered: 01 August 2008Reply With Quote
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I use Turtle Skin snake gaiters for upland hunting in California, Arizona, and Baja Mexico. Rattlesnakes can be a real nuisance. I also wear them pig hunting when the snakes are out. I think with their high tech fabric, they are the lightest product out there.
 
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No need to be scared. Anti=venom is only $5,000.00 per vial. Might take 10-20 or more vials to treat a severe bite.

When I got nailed by a western diamondback 7 years ago, it was only $3000/vial. Of course it took 18 vials, 2 days in ICU, 2 more days in a regular hospital room. Total bill was over $75,000 not to mention 10 more days in bed at home, so 2 weeks off work( I was self employed). Snake leggings are a lot cheaper( don't use snake boots as they are too hot and heavy).
 
Posts: 8569 | Location: Georgia | Registered: 28 October 2006Reply With Quote
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Since I own what the neighbors have dubbed "Snake Lake", I actually own two pair of snake boots. I have a pair of Lacrosse Alpha Venom that are great, just hard for me to put on and take off since I have small ankles. Then they slip around when I wear them. Recently, I bought a pair of side zip snake boots from Sportsman's Guide. Not expensive and they fit a LOT better and are very comfortable.

In the end, either pair is better than going without in an area where the cottonmouths are 5' long and 3-4" in diameter. If we know the year is going to be a good one for snakes, the neighbor across the road and I do a cottonmouth roundup on his pond and my lakes, which are strip mine type lakes.


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