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Scope Your Hunting Boots

June 17, 2014
By Curt Grimm - Marathon Hunter , Ohio Valley Outdoors

Most hunters are familiar with the way a scope works. If the crosshairs are off, it may be close to the mark at a short distance. The greater the distance, the greater the chance of error. The shot will keep going further off the mark as you increase the distance from the target. The same is true with the shoes and boots you wear. They may look great, but you must check the bottom wear to assure that you are preventing an injury. It also affects your balance when you shoot. Looks can be deceiving relative to wear. A scope may look great and show no sign of concern, but it may prove inaccurate. Investigating the wear of the bottom of your hunting boots or shoes may prevent a similar concern. If the shoe wear is not even, a 1/4 or 1/2 inch may result in injury as you progress up your body to the knees and even the neck. Prevention is the best cure. After spending much time hunting and many miles running and hiking, I became aware of the need to watch the wear of my hunting boots and running shoes.

I have a tendency to strike the back heel of my foot to wear the inside portion of the heel. If I examine the bottom of my shoes there is greater wear to the inside. Sometimes it will be worn to the second layer of the shoes construction. This would indicate to me that their uneven balance would increase as it progressed up my body. For example, if the hill was off a 1/2 inch, the distance would increase at the knee level and grow as it moves to my shoulders. Just like a rifle scope the further the distance the greater the variance.

Relating the shoes to hunting, I also found that uneven souls of the shoes increase the chance of slipping. Keeping an eye on this has caused me to buy and change shoes often. I also found out that by alternating my hiking and running footwear, the less fatigued and sore I am.

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Being aware of the bottom of your footwear is the best solution to provide a solid foundation to make a good shot. The same can be said of your rifle scope. Photo by Gary Grimm

Different brand of shoes seem to have different points of impact. Variety seems to be the best ticket to assure less injury and more time afield. I have a rotating procedure to avoid a large expense. As one pair reaches its maturity level I replace it. I generally have six pair of running shoes and six pair of hiking boots that I alternate. It may sound like it is an expensive investment but the price of injury is far more than the price of shoes.

Being aware of the bottom of your footwear is the best solution to provide a solid foundation to make a good shot. This will prevent injury to yourself and the game.

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I also found out that by alternating my hiking and running footwear, the less fatigued and sore I am.

 
 

 

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