Every turkey hunter will probably tell you the same thing when they try and describe the worst part of turkey season .... snake season. No one wants to be bitten by a venomous snake while deep in the middle of the woods trying to chase gobblers, especially if they frequently go alone. About 4 or so years ago I decided to make a wise purchase and get a pair of snake boots. Living in Louisiana, we have tons of snakes so I wanted to be prepared even if I never actually needed them. Little did I know, finding a pair of women’s snake boots that would fit me correctly would not be easy.
I have fairly large calves for a girl so any pair of boots I’d find that fit in the foot did not fit the calf. After struggling to find a pair under the limited available options for "Women's Snake Boots" online, I settled for a pair of women’s Redhead snake boots. When I got them in the foot fit but the calf section DID NOT. I could get the zipper up the side, but only barely and with very little comfort. Not wanting to spend any more money towards another pair or return shipping I decided to keep them and make them work. This was not a good decision on my part. Eventually the boots began pinching my calves so bad I winced after every step. Finally after only wearing them a couple of times I decided to sell them and started the search again. After searching online once again I became very flustered and finally got the idea to look for a Men’s snake boot in a smaller size. I used to work at a sporting goods store so I knew I could wear a large Kid's shoe size but wanted to see if there were smaller options for the Men's.
This again was a different struggle on it's own because most Men's boots/shoes only go down to a size 8. I found a couple options available in Chippewa, Rocky, LaCrosse and possibly a few other brands I didn't like the options in so I can't quite remember them. I already owned a pair of the Lacrosse Alphaburly Pro rubber boots and since I thought they were the most comfortable pair of rubber boots I had put on my feet I made the decision to go with that brand. I will admit after getting the boots in and wearing them the first day they were not comfortable at all, I believe because of the large amount of leather on them. But like all shoes made with leather, after a few wears they broke in and were completely fine. Now I wear them for every turkey hunt, feeding deer, checking trail cams and working in the yard if I'm in tall grass or weeds. I normally wear a 7.5 in running shoes and a 7 in my LaCrosse Alphaburly rubber boots so I went with the size 6.5 in the Venom Snake boot (which fit perfectly).
360 degree Snake Guard: a flexible snake protection fabric is used between the liner and exterior of the boot to give you complete snake protection without weighing you down.
Full Grain & Nylon Upper: Constructed with full grain leather and 1000 Denier nylon for durability and comfort.
Scent Dry: Lacrosse's highly engineered lining wraps the entire boot for 100% waterproof protection with an antimicrobial treatment applied that fights odor forming bacteria, keeping scent minimized.
Low Country Outsole: The low-lugged outsole allows you for quiet and quick movement through snake country.
Side Zipper: Easy on and off with a waterproof side zipper.
Realtree APG: Great for turkey hunting, the Realtree APG pattern has more olive green accents for better concealment in early fall and spring.
5 lbs per pair
Traction is best for All-Terrain, Stalking
Removable Polyurethane Footbed
Snake Guard Protection
Let's face it, most of us don't want to fork over $200 for a pair of boots. With that being said, I would like to continue living my life to the fullest and being able to hunt turkeys so I believe the $200 to be a great investment especially compared to the rising cost of medical bills.
So even though I ended up having to purchase a "Men's" boot I was not disappointed. LaCrosse offers the Venom Snake boots in extended sizes for Women and they also offer a Youth style. The Men's Venom Snake boots offer sizes from 5-14 as well as a Wide Width option. They have also offered a couple other snake boots some that even resemble your ordinary rubber boots. You can find the full list here: LaCrosse Men's Snake Boots
Wishing you all the best in your outdoor adventures this spring and remember to be safe out there!