From small game and upland birds to big game, waterfowl and even the creatures that define the term “top of the food chain," hunting offers a priceless bond with the natural world, food for the table and a welcome respite from the world’s daily grind.Learn More
All About Hunting
From small game and upland birds to big game, waterfowl and even the creatures that define the term “top of the food chain,” hunting offers a priceless bond with the natural world, food for the table and a welcome respite from the world’s daily grind.
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If just one in three hunters add one new person to our hunting traditions, we’ll secure a strong future for generations to come. Be the one. Ignite the passion that can change the course of someone’s life forever. For all hunting has done to enrich your life, join the +ONE movement and invite someone hunting. Share your experience with posts on social media. #PlusOneMovement.
Hear the words “deer hunting” and you’ll likely think of the ubiquitous whitetail—and for good reason. You can find this species in 44 states, usually in plentiful numbers on private and public lands. In five of the six states the whitetail doesn’t call home, you can still deer hunt, but in Alaska and California it will be for the elusive black-tail, Nevada and Utah are home on the range for mule deer, and Coues deer have Arizona for an address. (Trivia: The only state that lacks a native deer population is Hawaii!).
With a helicopter rise at the flush preceding its zippy horizontal flight for yonder, a long tail that’s distracted more than a few hunters to miss and a cackle that mocks when you do, this gaudy bird reigns the world of upland bird hunting. So popular is this bird in the vast plains of the Midwest that opening day is legitimate cause to skip school, work, church and afternoon college football. If you’ve ever been to an opening day in Pierre, South Dakota, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.
Considered one of the most majestic animals on the continent, the Rocky Mountain elk is emblematic of western hunting. From the bugling of herd bull monarchs keeping their harems of cows in line to the breathtaking vistas and, oh, those towering tiers of antlers, this is a prized experience for anyone with the patience to hike the miles and put the hours in behind a binocular to plan a stall. Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah are always top destinations, but reintroduced populations in states like Kansas, Kentucky,
They’re not just for Thanksgiving anymore! In fact, America’s wild turkeys are as much a sign that spring is here as the Easter bunny. With eyesight that puts an eagle to shame and an all-too-often reluctance to come within range despite the lively “conversation” between bird and a hunter’s slate call, spring turkey seasons are a challenge that see camo-clad, shotgunners head to the woods and fields in droves.
Four flyways, colorful species small and large, the art of the decoy and the thrill of a Labrador retriever leaping over the boat’s bow to make an enthusiastic retrieve of goose or duck make waterfowling one of the most thrilling hunting sports around. It’s also one of the oldest—drawings of waterfowl have been found in Ice Age caves, Egyptian tombs and even the artwork of B.C.-era Peru. America’s earliest settlers from “across the pond” found their new home in the East boasted a nearly unlimited supply of ducks, geese and swans—good eating for starving Colonials.
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WHERE TO HUNT
Hunting preserves—private, regulated properties that stock game animals—are a great resource for hunters. They provide a controlled environment and an increased chance for success. Big-game preserves often include one-on-one guiding, great for novices, while upland bird preserves are a favorite for training young bird dogs.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Hunting Basics And Tips
Hunting safety is the first priority
Read hunting laws and regulations
Wear proper hunting gear
Essential hunting equipment
Go with a friend
Obtaining A Hunting License
Hunting licenses can be purchased at various places, including local firearms retailers and angler supply stores, as well as directly from the local wildlife management departments online. States usually require hunters to take a hunter education course before they take to the woods, but many make exceptions if the hunter will be accompanied by a fully licensed and experienced hunter through an apprenticeship program.
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Why You Need To Be Hunting Squirrels Right Now
A summertime squirrel hunt is a great way to sharpen your shooting skills, tune up your gear and scout for deer.By Andrew McKean What if I told you about a hunting opportunity that’s happening right now, which offers abundant access to productive land, requires a minimum of technical gear, and provides the chance to bring home tasty meat that is routinely overlooked for its palatability? You’d probably think I was blowing smoke, but I’m talking about one of the most neglected and productive hunts in the U.S.—for common tree squirrels. Squirrel seasons start now, in the lazy days of late summer, giving you time (and an excuse) to get out in the woods to scout for deer while also ground-truthing the gear that you’ll rely on all autumn. But you don’t need an excuse to go squirrel hunting. The first argument in its favor is that squirrels live almost everywhere, from the leafy hardwoods of the East to the piney woods of the South to the mountains of the West. Squirrel hunting is also a great way to introduce new shooters to small-game hunting. The two squirrel species most often pursued by hunters are the largest and most widely distributed: the fox (or red) squirrel, and the gray squirrel. While peripheral habitats can hold squirrels, you’ll have the best luck finding summertime squirrels in their core habitats of nut-producing hardwoods, especially oak and hickory stands. But here’s the other appeal: hardwoods define a lot of public land east of the Mississippi, from small tracts of county land to larger state game lands and wildlife management areas, to big U.S. Forest Service tracts. Find hardwoods, and you’ll almost certainly find squirrels. But don’t neglect private land, either. Your chances of getting permission to hunt a patch of farm-country hardwoods for squirrels is orders of magnitude better than getting on that same land for deer.
Summer Squirrel TacticsNow that you know where to find them, how do you hunt squirrels? You’ll change tactics once the leaves drop, but for summertime squirrels, when the critters can be hidden in the dense green foliage, the best approach is to first walk and then sit and listen for rustling high in the branches. Patience is a virtue with this style of hunting, because not only must you positively identify that the movement is being made by a squirrel, but you must wait for a clean shot. Try sitting near the top of a steep hillside that drops into a ravine or creek drainage. Your elevation will provide you with a better view of the upper limbs of trees that hold squirrels, and you can look over several acres of trees on the slopes below you. Another benefit to hilltop stands, especially for rifle hunters, is that your shots will be traveling safely downward, often with a tree trunk or limb behind the squirrel to stop your bullet. [caption id="attachment_35593" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In summer, use a low-power 8x24 or 8x32 binocular to scan areas where you hear or see leaves moving, then be ready to follow up positive identification with a rifle shot.[/caption] A small binocular—either an 8x24 or 8x32—is useful for this sort of surveillance. Scan areas where you hear or see leaves moving, then be ready to follow up positive identification with a rifle shot.
Later Season SquirrelsVisibility in hardwoods improves greatly once fall arrives and trees drop their leaves. Squirrel hunting can be red-hot for the first few weeks of the bare-branch season. [caption id="attachment_35594" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Find a quiet place to sit, let the woods settle down then listen. In summer, you’ll likely hear squirrels in the leafy treetops. Once leaves drop, listen for squirrels rustling leaves on the forest floor.[/caption] This is the nut-gathering season for squirrels, and they’re working overtime to store acorns, hickory nuts, and chestnuts for winter consumption, so they’re often visible and vulnerable. If summer was .22 season, the fall is a better time for a shotgun. Walk the woods and look for snap shots on the forest floor as squirrels run from tree to tree and scamper up trunks. But if you prefer a rifle, then sit on a hillside, wait for the forest to settle down from your intrusion, and then take longer shots at squirrels pausing from their nut-gathering mission. This can also be a wait-and-listen game, only at this time of year, you’re listening for the loud rustle of squirrels moving through dried leaves. You’d be amazed how often a 2-pound squirrel can sound like a 200-pound whitetail buck moving through the woods.
Guns and Loads[caption id="attachment_35595" align="aligncenter" width="600"] While a .22 Rimfire rifle is an excellent choice for squirrels, when you want a little more reach, consider a scoped .17 rimfire, like Savage’s A17.[/caption] The most effective all-around squirrel gun is a scoped .22. You want a rifle that can repeatedly stack shots inside a 2-inch bullseye at 50 yards. Good options include the durable Ruger 10/22, Browning’s T-Bolt, or Marlin’s Model 60 or 795. An accurate .22 pistol, such as Browning’s Buck Mark, topped with a red-dot sight is another great squirrel rig. If you want to opt for a little more range, consider a .17 rimfire; the light, fast Savage A17 in .17 HMR is a good choice. A suppressor is a smart addition, because its blast-taming muzzle keeps you from announcing yourself to squirrels with every shot you take. For shotguns, there’s no need to go heavier than a 20 gauge, and a 28 gauge or even .410 is a better choice. The Federal’s Heavyweight TSS (Tungsten Super Shot) is a wonderful squirrel load. Designed for turkeys, the size 9 shot delivers great penetration and range and is a good choice for a walk-about squirrel hunter who doesn’t want to lug around a heavy shotgun.
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How To Skin A Squirrel
Use a knife with a stout blade but sharp drop point for squirrel-skinning chores.By Andrew McKean If you haven't hunted squirrel before check out this squirrel hunting article first. Especially if you’re hunting in the heat of summer, you’re going to want to field dress and cool squirrels pretty quickly after you add them to your game bag. Here’s a quick way to get rid of heat-trapping hide and cool down the thighs and shoulders of a red or gray squirrel. The bonus: you don’t have to field dress, or remove the guts, from inside the squirrel, so this is a relatively bloodless and clean way to produce pieces of meat that, after they’re washed, are ready for the frying pan or stew pot.
- Make incisions around both hind legs, then slit up the inside of each leg to the anus, there your slits should join.
- Stand on the squirrel’s tail and pull the skin upward from the leg incisions. If the squirrel is still cool, the skin should come off fairly easily; if it’s cold, you may have to encourage the skin by making short cuts as you pull.
- The skin should come off as an inverted tube. Keep pulling until the shoulders and upper legs are skinless.
- Then cut the shoulder bones at the first joint and the neck just below the head. You’ll now have a skinless carcass with the tail attached.
- Remove the tail by cutting it at the first joint behind the rump.
- Spread the thighs until the hip bones pop out of their joints. Then cut behind each thigh, detaching the hip ball from the socket, and cut through to remove both thighs.
- Cut from the neck back along each side of the backbone, and then down and around each shoulder to remove each front quarter.
- Put each skinless quarter inside a breathable bag (don’t use plastic, because it will trap bacteria-causing heat), and keep hunting, knowing that you’re gaining tasty, healthy meat with each “chicken-of-the-tree” you add to your bag.
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Mentoring New Deer Hunters in Under-Represented Communities
https://youtu.be/mj7QZAQhb8o“Our ultimate goal is that [Field to Fork hunt participants] self-identify as a hunter, to say ‘I am a hunter, this is something can do and I’m gonna do it’,” said Hank Forester, NDA Director of Hunting. “But what creates that is the community, camaraderie and the social support that pushes them along in their journey as a hunter.” Plans are underway for more events that will help lower barriers to women and minorities and increase deer hunting participation through representation. Financial support for this video was provided by the NSSF® Hunting Heritage Trust Grant Program — A first-of-its-kind grant program that works directly to support NSSF’s mission of promoting, protecting and preserving hunting and the shooting sports. It is designed to distribute funds to organizations that focus on innovative ways to reach traditional as well as nontraditional audiences by improving access to and participation in hunting. Organizations welcoming those who want to get involved in the shooting sports are critical to the future of these pastimes. So far the grant program has distributed $300,000 in funding to 17+ outdoor organizations funding recruitment, retention and reactivation programs just like this "field to fork" hunting event. Join the +ONE Movement NSSF encourages all current hunters to take the +ONE Pledge. Reach out to someone new—someone outside your circle of friends and family who hunt—and teach them what you know about hunting, conservation and the deeply meaningful ability to put food on the dinner table that you harvested yourself. Talk with your local game wardens and state game agency professionals or reach out to NDA’s Field to Fork program and others like it and let them know you’d like to serve as a mentor. There are thousands of people out there who want to hunt for their own food and don’t know where to turn to get started. With +ONE and programs like Field to Fork, you’re the solution to that problem. You may also be interested in: https://www.letsgohunting.org/articles/adults-learn-to-hunt-with-the-field-to-fork-program/
How Excise Taxes support Fish Restoration, Conservation and More
https://youtu.be/6lHopTG4Gu0Enacted in 1950, the Sport Fish Restoration Act (also known as the Dingell-Johnson Act), collects a 10-percent tax on select fishing tackle from manufacturers and a percentage of tax on motorboat fuels. The money is apportioned to the state fish and wildlife management agencies under the auspices of WSFR for the benefit of fisheries conservation and restoration, aquatic education, and boating and fishing access. Paul Wilkes, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Region Regional Manager for the WSFR program, said the 72-year-old partnership between the tackle industry and state fish and wildlife management agencies has been transformational for fisheries management—and, in short, made fishing better. Glenn Hughes, President of the ASA, describes opportunities for anglers that would not be possible without these critically important funds. Among other purposes, these funds pay for the maintenance of over 6,000 boating access sites to lakes, rivers, ponds and streams across the country, as well as the stocking of 1.3 billion fish each year of over 70 species of fish. The Partner with a Payer initiative was developed to help generations of employees in the firearm, archery and angling industries, state agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to better understand their, and each other’s, roles in conservation. More info and resources at https://www.nssf.org/partner-with-payer/ See other Partner with a Payer Videos: https://www.letsgohunting.org/articles/how-do-excise-taxes-benefit-hunter-education-clark-county-shooting-complex/ https://www.letsgoshooting.org/articles/how-excise-taxes-benefit-shooting-ranges-ben-avery-shooting-facility/
New Everyday Carry Knives Coming to Stores in 2022
In 2022, knife manufacturers continue to focus on everyday carry.The name of the game continues to be the everyday carry options that have become a necessity for everyone — from corporate executives and law enforcement to hunting guides and stay-at-home dads. Knife manufacturers continue to raise the bar on the quality of their EDC offerings by developing innovative new locking and release mechanisms, launching new designs that blur the lines between function and fashion, and improving standards of quality at prices that more people can afford. It’s definitely a good time to be in the market for an EDC.
Bear & Son CutleryBear & Son will be featuring a pair of Carbon Farmhand folders at this year’s SHOT Show. Available in a 3.625- and a 4.625-inch sizes, the Carbon Farmhand folders are designed in the simplistic, Alabama-made style for which Bear & Son is famous. The knives have yellow aluminum handles and 1095 carbon blades. The Carbon Farmhand folders are available in either lockback or slip-joint versions, both of which feature an ambidextrous pocket clip.
BenchmadeBenchmade is releasing a new out-of-the-front automatic knife designed to deliver all the reliability that law enforcement and tactical operators demand, but with a price tag that even the tightest department budgets can handle. The 5370FE Shootout has a 3.5- inch CPM-CruWear tanto-style blade that is spine-fired out the front. The Shootout features a textured CF-Elite carbon-fiber-filled nylon handle complete with a carbide glass breaker and a reversible deep-carry pocket clip. MSRP: $300.
BuckBuck is releasing new Sport versions of two of its most popular folders. Designed to be lighter weight, EDC versions of the classic 110 Hunter and 112 Ranger, the 110 Hunter Sport and 112 Ranger Sport both feature anodized aluminum handles with OD green canvas Micarta scales and a newly designed deep-carry pocket clip. The clip-point blades on both knives are made from S30V stainless steel and include dual thumb studs. The 110 Hunter Sport has a 3.75-inch blade, weighs 4.6 ounces and carries a $170 price tag while the 112 Ranger Sport has a 3-inch blade, weighs 3.9 ounces and has an MSRP of $160.
BrowningThis year Browning is paying homage to its hunting roots with the launch of the Guide Series folder. Created by Wes Hibben, whose father, Gil, designed the first hunting knives to appear in Browning’s catalog in 1969, the Guide Series folder has a traditional style with a 3.375-inch Sandvik 14V28N blade and a Micarta laminate handle. MSRP: $150.
Columbia River Knife & ToolColumbia River Knife & Tool is launching three new updated versions of its classic M16 knife. All three of the folders in the M16 Deadbolt series feature CRKT’s Deadbolt locking mechanism combined with the Assisted Opening technology and the IKBS ball-bearing pivot system. The 02DB is a compact flipper with a 3.12-inch tanto blade, the 03DB has a 3.58-inch spear-point blade and the 04DB has a 3.89-inch tanto blade. All three knives feature D2 steel and the stylish aluminum handles that have become a trademark of the M16. MSRP: $150-$200.
Ontario Knife CompanyOKC is launching a new addition to its classic Old Hickory line. The new compact Old Hickory Machete is crafted in the tradition of the Old Hickory line with a classic American walnut handle accented with brass cutler rivets. The 9-inch 1075 carbon-steel blade has a phosphate coating designed to hold a fine edge. The Old Hickory Machete has an overall length of 15.6 inches and comes with a classic leather sheath.
Outdoor EdgeOutdoor Edge is featuring its new 3.5-inch RazorWork at this year’s SHOT Show. Designed to have 3.5 times the cutting edge of a standard utility knife, the RazorWork was created to handle a wide range of tasks in a variety of locations, from professional job sites to remote outdoor camps. The RazorWork accepts both 3.5- inch utility blades and 3.5-inch drop-point blades. The blades are made from Japanese 420J2 stainless steel and the handle is a glass/ nylon composite and features Outdoor Edge’s Peak Performance grip. MSRP: $34.95.
SpydercoAs part of its Reveal Eight release, Spyderco is launching the Thin Red Line collection of folders that pay homage to the courage of firefighters around the world. The collection features four of Spyderco’s most iconic knives — the Delica 4, Endela, Endura 4 and Rescue 3 — which were designed specifically to meet the needs of first responders. The blades all feature VG-10 stainless-steel blades and have black fiberglass-reinforced nylon handles with a special Red Line insert to remind users of the selfless service of firefighters and other first responders. MSRP: $130-$155. Spyderco will donate a portion of all sales to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.
SOGIn 2022, SOG is continuing its commitment to provide knives for a wider variety of users. Among the new offerings is the Altair line, which is designed specifically to meet the needs of outdoor enthusiasts. Created to be lightweight, compact and versatile, the Altair line includes both a folder and fixed-blade option. Featuring CRYO CPM 154 blades and GRN handles, the Altair knives have a simple, minimalistic design that naturally lend themselves to the kind of functional versatility that campers, backpackers and climbers demand. MSRP: $139-$167.
W.R. CaseThis year, Case is making a new statement with its Everyday Carry collection. The Marilla and Kinzua both feature S35VN stainless-steel blades and anodized aluminum handles, which are available in black, red or blue. The Marilla (MSRP: $165) has a drop-point blade; the Kinzua (MSRP: $140) has a tanto blade. See more content like this in the 2022 SHOT Show Day 3 SHOT Daily Check out some of the hottest products from the 2022 SHOT Show https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLecWOcK1HLTzGEhgEOcaHyelAHIvfysIY
New Boots Coming to Stores in 2022
Footwear manufacturers expect to be able to deliver more goods in the coming year.
During the second year of Covid 19, high demand for footwear outpaced production as limited space at western port facilities reigned. Compared to the U.S. and some Asian countries, European factories struggled with intermittent closures. On the manufacturing side, obtaining raw materials was a challenging task across the category. Although demand was high throughout the segment, retailers were hampered by inventory selection. But the coming year promises increased retail traffic as consumers continue to set records for spending time outside. Meanwhile, they’ll be searching for what’s new on your shelves. Here’s a look at some of what they may find.
The 5.11 Tactical A/T 6-inch no zip boot is a warmer-weather boot constructed of nylon with high abrasion air mesh and a water-resistant suede upper. The high-traction outsole lets you run headlong into the day’s challenges. In addition, the All-Terrain Load Assistance System (A.T.L.A.S.) is a force multiplier for those who carry heavy weight on long shifts.
These boots were developed to align with your “work weight,” as the Echo Foam uses high rebound/energy-return poly-urethane (PU). The Force Foam lightweight PU improves impact and cushioning. Available in coyote regular. Sizes are 5 to 14; half-sizes are 9.5 to 11.5. SRP: $155.
Inspired by traditional styling, the Recurve Moc Toe boot draws design and technology cues from Danner’s best-selling hiking boots. The classic Moc Toe boot delivers outstanding performance for upland birds or mid-terrain big-game hunting.
The Recurve Moc Toe features a Vibram SPE midsole and TPU heel cup to ensure long hours of comfort on pre-season scouts and extended treks. With seven inches of height for ankle support, it will keep you in the wild and on the hunt longer.
Waterproof versions sport a full-grain leather and nylon upper combined with Danner Dry, the company’s proprietary waterproof system. A super-breathable mesh lining works in tandem with Thinsulate Ultra insulation, and a cushioning open-cell OrthoLite footbed is welded to a Vibram SPE midsole for maximum rebound, comfort, and support. The nylon shank and TPU heel frame enhance support and stability. Finished with a Vibram Recurve outsole, its Megagrip technology uses adaptive lugs and flex lines for stability in wet and dry terrain. Available in sizes 7-14 (half-sizes 7.5–12), in brown and olive. SRP: starts at $200.
Built for law enforcement, military personnel, and tactical personnel who demand high-performance, versatility, and full-ankle support, the Garmont Tactical all-weather mid-cut T4 Groove G-Dry boot can handle every step of the trail, hillside, or concrete.
The ultralight boots use Garmont’s proprietary technology, including its G-Dry breathable and waterproof construction. The 1.6mm suede-leather upper features a liquid rubber toe cap and seamless TPU heel cap for light-weight protection. The A.C.E. sole system provides all-day comfort. The GTF OPALE rubber outsole has an exceptionally large contact area for dependable traction, added foot support, and cushioning. Colors include black and coyote. Sizes are 4 to 14 (half-sizes are 5.5 to 13.5). SRP: $160.
Wildland firefighters subject themselves to one of the most physically demanding jobs in the world. Certified NFPA 1977-2016 for wildland firefighting, the Haix Missoula 2.1 women's firefighting boots are up to that task. The tough European split bull leather is water-resistant, hydrophobic, and breathable. The Missoula 2.1’s lighter weight helps alleviate leg fatigue while on long hikes. The newly designed, heat-resistant (up to 572 degrees F.) Vibram anti-slip sole offers greater footholds across dynamically different terrain. The special heel design offers strong footholds on steep and uneven surfaces.
In addition, the sturdy and stable midsole ensures shock protection. A built-in bootjack at the boot’s rear makes it easier to remove after a long day. The two-zone lacing system allows separate tension adjustment for the upper and the lower parts of the boot. For downward descents, tighten the upper and the lowers evenly. For upward ascents, leave the upper a little looser to prevent shin constriction. The two-zone lacing aids in preventing potential ankle injuries out on the line. The new roller-ball eyelets on the lower part of the lacing system offer mini-mal friction, reducing wear and tear on the flame-resistant Nomex laces. Women’s sizing includes half, narrow, medium and wide widths from 5 to 10. SRP: $325.
When some hunters hear the words “light hiker,” all they can think of is “under performance.” Not in this case. Weighing in at only 3.2 pounds per pair, the Kenetrek Corrie Hiker is built for long, arduous hauls while delivering excellent agility and control.
The word “Corrie” is Scottish and means “a half-open steep-sided hollow on a mountainside.” Its Grapon outsoles delivers excellent traction, and the K-Straps tie the base of the heel to the seven-inch, double- and triple-stitched padded upper, pro-viding complete comfort and control.
The Corrie boasts a waterproof and breathable Windtex membrane with a 5mm full-length nylon midsole and a reinforced toe and heel atop Kenetrek’s supportive footbed. This 7-inch-tall light hiker becomes a serious tool for those who trek the high ground for elk and deer.
Sizes are 5 to 13 (half-sizes are 5.5 to 11.5) in medium and wide widths. SRP: $300.
Combining high-quality, scent-free rubber with naturally insulating neoprene, the LaCrosse Alpha Burly Pro is a staple among seasoned hunters. This year, LaCrosse has added a solid brown option to this popular family of rubber boots. It features hand-laid premium rubber over a 3.5mm neoprene core for flexible, waterproof, scent-free comfort.
The embossed liner increases air circulation inside the boot and wicks moisture, making them quick to dry. In addition, an adjustable neoprene gusset helps with easy on and off. Available in non-insulated and insulated versions with 1,600 grams of Thinsulate Ultra. Sizes are 6 to 15. SRP: $160-$190.
The Lowa Maddox Warm GTX Hi is a cold-weather boot with an elastic lacing system over the instep/forefoot and two Velcro closures on the cuff, all of which make it very easy to put on and take off the boot. As an added plus, the lined boot is toasty warm, thanks to Gore-Tex Partelana and the DynaPU midsole with Monowrap construction. The Lowa Kid Winter Trac lugged sole provides reliable traction on wet surfaces. The upper fabric is synthetic. The insole is Lowa’s cold-weather DynaPU midsole. The easy-to-wear-all-day boots are green with orange trim and designed for children. SRP: $150.
Warm, supportive, and grippy on slick surfaces, the Merrell Thermo Rouge Tactical Water Ice+ makes Merrell an ideal choice for anyone who needs a tall, supportive, tactical boot in cold, icy conditions. The footwear features a full-grain leather upper with M insulation. It’s combined with a waterproof membrane for exceptional breathability and waterproof performance. Metal hook and eyelets secure lacing, and a generous thick tongue helps keep debris out.
Below, a molded nylon arch shank meets Merrell’s FLEXconnect dual-directional flex-groove EVA midsole for agility. A Vibram Arctic Grip Dura ice outsole provides generous shock absorption and superior adhesion to icy surfaces. Available in men’s medium and wide widths from sizes 7.5 to 15. SRP: $220.
Reebok, which revolutionized cross training, brings its versatility and resistance to the tactical market in the Nano Tactical series. Constructed for high impact, it’s one of the lightest shoes of its kind on the market.
The 6-inch tactical boot offers breathable uppers, roomy toe boxes, and a minimal drop outsole. The upper uses microfiber and mesh with a soft toe. A moisture-wicking liner is welded to a MemoryTech removable cushion footbed on a slip-resistant sole. The zip allows for a perfect fit and quick on and off.
Reebok has co-branded the Nano Tactical with the Navy SEAL Foundation. Every boot sold supports Navy SEALs and their families as they return and adjust to civilian life. Sizes are 8 to 16 in medium and wide widths (half-sizes are 8.5 to 11.5). SRP: $123.99.
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