TALKING BOOTS. The late season can provide a challenge for upland walkers, and those lace-up boots can take a beating in the snow, ice and super wet areas we’re seeing around the region this time of year. In today’s Outdoors Roundup, we give you some guidelines to help make them last through this chilly stretch and future ones.
Featured Photo: White Walkers. Upland boots face the same challenges you do in the late season. We’ve got tips for taking care of them in today’s Outdoors Roundup. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 12/4 – Calm – Hi 37, Lo 24, Wind L&V
Tomorrow: Thu 12/5 – Steady Temps – Hi 26, Lo 23 Wind N@10
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
1:55PM Fol. Day 7:23PM 7:02AM
Moon Phase: First Quarter
EDGE HOUR: 1:30-2:30PM. Moonrise and a calm, warm afternoon combine for a great mid-week Edge Hour.
NO BREAKS. When walking swampy areas – of which there are a lot this year – keep an eye out for yellowish snow which suggests seeping water and unstable slough ice. Avoid it if you can (and let your dog do the hard work), but know that if you go through, a good lace-up boot should keep your foot dry for the quick second it takes to pull it out and turn around.
GREASED. Apply leather and boot treatments in the days between late season hunts and allow them to sink in and work their magic on the material to help offset snow, ice and moisture. In sprays, dab-on salves or oils, these components help preserve boot life this season and into the next.
DOUBLE UP. The double knot is a must for bootlaces in the field, particularly this time of year when debris, snow and ice can easily affect lacing while on the move. Lock it in every time to keep from retying on your hunts, or at least limit the time you spend doing the old loop-swoop-and-pull.