Preferred Snowshoes for Predator Hunting?

Discussion in 'Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards' started by jasonprox700, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. jasonprox700

    jasonprox700 Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    I've been looking around for a pair of snowshoes for coyote/fox hunting up here in Wisconsin but there are so many choices. I tried hunting last winter without them in a few feet of snow, and all I can say is NEVER AGAIN!!!

    I am 5' 9", 200lbs (all muscle of course!) and with hunting clothes and gear, I imagine I would be in the 220 to 230lb range. My hunting would take place in a variety of terrain from rolling hills and woods, to low lands and marshes. I'm looking to go with one of the newer styles. I don't really have a budget, so I'm open to anything. I figure if I'm going to spend the money, I might as well pony up and get the best (buy once, cry once).

    I've seen a few brands, MSR, Tubb, etc..., but they all look the same to me and I don't really know the quality difference between the brands.

    So what brand and model of snowshoes do you guys use or prefer?
  2. royinidaho

    royinidaho Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2004
    I scarfed up on a pair of those metal army surplus ones and do just fine. Heavy sage brush can be a bit of a prob but for mountains and rolling hills I can keep my feet under me. My max load with pack and rifle is nearly 300 pounds. Made my own things to fit my boots.
  3. Magnumitis

    Magnumitis Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2010
    I have a pair of Red Feather snowshoes that I like a lot. They're the only brand I've ever tried but they work well. The model is Hike; made in the good ol' USA too!
  4. Sendero_Man

    Sendero_Man SPONSOR

    Feb 4, 2007
    I run the Atlas snowshoes...

    all the new ones are pretty good... kinda a Ford vs. Chevy thing... lol
  5. CastleRocker

    CastleRocker Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2008

    Same here. Sportsman's Guide had them for $30 with the bindings at Christmas time. Bought some for my whole family. They aren't as light as the new models, but they work. I have a set of MSR Denali's that I take when I go out on my snowmobile. They are compact and lightweight, but don't quite have the flotation that the old military ones do.
  6. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    I didnt know your legs were long enough for you to be able to walk with snow shoes on:D
  7. brentc

    brentc Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2009
    I've used MSRs a lot and I really like them. You can easily modify the surface area to accomodate heavy loads by switching tails, and they are lightweight.
  8. rooster740

    rooster740 Well-Known Member

    Feb 13, 2008
    Last year I had to go to my traditional wood with rawhide for the fluffy days. I have a pair of MSR red plastic with the extensions that have worked well. I am using mudd boots this year.