Standard trail boots offer beefed-up rigidity and support. They feature aggressive traction and often a pronounced heel for digging in when descending uneven terrain. Speed-lacing hooks are convenient for getting out of camp while the elk are still bugling, and some form of waterproof membrane, like Gore-Tex or the manufacturer's proprietary product, is essential. If you are looking for a boot to pull double duty on the job site, consider a pair marketed as a hybrid work/hunting boot. It will function fine in the field but usually have sturdier toe and heel protection than a dedicated hunting boot.