Burrs. The nemesis of every hunter that ever lived and will live. No matter where you hunt, there is some kind of burr that will inevitably find its way onto your clothes, backpack, into your car, onto your dog, and even make it into your home. We spend tons of time picking them off everything to prevent them from making it into the washer and dryer to end up on literally every piece of clothing we own.
Until now! At ATA 2020, I found the Burr Paw booth in the Innovation Zone and was immediately impressed by the demo, so I purchased one on the spot.
What it is:
The Burr Paw is a rectangular, flexible mitten designed to remove stickers and burrs off various fabrics and surfaces. The burr-grabbing side is like the loop side of velcro and is non-abrasive so that it can be used on all types of materials.
How it works:
While wearing the Burr Paw on your hand, wipe the area or surface where burrs are present. Use it on clothing, packs, shoes and laces, even your pet! The burrs will adhere to the surface of the mitten. Once it's full, remove the Burr Paw, hold onto each end and rub it together as if you're rubbing out a stain. The burrs will fall off. For extra sticky burrs, use the included cleaning card to scrape burrs off the surface. It can also be rolled or folded instead of worn as a mitten for smaller surfaces.
Most of what I've encountered in Idaho is Beggar's Lice (Stick-tights), and if you aren't familiar...it's like nature's velcro! Get it on your gloves, and your fingers stick together. In some of the places we hunt, we leave the woods with our legs completely covered. It ends up in the car, at home on the couch, in the carpet, and pretty much everywhere.
I've put the Burr Paw to use this hunting season almost every night in the garage once I arrive home from the woods. I can easily remove the Beggar's Lice from my pants, boots, and jacket without getting them everywhere. Then, I just rub the Burr Paw together over the trash can to remove the burrs and make sure they don't find their way into the house.
In addition to using it on myself, I've used it on Boone several times. Somewhere in the yard, he rubbed up against a weed that was full of sharp prickly grass burrs. Immediately, I grabbed the Burr Paw and wiped him down. I was actually surprised that it removed them from his fur with ease.
Based on my experience, I would absolutely recommend the Burr Paw to anyone who spends time outdoors and may encounter burrs or stickers. I honestly wish I had this in Kentucky, where we always had cockle-burs and other hitchhikers.
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Sarah Honadel is an avid outdoorswoman from Kentucky, now living in Idaho, who enjoys hunting elk, deer, turkey, pronghorn, and waterfowl. She is a team member at Huntress View, Pro Staff for Browning Trail Cameras, and Brand Ambassador for the GoWild app and BaseMap app. Follow her on Instagram @waddysarah and @arrowridgecreations.