As hunting season just started this year, you may need some tips on how to properly store your hunting gear between your hunting sessions.
No matter how much you hate this, the big hunting season always comes to an end. When this happens, hunters have a highly important task of storing their hunting gear properly and wait until the next season comes to start using it again.
If you want to save yourself a lot of headaches because of lost or destroyed gear, it is time to invest yourself in storing everything. To help you out, we have created a list of short tips that will help you store the hunting gear in no time!
Hunting Gear Storage Ideas
Yes, it is logical that you need space to store something, but many fail to create a designated space for this purpose and just throw the gear anywhere in their houses. If you do not have a place to store it, this is the time to make one.
When planning the storage for your equipment, consider temperature and humidity. Extreme humidity and temperatures can destroy your equipment faster than you think.
How To Store Hunting Firearms
Hunters often change their firearms in between hunting seasons, but this does not mean that they throw them away. Therefore, taking care of the firearms and storing them for an off-season is the only way to preserve them.
Start by gathering all your weapons. Once you do, follow this step-by-step guide:
- Break down the working parts (don’t forget the barrels!)
- Use some solvent for the bore of the shotgun or rifle to remove residue
- Run the patches and brush
- Store the guns in the barrel up to avoid warping
How To Store Hunting Clothes
As you already know, hunters use scent to camouflage themselves in nature. This means that, by the end of the season, your clothing will be scented. Therefore, it is essential that you remove this scent during storage.
Here is how you do this:
- Inspect the clothing for tears, normal wear, and fading. If necessary, toss something away and start looking for a replacement. The clothing is often cheaper in the off-season
- Use baking soda and a scent-elimination detergent to wash the clothing
- Dry the clothing on a clothesline. Avoid a dryer
- Fold them up and place them in scent-free bags or vacuum storage bags
- Find a container with a lid to prevent the pests and smells from getting in
How To Store Hunting Footwear
You probably spent a fair amount of money on good hunting boots, thinking they will last longer. What you should know is that boots can easy dry rot and have cracked leather because of bad care, so if you do not take care of the storage part, you’ll be spending a fortune on new boots every season.
Here is what you do:
- Inspect the boots as you did with the clothing. Replace the insoles and thermal liners if needed
- Wipe off the debris and dirt with water. Do not use detergents and soaps
- Apply some conditioner to the rubber and leather. This will prevent drying out during the storage
- Use one more layer of waterproofing treatment
- Store the boots in a cool and dry place
That’s it. If you have some remaining gear, treat it with the same care as your clothing. Replace what needs replacing, and store everything else properly.
How do you usually store your hunting gear?
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