As your season comes to a close, it’s important to store your hunting gear correctly until next year.
We mentioned in a previous post how wise it is to take advantage of the off-season and we stand by that statement. But we also want to make sure you all know that keeping your hunting equipment and gear in shape is just as important as keeping your body in physical shape. The state of your equipment can make or break your hunting season. Thankfully, we’re here to give you all the insider tips on storing your equipment until next year.
Continue reading to learn more.
Tips for Storing Your Hunting Gear for the Off-Season
Clean Your Firearms — It is important to dedicate time to break down your guns and clean all of the working parts and barrels. Make sure to remove any fouling and look for any problem areas that might need attention from a gunsmith.
Wash Your Clothes — There’s one thing that for sure, and that’s that your clothes and other cloth items will get dirty and stinky throughout your hunt. Don’t reach for your favorite household detergent and fabric softener, though. Make sure to use a scent-free detergent or baking soda to remove the stench of your hunt.
Allow Your Gear to Thoroughly Dry — After you’ve washed your clothing, backpack, and other gear with scent-free detergent, make sure it has plenty of time to completely dry. Storing your products wet can encourage mold growth. Not only is this smelly to you, but also to the animals you’ll be hunting next season. Once they are dry, turn them inside-out and store in a dark place to avoid fading.
Make a List — As you put away your hunting gear and equipment for the season, you may come up with a shopping or wish list of things you want or need. Be sure to make a list of any items you need to replenish, replace, or things that you would like to add to your arsenal. Now is a much better time to take care of these matters than at the start of next season.
Preserve Your Batteries — Make sure to remove batteries in your gear that uses them, such as your GPS or rangefinder. While turning off your devices will help maintain battery life, the best way to preserve the life of your batteries is to remove them entirely and store them in a cool, dry place until next season.
Keep Your Gear Accessible — Of course, storing your gear in the off-season is necessary, but you may want to avoid storing them deep in your garage and keep it somewhat accessible. Chances are, you’ll want to take your gear for a practice spin or two or try out your scope, binoculars, and rangefinder while you scout. Keeping your equipment accessible will allow you to take full advantage of the off-season however you can.
Contact R & K Hunting Company
Properly store your hunting gear for a better season next year. Get ready for your next hunt with the skilled and experienced guides and outfitters at R & K Hunting Company. Our knowledgeable professionals will take you on a once-in-a-lifetime Rocky Mountain hunting adventure — one you will never forget! Explore the scenic hills and majestic wildlife that Utah and Wyoming have to offer. Booking your next hunt has never been so easy because our helpful staff will take on the hassle of obtaining applications and permits for you. Call R & K Hunting Company to book your exciting hunt today!