3 Storage Tips for the End of Hunting Season
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It doesn’t matter whether you are a hunting newbie or a veteran with a life-long love of the sport, not only do you share a passion, but you share the need for some serious storage for your hunting paraphernalia. The kit that you need for hunting is plentiful and can be expensive, so it’s important that you store it properly during the hunting season and, more importantly, at the end of the season too. Your equipment needs to be kept in tip-top working condition so that you can get the most out of the investment that you have made.
Here are 3 tips to storing your hunting gear at the end of the season.
Gather and Inspect Your Gear
No doubt that during the hunting season you will have various items sprawled around your house. The garage, the laundry, and your bedroom are typically where you will find the majority of your kit. This is not only a housekeeping exercise, but a valuable opportunity to inspect your gear.
Look out for tears, rips, and fades. If your clothing is not up to scratch, get rid of it. Holding onto substandard clothing may jeopardize your future hunting trips. You can easily replace it at SKRE Gear, and you’ll be able to take advantage of the end of season reductions.
Pay the same level of inspection to your equipment and ensure that they still function safely: harnesses, brackets, and tree stands to need your attention.
Clean your Gear and Equipment
Before you throw everything into the washing machine, you should use a washing machine cleaner followed by a run on a hot cycle to get rid of the smell of scented detergent. You don’t want your clothing to be stored smelling of your home. Baking soda or a purpose bought scent-eliminating detergent should be used when you do wash your hunting clothes before you store them.
To avoid further fading your camo, wash your hunting clothes inside out and, if you can, dry them outside on a line. Again, if you have to use a dryer, it is important that you include scent-eliminating dryer sheets.
No doubt you clean your guns between shoots, but the end of season clean is critical to sustain your gun’s efficiency. All working parts should be broken down and any residue removed before being reassembled. Always store your gun barrel-up to prevent it from being distorted.
If you can, have a dedicated space to store your hunting gear. Ideally, the space should be either in the home or a garage as some items can rust in severe climates in outdoor sheds. You should already be aware of your state’s laws and regulations relating to gun storage, but double check to make sure you are compliant.
Functionally organize how you store your equipment and clothing. Heavy duty shelving is important to hold the bulkier equipment, but plastic transparent bins are best for clothing so that you can see what is inside.
Taking time to store your hunting equipment properly is important. It means that when the season starts next year, you are good to go and won’t need to make last-minute purchases or repairs.