When storing your hunting gear, it’s important that you put the same effort into proper storage as you do during trip preparation.
For most of us, another big game hunting season has come and gone. If your house is anything like mine, you have hunting gear strewn about the garage, your vehicle, the laundry room, and maybe even your bedroom or living room.
Hunting gear is expensive, so it’s important to keep it in great working condition so that you can get the most out of your investment.
Now is the time to gather it up, organize it, take inventory, wash it and pack it away.
These quick tips for properly storing your hunting gear in the off season will set-up you up for success when opening day rolls back around.
1. Dedicate a space
This seems like a no-brainer, but if you don’t already have a designated space in your home to store your hunting gear, now is the time to make one.
While the garage, attic or an outdoor storage shed might seem the most logical, extreme temperatures and humidity can be killer for your equipment. The seams of your boots can come unglued and the reeds in your hunting calls can warp.
You need climate-controlled storage when storing your hunting gear. Take over a spare closet inside your house or consider renting a climate-controlled self-storage unit.
2. Inspect your gear
As you gather up your gear, check for tears, fade, and normal wear. Don’t just check your clothing. Pay close attention to harnesses and treestands to make sure they function safely.
If you need to replace anything, you can take advantage of end-of-season markdowns at most retailers. Don’t wait until next season and get stuck paying full price.