Off-Season Maintenance For Your Hunting Gear

Big game hunter? Pheasant expert? Rifleman or bowman? You can’t deny that hunting is your favourite way to spend a day off from work. As any hunter knows, proper gear is essential for a successful hunt, and no gear works properly unless it is properly maintained. 

While it’s critical to take care of your hunting gear during the hunting season, it’s just as critical to take care of it year-round. Yes, we are discussing some off-season maintenance tips as it is the most appropriate time to rewind yourself and prepare yourself and your gear for some action next season.

After The Last Shot

Cleaning a gun after the last shot is an essential skill for any hunter or recreational shooter. Even the best set of ammunition from Firearms Melbourne needs some upkeep. 

Your gun’s condition must be maintained throughout the hunting season to perform at its peak and shoot accurately. 

The gun’s action and bore need the most attention. Begin by applying a small amount of bore solvent to a patch. Before its next use, this will remove all types of contamination and residue. 

You may require several solvent patches and a brass brush to clean dirty bores thoroughly. Also, use a dry patch and a final patch with a small amount of gun oil to protect the bore before storing the firearm in a gun case. 

Next, pay attention to the gun’s movement. Guns can malfunction if you don’t properly clean and lubricate them before storing them. The best way to clean hard-to-reach areas is to use an old toothbrush and synthetic gun oils in a small spray bottle. Clean up any oil residue before reassembling the action.

Keep Your Camouflage Clean

During the hunting season, clothes tend to take the brunt of the beating. That’s why it’s important to plan.

When storing your gear, you’ll want to use a high-quality detergent to remove any odours or residue that could damage the fabric.

If you’ve picked up any odours from the season, baking soda is a cheap and easy way to get rid of them. Make sure your clothes and shoes are ready for the next season by putting some cedar chips, pine needles, or any other natural fragrance wafer in with them.

Make sure to remember that keeping our hunting clothes odour-free is a year-round commitment. In spite of the fact that your clothing may not have an odour that you can detect, animal noses are far superior to our own.

Don’t ‘Sleep On’ The Sleeping Bag

Put your sleeping bag in the dryer with tennis balls after every trip to the loft, redistribute down, and dry out any remaining moisture that may be left behind. You should only wash your sleeping bag when it is necessary. When you use detergent, follow the directions on the bottle. 

Natural and synthetic down-filled items can be cleaned with this device without causing any harm or affecting their hydrophobic or insulating properties. Hang your bag up for easy access. Don’t put it in the bag until you’re ready to go.

In essence, don’t put up gear maintenance to the last few days, it may get quite hectic, and honestly, it takes about two weeks to prepare all your firearms, so grid your loins well in advance!

 

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Rodney Heaton
 

I'm Rodney Heaton and I love hunting in the wild. In the past, I was in the military for over 5 years. After that I became a licensed hunter and a mountain guide.