Throughout the country, even for the cooler climates, spring is finally in full swing. For hunters, this is the perfect opportunity to prepare for the next hunt by tackling the care and cleaning of our hunting gear collections. If you’re one of the many hunters who arrives home from the final fall hunt worn out and ready to relax, there’s a good chance your gear is still waiting to be brought back to life.
Our hunting gear cleaning checklist is as follows:
- Run an Inventory Check
Make a list of what you expect to have, or must have, in your hunting kit. If you’ve loaned, gifted, used up, or lost anything on your last hunt, make note of it here. You may also wish to make notes on anything that needs to be repaired or replaced as you run through your items and check things off your list.
- Clean Your Guns, Gear, and Clothing
Ideally, your guns have been cleaned and properly stored since the last time you used them. If not, make that your first priority.
Next, make sure your camping gear, tree stands, blinds, and optics are all clean and in tip-top shape.
Finally, wash your hunting clothing as-needed, make note of anything that needs to be replaced, give your hunting boots some TLC, and make sure your waterproof gear stands up to the standard 10-minute test. If not, it’s time to refresh your weatherproofing in advance of your next hunting expedition.
- Refine and Refresh Your Organization
Now that you have been through your belongings, take the time to optimize your organization situation. When you’re ready to pack up and head out on a hunt, the last thing you want to do is wade through piles of disorganized gear to compile the exact items you’d like to bring along.
- Make Purchasing Plans
At this point, you should have a clear idea of what needs to be replaced and purchased to complete your collection. Run a price check to see what you can afford to purchase now, then make a monthly savings goal to help you set aside cash to purchase the remaining items. Remember to save up for your dream hunting trip here at the ranch, too!
- Prep Your Vehicle for Hunting
Whether you’re heading into the woods or out on the plains, your vehicle needs to be in great shape to keep you safe along the way. In preparation, get a tune-up, and have your trusted mechanic give you the all-clear before you head out.
If you’re the spontaneous type, it might also be advisable to keep weather-appropriate supplies in your truck so that it’s ready to go when you are.
We look forward to seeing you this year here at the ranch! Happy hunting. If you have any questions about our hunting packages, hunting during the pandemic, or information about the gear you’ll need at 9 Bar Ranch, please contact us today.