The winter months are an important time for your gear. You need to make sure your hunting equipment is stored properly to give it the best shelf life possible and make sure it’s ready for the blind in September. Here are some things you can do to make sure your equipment doesn’t go into hibernation this winter.
The best way to make sure your equipment stays in top shape during the off-season is to use it often. Practicing during the off-season will allow you to keep an eye on the health of your bow so you don’t run into any surprises during the hunting season. If your bow string looks like it’s starting to fray, make sure you take it in to the bow shop to get it replaced. If you practice all year, you’ll maintain your muscle memory and won’t have to shake off any “rust” when hunting season comes around. If you’re looking to go up in draw weight, now is the time to kick into extra training so that you can adjust your bow or get a new one that’s tuned to your new draw weight before hunting season opens. Don’t wait until the last minute to make these changes. By starting now, you should be able to maintain a healthy exercise routine instead of rushing through a drastic exercise program to go up in weight at the last minute.
Store Your Stump Blind
Most public hunting land will require you to remove your blind at the end of the season, if not the end of every hunting day. If you hunt on private land, you have the added benefit of leaving your blind up all year long. Our Stump blinds are made of a polyethylene material that is UV-resistant so they will be able to withstand the summer rays once those come along. The blinds will also be able to repel water, so they can handle a last-minute winter storm. Check your state regulations about public land to make sure. If you do have to store it, the rigid steel-plate base of the Stump 3 ‘Phantom’ will make it easy to transport to its off-season storage location.
Store Your Bow Properly
When you’re not using your bow, make sure it’s stored properly. That means hanging it from a hook without putting pressure on the limbs. Avoid setting your bow on the ground and leaning it against the wall. The weight on the bottom limb will eventually cause the limbs to warp. Rest them on a wall mount or, for recurve bows, unstring them and store the parts in your bow case. This goes without saying, but make sure you’re storing your equipment indoors. Keep it inside to avoid having a downpour ruin your favorite bow. Your Stump blind can stay out in the rain, but your bow isn’t quite so weather-durable.
Practicing during the off-season and storing your bows properly will help maintain the health of your equipment. When you use your equipment often enough, you’ll be able to quickly identify any problems and take care of them on the spot without having to disrupt your hunting season. It’s better to find out that your cams are a bit off-kilter during the off-season than when a buck is standing right in front of you.
How do you maintain your gear during the off-season? What do you do to inspect it? Let us know in the comments below!