Waterfowl hunters tend to collect large amounts of gear quickly, and as years pass, garages and sheds begin to overflow. Storage is a main concern for hunters, and not only finding the right place to store gear, but correctly storing for the off season helps avoid headaches come fall. These tips will organize and maximize storage capabilities, along with minimizing the work needed as the season approaches.
Performing routine maintenance on decoys throughout the season is necessary, but preparing to store them for the off season, hunters should think about the future. By the time fall comes around, the opening day excitement and need to scout for birds leaves little time to dawdle with decoy maintenance. Avoid wasting valuable scouting time by repairing, cleaning, repainting, re-tying, and bagging all decoys as if planning a huge hunt.
- Find dry storage. Damp decoy bags can attract mildew and become weak over time.
- Keep rodents away. A decoy can become a perfect home for field mice if allowed.
- Cover flocked heads with small trash bag, or sock to avoid any damage.
- Secure all weights properly to each decoy to avoid tangles.
- Arrange for next season. Store them so that as the season approaches, teal and wood ducks will be in front, and follow the season dates as to when the decoys will be needed.