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Tips on How to Maintain Camping and Hunting Equipment 

For most campers, the last thing they want to do while on a camping and hunting trip is worry about their gear. Failure to take care of camping equipment can make it get ruined easily in a way that they will not work properly later. Proper maintenance of camping gear makes a significant difference on how long it will last. Below are tips on how to maintain camp equipment. 

For one, the camper should never put his or her gear away when it is wet or dirty. The dirt, mud or sand should be cleaned off. Most importantly, the equipment should be given sufficient time to dry and air out before it is packed away. Camping gear should be organized in cardboard boxes or sealable plastic tubes and kept in a cool dry place. 

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When a camper gets back home, he or she should set the tent up in the backyard. It is important to ensure that everything is dry as a tent that is packed while dry can quickly get mildew, rot and mold. Any sand or dirt should be cleaned off the tent’s poles and stakes. For a sleeping bag, air should be let out and then laid out flat under a bed or hang up on a hanger. The sleeping bag should not be stored inside its stuff sack for long as this is likely to damage the insulation found inside. 

For long-term storage of electronics such as headlamps, flashlights and GPS, batteries should always be removed in order to prevent leakage or corrosion. The batteries removed should then be stored in a sealed plastic bag. When it comes to the cooking gear, it is recommended that camping stores be stored in plastic bags. The bags should be sealed using a twist tie, and the camper should ensure that as much fuel as possible is drained from the tank. Also, all utensils such as pots and pans should be kept clean. Stray food crumbs and drippings are likely to attract rodents and insects. 

When on a hunting camp, compound bows, longbows and recurve bows should not be kept in a place where heat is likely to build up. Examples of such places include the covered bed or back seat of a truck. Exposure to heat can separate or weaken bow limbs. Hunting bows should always be stored in cool and dry area. In addition, a bow should not be hung by its cables or string. Rather, it should be hung by its riser or kept flat in a case.  

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Keeping hunting arrows in a good condition is an ideal way of prolonging their lifespan and ensuring they are used in many future hunting camps. A vital factor in arrow care is taking a close examination of the ends and shaft before use. The hunter will be looking for defects such as dents and fractures can cause damage to the arrow or the bow. Any damaged arrow should be immediately replaced, and the hunter should never shoot an arrow that is damaged. In addition, arrows should be safely shot into targets as opposed to the ground or rocks. This will minimize unnecessary damage to the shaft and tip. 

Camping and hunting equipment requires sufficient maintenance so that it can remain in a good working condition. While most campers and hunters know how to use the equipment, not many have an idea on how to care for it. The above tips will be of great help for anyone planning a camping and hunting trip. 

For thorough advice on buying archery and hunting supplies, please contact Combat Australia today!

 

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