Whitesburg KY

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Some chores for the off-season

All the hunting seasons are closed until August 15, the third Saturday in the month. Squirrel season will reopen on that date and there should be lots of squirrels to hunt.

Right now is the time to sit down, take a deep breath, stack all your hunting gear around you, and do some cleaning. First take your hunting clothes, get some good scent-remover laundry detergent, and throw everything in the washer. Don’t use Tide or any regular detergent that is used to wash your everyday clothes. Those are added with color brighteners and good smelling stuff.

Whether you are squirrel hunting or deer hunting, you want to make yourself hard to be seen or smelled. No telling when a nice trophy buck comes by. Next clean your knife and firearm. I use Remington gun oil; I have found it the best on the market. Caution, never use WD-40 to clean your guns or knives for storage. It contains water and water will rust your firearms or knives.

I dry my hunting clothes on the clothesline, not in the dryer. After washing and drying, I then put them in a plastic tote to keep out all the smells of the earth — hats, caps, face mask, gloves, jackets, socks, boots, everything. Then when I am ready to use them again, everything is at my fingertips.

Be safe during this down time. Catch you next week.

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