Storing Hunting Gear in a Unit

By Nick Bilava,

Hunters can amass a lot of gear for an activity that’s strictly scheduled on what they hunt and where they live—in fact, some seasons are as short as only a few days! Rather than keeping all of this gear at home where it can take up space, hunters can move their gear into self storage, where it will be kept safe and out of the way.

The storage unit size you’ll need for your hunting gear really depends on how much you have to store, but if you’re storing a few boxes of clothing and supplies like decoys or camping equipment, everything should easily fit in a 10×10 unit. Below are a few more storage tips to help you store your hunting gear in a unit.

The Smell of Success

Scent control is a big concern for many hunters who are looking to bag game that will be scared away by human smells, like deer. Keep that manly scent at bay in your camouflage clothing with these steps:

  • Thoroughly wash and dry clothing before placing it in your storage unit. Not only will the smells and stains of unwashed clothes worsen over time, but it’ll be harder to neutralize your scent if you let it sink in for months of storage! If you like, you can even purchase scent-free laundry detergent.
  • Use plastic containers. Sturdy plastic tubs are your best bet for storing hunting clothing safely since these will keep out pests and prevent moisture from building up and causing mold growth. Some hunters eschew these bins because they worry it will give their clothes a chemical or plastic scent. To combat this, toss some pine branches or cedar shavings in with your clothes for an outdoorsy scent.

Even if scent control isn’t a priority for you, keeping fabrics clean and dry in storage is important.

Location, Location, Location

Even hunters with the biggest collections of gear won’t need a huge storage unit, but that makes organizing the items within your unit all the more important! You’ll want to arrange items in a way that makes sense for use.

  • Organize by seasonIf you’ll be hunting ducks months before you’ll be hunting deer, it doesn’t make sense to have your decoys and duck calls at the back of your unit. Store things in clearly marked boxes and tubs in the order that you’ll need them, from front to back.
  • Stack with care. If you’re using plastic tubs or sturdy boxes, it’s fine to stack them and save space! However, stacking boxes on top of other items that might be damaged, such as a tent that could rip.

Storing Guns, Bows, and Ammo in Your Unit

Whether you’re an archer or a marksman, there are tools to your trade which generally cannot be kept in a storage unit. If you’re looking to store guns, bows, ammunition, or other weaponry, you should speak directly to the manager of the facility you’d like to rent from and determine what you’re legally allowed to store.

In some cases, you may be able to keep these weapons in your unit. However, that means you should find a facility and a unit that have extra security, such as unit alarms and video surveillance. That way, your weapons won’t wind up in the wrong hands.

Even if you can’t store your actual weapons in a unit, you’ll save tons of space storing your other clothing and equipment, and you’ll know these items are being kept in great shape for the great outdoors.