As always, I'm bummed today. Putting everything away I figured I would start an "End of the Season" tips thread for folks to pile on with their own tips for helping with the chore of storage, repair and prep for next year.
Aside from the tried and true guidelines of making sure that everything is clean and dry before you pack it away wherever you put it, there are a couple additional tips that might help folks:
If you use stretchie bands on your decoys weights, it makes sense to release them from the keel and not store them in the "stretched position". They tend to last longer if you don't keep them stretched.
If you use flocked goose decoys, you can use old socks over the heads to keep the dust off them during storage or go to home depot and by some vinyl sheeting (visqueen) to throw over them.
If you find that your black flocked decoys got dust on them in the off season, DO NOT try to wash it off with a hose, you are better off using an air compressor to "blow" the dust off at high velocity.
Wherever you store your decoys, it doesn't hurt to throw in a little mouse/rat poison and moth balls to keep critters from chewing on bags, cords, etc. The alkaline soil in south and east Idaho attracts a lot of "chewers". Keep out of reach of pets though.
A soft bristle brush and a bucket of soapy water usually is enough to clean decoys. Be gentle, most decoy paint is crap and eaily scrubbed off. Unless you hunted at a irrigation settling pond. Then you are on your own for getting that mud off. Worse than the Salton Sea.
Keep out of direct sunlight.
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