Many of us have been conditioned to view our hunting boots as a short term piece of gear that may only last a year or two. While there are certainly some who enjoy purchasing new boots every season, there’s nothing like keeping a good pair of hunting boots in your inventory that you can rely upon for years.
For those of you who are used to hunting boots cracking, shrinking, and falling apart, keeping your boots in pristine condition is easier than you may think — and it has nothing to do with keeping them as clean and dry as possible during the hunt.
In fact, it’s all about what you do to them after. Read on to find out how to clean hunting boots, and how I’ve kept some of my favorite boots around for years.
We’ll start with leather hunting boots, as these are still the most popular for many of you.
Rubber and neoprene are a lot easier to care for, but there are still a few steps to follow for proper cleaning.
The storage aspect is equally important. If you have leather, consider conditioning your boots with specialized products, as this will keep them moisturized, flexible, and more waterproof.
For full leather, use conditioners made from animal oils and beeswax. For Gore-Tex and nylon, use synthetic products.
Always keep your boots stored in a cool, dark, and dry place. This will prevent mildew, cracking, and other common issues that can shorten their life.
Cleaning hunting boots doesn’t have to be a long process. With just a few small steps and some common sense, you can ensure your boots will last for many years and hunts to come, regardless of how dirty they get during your outing.
Make it just as much of a part of your routine as your gun and other gear maintenance, and you’ll be all set, while saving quite a bit of money in the process.