Hunting is fun, but it is equally important to take care of your hunting attire, gears properly so that they last long. Retiring your stuff into a dark closet and leaving them unattended for months is not a good thing to do. Take care of them; clean them and keep them separately.
Imagine, while you get your hunting gears and clothes out of the closet to prepare for the great waterfowl season. Surprise! You forgot that there was a slit in your wader from your last trip! So, what you are going to do now? Go shopping? Such rips and tears are really common with hunters and occasionally you face it in the field where with no alternatives. For such situations with ripped or punctured boots, clothes or gloves – you need to know the tricks to prepare and fix your hunting gears. Here, we go;
- Take your time to examine your gears before restocking your backpack. Along with clean and sharpened knives, flashlights, sunglasses, camouflage face paint, don’t miss out to put in a wader repair kit or adhesive repair sealant for the unexpected tears and holes.
- Examine your clothes including the hunting boots, hats, rain cover, gloves, waders for any holes. Hold it against the light. If there is a hole (even the tiniest of all), you will see light coming through it. Any slits in the PU material gears, neoprene gloves and waders can be mended with an adhesive sealant like SG-20. You can also try using Gear Aid Aquaseal Wader Repair Kit.
- Don’t wait for a tear in your waders. With years of use, anything is bound to tear up or get punctured. Even if it is in good shape, it would be still better to reinforce them beforehand. Apply adhesive sealant along the inseam of the groin area of the wader.
- For any such unwanted situations in the field you can use your repair kit to mend it. It would be a good idea to take a sealant that dries up quickly - say in an hour. After all, you won’t be able to let your wader out to dry for 24 hours. First, turn your wader inside out and make sure the affected area is dry. Now apply a coat of the sealant and cover the area with bond after an hour.
- Any hole in the duck decoy can sink them. Fill the holes and cracks with the sealant to keep them afloat.
- You can even extend the life of your canvas or rubber or several other wading boots for another season. Whether you need to fix the minor tears or reattach the sole – your sealant would do it for you.
- Hunters hunting in moist weather or upland carry rain gears for sure. Any tears in the neoprene gloves, blind bags, rain covers, canvas vests can be repaired with Aquaseal or SG-20 adhesive.
There are many good sealants. However, we came up with two qualified nominees.
- Gear Aid Aquaseal Wader Repair Kit is a compact wader repair kit that is safe on both natural and neoprene and GORE-TEX wader fabric. It contains ¼ ounce tube of Aquaseal and 2 three inch tenacious tape to patch and an application brush.
- SG-20 Adhesive Repair Sealant that bonds faster than any other adhesive. Sets in a minute and allows the hunter back into hunting within an hour. It works on canvas, neoprene, rain wears, boots – almost on anything, which is clean and dry. The SG-20 kit comprises of a 20cc sealant tube, a nozzle, and auto-mix tips.
Do a little study, pick a small pack sealant and work it on the tears that you have already discovered. You will know it yourself which one is working better for you.
Be Prepared… Have a great Waterfowl Hunting Season ahead!