I’ve moved once before, when I met my husband, many years go. Because of him, I started hunting, and now we’re moving again — this time across the country. I have no idea how to deal with moving our guns, hunting equipment or mounts. I’ve been following your adventures for some time and I know you’ve been moving quite a lot, too, so I figured you’d be the best to ask!
Relocating for Hunting in Henderson
I can confidently say I didn’t help much with either of our first 2 moves. I was a mess, crying entirely too much to be of any assistance. Also, since my husband is amazing at Tetris, he couldn’t be bothered with my then-haphazard way of packing, which, back then, involved me throwing things into whichever vehicle crevice seemed the emptiest. Luckily for you, I’ve become a much better mover in recent years.
While packing and, subsequently, moving your hunting gear and guns remember:
Boxes and labels are your friends
Unbeknownst to my former, sloppy packing self, boxes are a wondrous moving invention.
Label the boxes, not only by what they contain, but also by what hunting season they represent. This helps keep you organized, and will help if a certain season is open upon your arrival. You’ll be able to easily access the equipment without having to tear through last season’s duck hunting gear to get to your turkey call.
Mount packing is an art form
Packing mounts is a delicate tango. We have generally moved mounted ducks and geese in the last 4 years, which involves a tightly packed space and some ingenious use of ratchet straps.
If you have bigger mounts, check out Whitetail Writer’s coverage of his move from Pennsylvania to North Dakota. He developed a great way of crating and safely transporting his mounts.
Transporting guns can be tricky business
Be sure to invest in good, resilient cases for your firearm relocation. You’ll drive easier knowing your guns are comfortably riding along.
Keep in mind that different states have different laws for the transportation of firearms and ammunition. If you’re planning on stacking your guns in the backseat of your truck, some states may allow for them to be there, some may not. Research each state along your route, individually, and see what laws they have pertaining to gun transportation for non-residents.
After the move, the real fun begins. Obviously, hunting won’t be in the forefront of your mind in the first few weeks, so enjoy the chaos that goes hand-in-hand with moving to a new place. However, don’t let too much time pass before you turn your attention to the hunting side of moving...
For the rest of my response, check out this week's Ask Writing Huntress column on the Women's Outdoor News website!