Have you reached into your hunting pack after cleaning a deer to find your overpriced hunting wipes all dried out?  Do you convince your hunting buddy to hand over his water bottle so you have clean hands, leaving him thirsty the rest of the day?  Or are you from the north and dip your hands in the snow, giving yourself freezing hands to drag your deer out of the woods with?

Take a few seconds before your next hunt to prepare by trying this simple trick introduced to me by Curt Phillips. After hunting with Curt for over three years he has shown me invaluable tricks to making my hunting experience more comfortable. Curt is always prepared, carrying his knife, saw, and homemade hand cleaning kit (that actually cleans hands).

Materials Needed:
  • 1 gallon ziploc bag with zipper
  • Small hand towel (garage rag or half of an old shirt)
  • 3-4 sheets torn from a paper towel roll

Take the sheets from the paper towel roll and place them at the bottom of the 1 gallon Ziploc bag.  Pour a small amount of water in the Ziploc bag, just enough that all the water absorbs into the paper towels.  Now, place the hand towel in the Ziploc bag, push the air out and seal.

You now have moist paper towels that you can clean not only your hands with, but your knife and saw.  Use the hand towel to dry hands and get any remaining blood off your hands and wrists. When done, place rags back in bag and dispose of properly when you get home.

Benefits of Homemade Hand Cleaning Kit:
  • Saves money
  • Saves time
  • Keeps blood off hunting clothes
  • Keeps blood off hunting bags and equipment
  • Ability to clean knife and saw thoroughly
  • Light and easy to pack
  • No cold hands
Justin J. Lind

December 2017
White Buffalo Outdoors