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Cleaning bloody hunting clothes
We did a pheasant hunt and of course placing shot birds in the game pouch bloodied both the hunting vest and clothing underneath. By the time I could clean my clothes it was maybe eight hours later.
So here is my solution: Drop the clothes in a little cold water in the bathtub. A lot of dried blood will dissolve in the water and what remains will be softened and I believe easier to treat. Next I spray hydrogen peroxide on the stains and let it soak several minutes. Next step is to wash in cold water, detergent and something like Oxyclean. If I see some stain left I repeat the procedure. If you place in the dryer the stain will be set so don't do that until you get rid of the stain. When satisfied I run the clothes through the dryer, if unsure I line dry.
My only problem was with my jeans. I saw the slightest trace of blood on my patch pocket. Oh well, they are jeans.
One of my hunting partners placed his birds in a plastic bag before placing in his pouch. I wouldn't do that. I called him a wuss and other things.
Hope you find this helpful. I welcome additional tips.