How to clean caribou gear game bags

3 Easy Steps to Clean Your Caribou Gear Game Bags

With good care, a set of Caribou Gear game bags can last for many years. In a new video, we show you step-by-step how to clean a used set of game bags.

The game bags used in this video are from our Wapiti set, which is designed to hold a bull elk with bone-in quarters. Our game bags are sized for different species and applications – but they all feature the same, patented fabric. So these cleaning tips apply to any Caribou Gear game bag.

These particular game bags were used on an archery elk hunt. Quarters and loose meat were placed directly into these bags and packed off the mountain. Back at base camp, the meat hung in the bags overnight before being loaded into coolers for a 6-hour drive home. After a long journey from the field to the processing table, these bags were stained and bloody, providing a great example of just how simple it is to wash them. 

Our bags are easy to wash. In fact, they are machine washable. But in this video, we’ll show you how to do it with just cold water and dish soap:

After the hunt, washing your game bags is easy. Here’s a breakdown of the 3 easy steps:

1. Rinse The Game Bags

As a first step, take a few minutes to hose off the game bags. This will quickly remove excess blood.

2. Soak in Cold Water and Dish Soap

Next, fill a 5-gallon bucket or a sink with cold water and dish soap. Let the game bags soak for at least an hour.

3. Rinse with Clean Water

Remove the game bags from the soapy water and give them a good rinse with clean, cold water. If necessary, you can repeat steps 2 and 3.

Optional: Machine Wash

The first three steps are enough to clean your Caribou Gear Game bags. However, it may be helpful to know that our game bags are machine washable. As an alternative or an optional final step, you can run the game bags through a cold water cycle in a washing machine with standard laundry detergent. Our bags are also safe to use with bleach. 

Drying the Game Bags

Caribou Gear game bags can be line dried, or tumble-dried on a cool setting. Make sure your bags are completely dry before packing them back into their storage bag. 

Once clean, dried and folded back into their storage bag, your Caribou Gear game bags are ready to use on another hunting adventure. With a little care at the end of your hunt, these game bags will perform year after year. 

To find your next set of bags, take a look at the options we have available here on the website. If you have questions or need help, please feel free to contact us. We offer free shipping on all orders here at

By Ryan McSparran

Ryan is an outdoor writer based in Colorado, and is proud to be a part of the team at Caribou Gear.

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