By Mark Kay
Even though I live in the Deep South where it’s often too warm for gloves during rifle season, I wear a lightweight cotton glove on my right hand (because I’m right handed) no matter how hot it is when I go hunting.
The reason I do this is because it’s very humid where I’m from, and fogging my scope from my breath or because I’m hunting in a moist atmosphere can be a very real issue.
The absorbent properties of the glove make it easy to quickly wipe away fog from the scope lens with my thumb at a moment’s notice.
Touching your scope lens would not be advisable with a bare finger, which can leave grease or grime on the lens without absorbing any moisture at all. You probably know this from experience.
Also, I don’t like the risk of scratching my scope lens with a glove or anything other than proper lens-cleaning cloth. So, using the glove is a last resort.
I started wearing the glove after too many occasions when a buck appeared and I couldn’t find it in my foggy scope. Over the years, I’ve learned if I wear a cloth glove, there’s no need to panic. I simply wipe away the fog and make the shot.