Waterproofing Gloves


Comfort can make or break any adventure.  Naturally, duck hunting occurs near water, which adds an extra element to contend with.  Staying warm and dry will allow you to hunt longer, and bring more ducks home.

Some waterfowl hunters like to call with gloves on, and some prefer to call with their gloves off.  Regardless of calling preferences, most everybody handles decoys and hunting equipment with gloves.  You don’t often need to submerge your hand when setting out or cleaning up a decoy spread, but your hands will get wet.   In the northern half of the country, temperatures can be well below freezing during hunting season, so gloves are a must.  Neoprene gloves don’t seem to live up to their promises as far as longevity and comfort.

Try this do-it-yourself method to make warm, comfortable, water resistant gloves that can be used for hunting, or just working around the yard.  Start with a pair of leather, “thinsulated” gloves.   These gloves are naturally warm and comfortable, but not waterproof or water resistant.  But, they can be made to shed water.  First, they should be heated in a toaster oven, or some similar method.  Be careful not to heat them beyond the point where you can put them on your hands.  Once heated, put the gloves on, and open a can of Sno Seal.  Rub a generous amount all over the gloves, in all the seams and both sides of each glove.  Let it dry, and repeat this process 3-4 times.  You can repeat this method a few times during the season to keep them water resistant.

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