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Cerick
November 17, 2008, 09:04 PM
When bird hunting this season I haven't been using hearing protection. I did when I was younger but dont anymore. Do you? Let me know for yes, no, or somtimes, and what kind of hunting you do.

hogdogs
November 17, 2008, 09:32 PM
I hunt small game, deer and hogs, and shoot rabbits dove, squirrels at the house. Never wear ear protection. Too far gone to worry about it now...
Brent

model70fan
November 17, 2008, 09:34 PM
All depends on what I'm hunting. I hunt almost everything, from elk to quail. The only times I wear ears are when on a dog town with a few friends around or when I'm driving the truck with a shooter on top (took me one time to realize that when someone shoots off the roof right over the rolled down window it's ouch city, still forget every once in a while though:o) So basically only while prairie dog huntin'

bswiv
November 17, 2008, 09:36 PM
In the field no.............

But I think if I hunted out of one of those boxes over a field and shot one of those hot magnums I would...............

My old .35 Rem going off in the swamp just ain't that loud..............

Swampghost
November 17, 2008, 09:40 PM
Peltor Tactical, great stuff and a great company.

Pahoo
November 17, 2008, 09:46 PM
Never, for more a couple of good reasons. Hearing protection is not only about the magnitude but duration of exposure. I work in industry all my life and never had problems with hard hats, Safety glasses, breathing protection and hearing protection. My hearing is excellent and can hear a squirrel climbing up a tree, within 25 yards. I do waer safety glasses while hunting as I have gotten burned my M/L primers.



Be Safe !!!!

almtiba
November 17, 2008, 09:49 PM
When I'm out for big game, I never use it.
When I shoot doves in Uruguay (500 doves a day) I surely do.

Regards,

Andre Tiba - Brazil

H5N1
November 17, 2008, 09:55 PM
I hunt dux, but in the event I am deer hunting I'll try to put them on before I shoot.

hoytinak
November 17, 2008, 09:59 PM
Too far gone to worry about it now...


Same here, besides I like to listen to everything around me when I'm out in the woods.

jimbo_4
November 17, 2008, 10:22 PM
I never do either. When I was in H.S., we used to hunt or just shoot out in the woods all the time. A few years later, went in the Navy and almost got the boot within the first week because my hearing was so bad. I still don't wear it, I guess I have a rather wide learning curve. Although, I'm not as "trigger happy" as I was back then either.

relee
November 17, 2008, 10:35 PM
WHAT???

siv
November 18, 2008, 12:31 AM
I don't like to wear it while I'm out hunting since that is a very good sense to have while hunting. However while out shooting targets that .30-06 gets pretty darn loud...

zahnzieh
November 18, 2008, 12:58 AM
For big game(deer) I'm not one to sling lead all over the place - one shot is all you get most times. For that reason i dont wear hearing protection - besides deer are pretty sneaky, you need all your senses.:o

FrankenMauser
November 18, 2008, 01:22 AM
It depends upon the weapons being carried by myself and the others in my party, how many shots I think we'll be firing, and what we are hunting.

For big game... never.
Small game... it really depends.

phil mcwilliam
November 18, 2008, 02:21 AM
I don't wear hearing protection when I'm hunting, as I prefer to being able to listen for animals. It also depends on the gun that you shoot-most 223's are noticeably quieter than 30-06"s. I owned a S&W 44 magnum that left your ears ringing after every shot, no doubt doing damage each time. Without hearing protection firing this pistol was like having a sledge hammer hit an anvil next to your ear with each shot. I think most people take their hearing for granted until too late. A close mate of mine that I've hunted with most of my life is now considering a hearing aid- 45 years old & hearing loss attributed to shooting. Maybe I should wear hearing protection.

dragonfire
November 18, 2008, 07:11 AM
I dont use it,whitetails are very quiet walkers and normally one missed twig breaking and youll never see em.Anyway im usually so excited I dont hear the 30-06 blast ;)

Double Naught Spy
November 18, 2008, 07:33 AM
I like to listen to everything around me when I'm out in the woods.

I don't like to wear it while I'm out hunting since that is a very good sense to have while hunting.

For big game(deer) I'm not one to sling lead all over the place - one shot is all you get most times. For that reason i dont wear hearing protection - besides deer are pretty sneaky, you need all your senses.

I don't wear hearing protection when I'm hunting, as I prefer to being able to listen for animals.

I see and hear these sorts of sentiments repeated time after time. The fact of the matter is that being able to hear is not mutually exclusive from hearing protection, although comments like this would seem to indicate that it is.

Swampghost gets it...
Peltor Tactical, great stuff and a great company.

Electronic hearing protection gives you access to both worlds. You have protected hearing while at the same time being able to hear. In many cases, you can actually hear a lot better with electronic muffs and so your sense of hearing is better than going without protection.

SilentHitz
November 18, 2008, 08:29 AM
Short answer...no.

12GaugeShuggoth
November 18, 2008, 08:43 AM
Nope, no protection while hunting for me. I wear it all other times, but haven't found a reason to do so while hunting. It's just bow 'n' arrow and shotguns for me anyway, though I may try to get in to BP sometime.:)

Bitmap
November 18, 2008, 08:47 AM
As far as I'm concerned, with the high quality and low price of electronic ear protection today, you're foolish if you don't use it.

HorseshoerJT
November 18, 2008, 08:48 AM
I use Walker game ear protection. Because my hearing is bad enough, and in my opinion everyone should use some form of hearing protection. You will still be able to hear game, or anything else. The report of the firearm is almost not audible. If you use a muzzle break like me, it is almost a must. There is nothing sissy about protecting yourself.

freedom475
November 18, 2008, 09:54 AM
I carry the silicone "Band Style" around my neck. It is just too easy to pull the plugs into place before a shot.

I know that my shooting is improved by knowing that the shot is not going to be loud.....I shoot a 475 Linebaugh most of the time. This things a joke without earplugs.

I don't use the plugs as much when I'm out with my Flintlock but it's not near as loud.

Brian Pfleuger
November 18, 2008, 10:01 AM
Radians Electronic Muffs for me. I can hear quiet things better AND not go deaf from the blast. The excitement makes you not notice the noise when your hunting but that doesn't mean there's no damage. It's no different than being at the range.
Frankly, with the range of equipment available today it's just plain foolish to fire a gun without protection. Your ears are worth more than the price of even the expensive brands.
The low end versions can be had on eBay or elsewhere for around $100 or less. You can actually get the hearing aid style by Radians for about $40 on eBay, last I checked.

johnwilliamson062
November 18, 2008, 10:59 AM
plug in all the way in the right ear and loose in the left so I can still hear. Sometimes I take the left out.

Kreyzhorse
November 18, 2008, 11:20 AM
Never while hunting.

Any one else noticed that one rifle shot at the range without hearing protection and your ears ring for days? One shot at a deer and you don't even notice the gun shot much less have any ear ringing?

Brian Pfleuger
November 18, 2008, 11:36 AM
Any one else noticed that one rifle shot at the range without hearing protection and your ears ring for days? One shot at a deer and you don't even notice the gun shot much less have any ear ringing?

Yes, I've noticed but it doesn't mean there's no damage. Noise is noise. Your ears don't care if your brain is too busy processing other data to tell you you've hurt your ears. Firing a gun without protection is foolish. Modern electronic protection devices are inexpensive, especially compared to a $3500 pair of hearing aids.

davlandrum
November 18, 2008, 11:49 AM
Never used to, and still don't hunting with a rifle, but if I am hunting with my .460 SW, I put it on before I hunt.

Scorch
November 18, 2008, 12:50 PM
I wear mine religiously whenever I hunt. I use North Sonic Ear Valves because they don't cut down on conversation-level sound, but close off with gunfire noise. I was a helicopter mechanic among other things in the USMC, and add 20 years of high-noise manufacturing plant, and the constant ringing in my ears gets worse every year without any help from gunfire.

indy245
November 18, 2008, 12:51 PM
I wear the disposable ones that have a string so I can hang them on my neck, they have plastic stubs so you can push them into your ears.

Indy.

http://www.earinc.com/shop/product_info.php?cPath=22&products_id=31

rem870hunter
November 18, 2008, 02:56 PM
never did, never thought about it either. at the range yes i will, but out in the fields or woods,etc. i need to be able to hear. and i think it would be too much fumbling to get earplugs or muffs in/on right before shooting. i can't hear squirrels making noise with plugs in :D.

FrontSight
November 18, 2008, 04:22 PM
I do now, after shoting a .460 6 times with none last year. Took months for the ringing to go away

treg
November 18, 2008, 10:11 PM
I do when hunting w/ a CF handgun, but not w/ a long gun or .22 pistol. I've got some cheap plugs w/ a metal insert that allow you to hear pretty well but block gunshots. I'd rather lose a minor amount of hearing while hunting than the major amount lost and the ringing for days involved w/ shooting a CF handgun w/o plugs - maybe multiple times. BTDT, ain't no fun, couldn't hear anything for 3 days.
I always wear protection when target shooting w/ any gun.

USA123456789
November 18, 2008, 11:16 PM
I am deaf any ways i am a trap shooter. I where while at the range but for 1 measly shot no but maybe if i had more sensitive hearing i would.

zahnzieh
November 19, 2008, 12:22 AM
Are there any of the ear-muff hearing protectors that also integrate walkie talkies.? For shotgun season we use walkie-talkies for push/drives - too much hassle to have an ear-bud and a muff type amplifier/protector. I figure it is just one more thing to fiddle with when you should be focused on hunting.

Double Naught Spy
November 19, 2008, 07:24 AM
Yep, Peltor makes them.

Peltor Lite Com Headset
http://www.botachtactical.com/peli2rahe.html

We have used them, but not for hunting, though I am sure they would be fine for hunting. You get both coms and electronic muffs rolled into one.

Brian Pfleuger
November 19, 2008, 10:40 AM
Are there any of the ear-muff hearing protectors that also integrate walkie talkies.?

Peltor and Walkers' both make a version but there's a much cheaper way (and it's better too IMO). I use a regular headset made by Radians (it's very similar to their Maximus but camo) and I run an earbud. It works great. Put in the earbud and put on the headset. It's completely comfortable, I forget I'm wearing it until someone talks in my ear. BY using your own radio with a separate headset you're not limited by the technology of the headset as far as radio distance and channel selection capabilities. When a new radio comes out that you want you just buy it without having to replace the whole set up at a cost of $350-$500.

ZeSpectre
November 19, 2008, 11:02 AM
I wear the disposable ones that have a string so I can hang them on my neck, they have plastic stubs so you can push them into your ears.
Similar here.
Aside from hearing loss, tinnitus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinnitus) sucks in ways you can't imagine if you haven't ever had to deal with it.

kayakersteve
November 19, 2008, 11:45 AM
You guys that dont wear it are being naive . Re-read his post. You will actually hear better with electronic hearing proection and where I hunt it also helps keep my ears warm!

YARDDOG(1)
November 19, 2008, 02:40 PM
My hearing is too far gone ringing all time both ears can't hear certain cell phones or beeping high pichted, now I can hear don't get me wrong,but most deer wear I hunt I usaully see em before I here em SO (NO):eek:

Brian Pfleuger
November 19, 2008, 03:32 PM
If you can still hear then you need to wear protection.


Please seriously rethink your choices if you don't wear hearing protection!

If you don't you soon will not be able to hear at all and the question will be meaningless. I know many people already have hearing problems. I saw it many times over with men in their 30s and 40s when I sold hearing aids. The question becomes one of choices. Do you want to choose to protect what you have left of do you want to choose those giant Behind-The-Ear hearing aids? If you continue to abuse your ears those giant hearing aids will be the only ones powerful enough to help.
You know what the worst part is? By the time you need those giant aids they will have to be so powerful that the hearing aid itself will damage what hearing you have left. You will slowly go deaf just trying to hear.

Loud is loud. Even if you're so deaf you can barely hear it 90 decibels and higher will damage your ears and it will take 90+ decibels to make you hear.

Please seriously rethink your choices if you don't wear hearing protection!