View Full Version : Hunting with the boomers... hearing protection choices ???
Magnum Wheel Man
September 28, 2009, 07:58 AM
I don't "normally" like to wear hearing protection while hunting, but I have a couple boomers that would be both painfull & damaging not to wear hearing protection...
what do you guys like to use on the really loud guns, while hunting ???
September 28, 2009, 10:48 AM
It may not be conventional, but I use the marshmallow style headphones when I'm out and about. They don't cancel a whole ton of noise, but for a couple of shots at the most they do just fine. I just run the cord down the back of my shirt and have the Y sit against the back of my neck with the buds draped over each shoulder. Just pop them in and you're ready to roll.
Oh and for reference I shoot a Ruger MKII 7 Remmag and I've never been bothered by the sound. I've used a buddies Browning 7 Remmag with a boss and that was no problem either.
Don't buy expensive ones. I often see them for $5 and they can be found for considerably less if you look around online enough.
September 28, 2009, 10:52 AM
I hate shooting with muffs on. I tolerate it at the range along with plugs, but I couldn't do it in the field. Were I you, I'd tuck a couple blue rubber plugs into the crook of my ear and shove them in right before I take a shot.
September 28, 2009, 11:18 AM
I currently use a set of electronic muffs from Radians. I think the model is the Omni, I also think that they don't make the exact set anymore.
I won't shoot a gun, hunting or otherwise, without protection. The electronic muffs turn a burden into an advantage. I simply run a earpiece under the muffs which allows me to hear my two-way radio without it being heard by the prey and the muffs allow me to hear the incoming animals better than ever. As a matter of fact, I have a set that look like hearing aids (think Game Ear but cheaper) that I wear while bowhunting.
September 28, 2009, 12:36 PM
I use North Sonic Ear Valves, ear plugs that have a spring-loded diaphragm that quickly closes off for loud noises. These are not for the range, but work great for hunting.
September 29, 2009, 02:24 PM
+1 on electronic muffs. This will be my first year trying it for long hunting days, so hope all goes well. When I bought my .460, I realized it was going to be a must.
Only problem is I can't wear my blaze camo cowboy hat with them, the one with all the blood drops on it...probably will prevent me from killing anything this year...;)
September 29, 2009, 06:16 PM
davlandrum, I have a pair where the wire goes around the back of your head, instead of over the top...i forget the brand but I can look tonight if you want.
September 30, 2009, 05:48 PM
Scrap, I'd appreaciate that. I will use what I have for this year. I will stick the cowboy hat in my pack for pictures afterward! And if it is with me for the shot, it still gets a spot.
September 30, 2009, 08:46 PM
I use Peltor Tactical 6's. +6 db. gain and their service is excellent.
http://www.peltor.se/int/Page.asp?Pagenumber=151 The site is acting funky at this moment.
September 30, 2009, 09:22 PM
I hunt with either a .308, 7mm Rem Mag or a 45-70 Gov't but just can't hunt with any type of hearing protection. While I wouldn't dream of target shooting without hearing protection, I'll take the risk of 1, 2 or 3 un-protected shots a year.
October 1, 2009, 11:40 AM
Krezy - I agree with a rifle, but this pistol is a whole different ball game.
October 1, 2009, 12:14 PM
I always have a cheap set of disposable earplugs in my pocket. I would only be able to put them in if I were taking a long shot at an animal that isn't going anywhere. If I anticipate long shots (open country hunt) I'll be bring the .338 RUM with muzzle brake. In that case I'll make time to get the plugs in.
October 1, 2009, 11:55 PM
Krezy, take about 50 yrs. of hunting with and without buddies (deer, hogs, ducks) and you will wish that you wore some.
I'm also getting a little deef. Suprisingly, it works to my advantage when dealing with my wife.
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