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#5241169 - 08/07/14 07:23 PM Ear protection
Txkiller Offline
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Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 25258
Loc: Hwy 380
Well I'm sure all of us has done at-least once, shooting without some type of hearing protection.... I've hunted for yrs without em and now I'm down to the final straw my left ear has had it with a constant ringing and now it's time to protect what I have left! So I purchased a pair of "Howard Leight R-01526 Impact Sport Electronic Earmuff's" and I can tell you guys right now I wish I had these yrs ago. They're lightweight, slim, and perform well for the price I actually hear better with them on and as soon as the rifle goes off my ears are protected. I had them on tue night during a hunt I fired two shots at a hog and I had a small grin on my face because my ears weren't ringing. I just wanted to share this with you guys it's better to protect them now than later, I got these at Cabellas for $57 and they're cheaper online. I'm sure there's better brands out on the market but these def fit my needs you guys be safe.

#5241223 - 08/07/14 07:54 PM Re: Ear protection [Re: Txkiller]
Simple Searcher Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 5826
Loc: Helotes, Hext
I am with you, I have had a few too many shots without protection. I found that I concentrate on my shot better with them on, helps me focus.
I love the kind with the speakers, really cool, less screaming.

"Man is still a hunter, still a simple searcher after meat..." Robert C. Ruark

#5241361 - 08/07/14 09:10 PM Re: Ear protection [Re: Txkiller]
Halfadozen Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/29/09
Posts: 8599
Loc: Parker County
Have a pair of Walkers Game Ears. Heard a possum through the woods at 30 yards, and got excited thinking it was a buck. I like the amplification and noise canceling when I shoot. Just don't use them enough and I should....... You hear me?
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#5241514 - 08/07/14 10:05 PM Re: Ear protection [Re: Txkiller]
jetdad Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 1140
Loc: Grayson county
It's too late for me, I'm just trying to save what's left in my right ear. I got a pair of the Howard Leights last year and love them. I too can hear better with them on. I would recommend them to anyone. It only took me 50 yrs to learn. hammer

#5241579 - 08/07/14 10:30 PM Re: Ear protection [Re: Txkiller]
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Extreme Tracker

Registered: 05/16/07
Posts: 4380
Loc: North Dallas
Yep. Bought the same set as you, Killer and love them. Wish I had bought them long ago.

#5241686 - 08/07/14 11:23 PM Re: Ear protection [Re: Txkiller]
Gone to Texas Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 07/05/13
Posts: 2642
Loc: Hurst
I use these for duck hunting and love them. When dove hunting I just use the good 'ol orange plugs. I have been looking into getting some molded ear plugs, I read that DefendEar makes a pair that cancels out certain dBs. I think they are 100 bucks or so, might look into them.

Edited by Gone to Texas (08/07/14 11:23 PM)

#5241922 - 08/08/14 07:04 AM Re: Ear protection [Re: Txkiller]
Creekrunner Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 9829
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Just saw these on the Cabela's site, but you're right, you can find them for about 10.00 cheaper on Amazon. I use plugs religiously, but I've never tried the amplifier earmuffs. I did read on the "Gun Nuts" F&S blog that one of the more popular self-defense instructors teaches to keep these with your pistol. I doubt I'd think to put them on, but it would be nice to be able to hear when the bad guy's ears are ringing.
...and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Gen. 1:28

#5242084 - 08/08/14 09:06 AM Re: Ear protection [Re: Txkiller]
passthru Offline
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Registered: 12/05/06
Posts: 11224
Loc: Saginaw, Tx

These are what I have been wearing a lot lately. Not a fan of the muff style with a rifle or shotgun but these are comfortable and still allow me to hear fairly well.
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#5242165 - 08/08/14 09:47 AM Re: Ear protection [Re: passthru]
Gone to Texas Offline
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Registered: 07/05/13
Posts: 2642
Loc: Hurst
Originally Posted By: passthru

These are what I have been wearing a lot lately. Not a fan of the muff style with a rifle or shotgun but these are comfortable and still allow me to hear fairly well.

I have a pair of those but they really hurt my ears after being in for 10+ minutes.

I wore these Allen Company Light hearing protection last dove season and they were just awesome. You can hear very well and the noise canceling is great. Only problem is, they look kind of goofy and do not fit over a palm leaf cowboy hat...

#5242207 - 08/08/14 10:14 AM Re: Ear protection [Re: Txkiller]
Bowhunt Only Offline
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Registered: 10/06/11
Posts: 1762
Loc: Houston
It's too late for me as well. I have high frequency hearing loss in both ears and it's permanent. I wear plugs or muffs whenever I shoot now.

And archery hunting is quieter! smile

Edited by Bowhunt Only (08/08/14 10:16 AM)

#5242417 - 08/08/14 12:16 PM Re: Ear protection [Re: Txkiller]
Sam in the Hills Offline

Registered: 07/10/14
Posts: 72
Loc: Taylor and Menard Co
I have a similar pair- I love the amplification- I thought a dang armadillo was a deer though- had to turn those suckers down a bit lol. I have a hard time getting a good position with the muff version to- I keep a plug in my right ear and wear the muffs over- then slip the right ear muff backwards to aim and shoot- still protected by the plug and my left ear can hear the speakers (I hear better on the left anyways) My ponytail holds the right one from slipping all the way off and holds it tight to my left ear.

If I don't wear hearing protection I get a huge headache after I take a shot. Husband on the other hand...he is deaf from not wearing any and it doesn't bother him one bit- me on the other hand....I hate having to scream at him to be heard lol. wife
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#5242430 - 08/08/14 12:23 PM Re: Ear protection [Re: Txkiller]
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Registered: 08/27/09
Posts: 11844
Loc: Forney, Tx
I use these all the time for work. I can hook them into our radios and hear what everybody is saying and still have the ability to quieten the shots. They don't beat the $400 ear buds, but they are way more comfortable then the ear buds.
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Enjoy it while you can. One day you might be complaining about NOT getting random pop-ups in the morning. grin

#5243417 - 08/08/14 11:22 PM Re: Ear protection [Re: Txkiller]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/01/10
Posts: 5922
Loc: DFW
I have the same ones and have hunted with ear protection for years. My dad always said you only have one hearing you might as well protect it.

#5243725 - 08/09/14 08:56 AM Re: Ear protection [Re: Txkiller]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 06/26/13
Posts: 5072
Loc: Nevada, TX
I also use the howard leights, but I have been looking at the custom molded ones for inside the ear as they are more comfortable and better for rifle shooting but cost anywhere from 1500 and up. When I was at the DSC last year sport ear was coming out with a new one and it is very comfortable and still digital but not custom molded. Sport Ear Plugs\ at $500 they are an awesome deal and I am about to get a pair.


#5244862 - 08/10/14 01:50 AM Re: Ear protection [Re: Txkiller]
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