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#5851802 - 07/28/15 10:58 AM Ear protection???
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Registered: 08/06/14
Posts: 589
Loc: Galveston Bay
What is a good way to protect your ears while hunting in the field? Just a simple plug to stick in at the last minute before shooting? What about stalking your prey when you need your hearing to follow prey/pigs? I tried the game ears muffs but they are so loud with interference it isnt practical to hunt with.

Last year I took a shot without plugs and it sucked big time!

Trust me I want a suppressor but it isnt in the budget so that is out for now. I am going to get a mini monster surefire for my AR eventually but it will be a few more years

just curious as to what ya'alls system is for protection

thanks
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#5851810 - 07/28/15 11:07 AM Re: Ear protection??? [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 12/14/08
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Loc: North Texas - God's Country
This why I hunt suppressed. I wear ears at the range but I want my senses intact when hunting.
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#5851821 - 07/28/15 11:13 AM Re: Ear protection??? [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 4783
Loc: Germany
Howard Leight's. I bought a set for the whole family. Works great.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001T7QJ9O/?tag...sl_8u1fe46m7f_b
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#5851827 - 07/28/15 11:21 AM Re: Ear protection??? [Re: kry226]
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 6479
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Originally Posted By: kry226
Howard Leight's. I bought a set for the whole family. Works great.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001T7QJ9O/?tag...sl_8u1fe46m7f_b


I have two pair of those-that's a pretty good price, you won't find them much cheaper. I like them but I've only hunted with them 2-3 times. Mainly mine have been used at the range. They should get more use this fall unless my suppressors finally get here.
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#5851845 - 07/28/15 11:31 AM Re: Ear protection??? [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 06/11/11
Posts: 1725
Loc: DFW
Howard Leight's

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#5852168 - 07/28/15 02:29 PM Re: Ear protection??? [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 04/26/07
Posts: 310
Loc: Dallas, Tx
I just put a pair of ear muffs on my leg and then pop them on when it is time.

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#5852377 - 07/28/15 04:58 PM Re: Ear protection??? [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 12/01/08
Posts: 1992
Loc: Dallas, TX
In the past, I've used lightweight plugs, preferably the "sonic" type and put them in as late as possible. That said, the current crop of low profile electronic muffs are pretty good. You complain about them being loud, but most of them now have volume control, so you shouldn't have that problem. I do agree that the muffs can struggle when it's windy, and I dial down the volume on those days. They may not be perfect, but they're pretty good.

Finally, not to sound like too much of a hypocrite, I've got a Griffin Sportsman suppressor on the way specifically to avoid these minor issues. I now have several suppressors, and find them to be like potato chips: you can't get just one.
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#5852389 - 07/28/15 05:09 PM Re: Ear protection??? [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9307
Loc: wondering about the woods
cheers good thread... Back whin first started chooten, huh, earplugs & hunten ? rofl was unheard of... Learning ta fast draw, .22 it took practice, draw&fire, draw&fire, draw&fire... Go threw a brick a day... Sighting in for hunting, close shots, 50yard target, unless gun has a curved barrel, rofl wish still had that mussy, for prank... Couple shots ta zero in, one shot kill... Don't do lot of target paractive with the 30-30,or other modern deer&hog rifles. am confident in my shooting, & know my limitations... Allthe years hunting never wore ear protection, never had ringing in ears, & am concentrating on other fundementals... Have done hearing tests & pased no problems... Theirs a difference between target practice & hunting... If doing alot of target shooting,or plinking in me old age, cheers ear plugs, out hunting no ear plugs, for 1shot, listening ta polatitions is harder on my ears, dan chooten... Good thread, watch bull ridering, more & more riders wearing helmets, tip my cowboyhat safety, get some of the orange ones ya roll-up & they expand... flag
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#5856486 - 07/30/15 11:11 PM Re: Ear protection??? [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 02/07/13
Posts: 259
Loc: Austin
So I have tinnitus and hearing loss from shooting my grandpas .22 revolver, 20 yrs ago... I don't want it to get worse so I hunt with the Walkers power muffs with the mics and volume control. I can hear whispers in the field and they are rated around 24 NRR. I also tend to bowhunt more too. no loud bangs and limit the shooting too.

At the range I prefer to go when there are fewer people around, move away from the guy shooting w the muzzle brake, and wear the muffs with the 31 or 33 NRR.

I read it someplace that hearing damage is like that bottle you drop on concrete and all it does is rattle around but not break; it only takes one time for the bottle to break and then you're screwed. Even though you shoot "all the time" w/o protection, sometimes the bottle breaks.

Here are some links with some good info on shooting, noise levels, and hearing loss:
http://m14forum.com/hearing/78442-various-noise-levels-firearms.html
http://earplugstore.typepad.com/got_ears...ht-for-you.html


Edited by foodieguy (07/30/15 11:30 PM)
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#5856512 - 07/31/15 01:45 AM Re: Ear protection??? [Re: Bigfoot]
Reloder28 Offline
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Registered: 04/17/07
Posts: 276
Loc: Deer Park, Tx
I have access to many types of ear protection. I prefer the foam expanding type remaining in my left ear. I then wear the plastic band type around my neck. Prior to the shot it is simple to deploy. Or, I wear the lanyard type and simply push the right one in at show time. Only takes seconds.

Tried muffs that are too bulky, can't wear my hat, won't integrate with my stock, make my ear sweat, etc.

My opinion is, you never know when you may need to shoot. Ear protection is a minimal transition afield & you should never discount it as unimportant.
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#5856540 - 07/31/15 04:54 AM Re: Ear protection??? [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 4783
Loc: Germany
If I had the money, I'd ditch the muffs and go with a hearing aid-type of electronic hearing protection. Problem solved.
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#5858456 - 08/01/15 12:09 PM Re: Ear protection??? [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 12/05/06
Posts: 10868
Loc: Saginaw, Tx
IDK but whatever you use beats the constant ringing I hear now.
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#5860902 - 08/03/15 10:23 AM Re: Ear protection??? [Re: kry226]
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Registered: 09/03/05
Posts: 3309
Loc: Dallas, TX
Originally Posted By: kry226
Howard Leight's. I bought a set for the whole family. Works great.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001T7QJ9O/?tag...sl_8u1fe46m7f_b


That's what I use

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#5860904 - 08/03/15 10:24 AM Re: Ear protection??? [Re: HogBranch]
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Registered: 09/03/05
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Loc: Dallas, TX
Originally Posted By: HogBranch
I just put a pair of ear muffs on my leg and then pop them on when it is time.


This is what I do when hunting from a blind

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#5860914 - 08/03/15 10:31 AM Re: Ear protection??? [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 03/26/12
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Loc: Nurturing Biosphere Mothership
I sure wish I would have listened to my Father many years ago...the damage is already done for me in my left ear.
I have a automatic set I use now
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