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Question by redfishunter. Uploaded on January 22, 2013
only time i wear ear protection hunting is when im shooting high volume crows, prairie dogs, and ground hogs. dont shoot enough in the goose blind when i hunt.
None! But then I don't hunt waterfowl! (personal choice)
Thanks for that helpful input, Bubba.
I hunt field hedgerows for geese and I don't wear any hearing protection but I think that is going to change this year! I am finally starting to notice the beating my hearing takes at the end of a day in the field. I think I'm kinda stuck with no protection when pheasant hunting, which is unfortunate because the barrel of that gun is two inches shorter (but it's not a 3" mag either). This coming year I'm going to use plugs when hunting geese. And not the foam ones either. They hurt my ears, are a PAIN to get rolled up when they are cold, and don't work nearly as well as the alternative - plastic shopping bags. Yep, you heard me! Tear off a piece of bag about as big as your palm, roll it up, and stuff in the ear, preferably with a piece hanging out. Works great! I discovered that trick a long time ago when sighting in my rifle. Found I forgot my earplugs at home so I had to make due with what I could find in the truck.
Anyway, redfish, because we hunt with dogs over decoys I think using hearing protection can still be effective. Rely on the dog's ears. Just watch them. My dogs almost always hear the honkers long before I do even back in the days when my hearing was pretty good.
If I am hunting by myself, none. But if I'm hunting in blind with one or two others I'll put in plugs, because two guns is twice as loud.
HUh? What did you say? Oh, none unfortunately.Not sure where my hearing damage came from but I certainly have some. Any background noise I dont hear very well.
I use the combat ear plugs I bought at cabelas. One end is like a regular ear plug the other lets in some sound. They work ok, not that expensive and are nice when you have multiple people hunting with you. Still sounds like your calling in 5 gallon pail but that happens with all ear plugs.
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