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Obviously, wearing hearing protection is standard procedure when target shooting, but how many of you wear some form of it when hunting?

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  • jcarlin
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    Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post
    I have never worn any. I am left handed so my right hearing is about
    40% gone.

    To the younger guys, get those electronic muffs, I hear they really work.
    JHP. don't give up on hearing. 40% is still 60% there and it's cumulative. Being less deaf next year is still worth it.

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  • jcarlin
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    Originally posted by 4everAutumn View Post
    I've got a pair of noise cancelling muffs that I use. I don't wear them all the time like I should, but I wear them when I revolver hunt for deer. The thing I don't like about them is they amplify sound so it makes it hard to tell how close something is when you hear it.
    I just spent all weekend wearing them outside for a class. I'm now down with it on hunting. Direction wasn't a problem, and I could tell exactly when and where a groundhog was about to top the berm along the range.
    It's decided. I'm wearing them hunting.

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  • Pathfinder1
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    Hi...


    I've never worn hearing protection when afield..although think I should have...Same when around noisy machinery...!!


    Now...since I realize some apparent hearing loss...I'll ALWAYS wear hearing protection at a shooting range...and when around noisy machinery.


    I have one pair made to be inserted into the ear...and one that covers the ears...!! I'd like to leave what's left of my hearing intact...!!

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  • jcarlin
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    Originally posted by jcarlin View Post
    I haven't while hunting. I do when mowing the lawn, running a chainsaw, shooting at the range. I've made sure my kids have had them along on our hunting trips this year if anything bigger than .22s were involved.

    I recently bought a pair of electronic muffs for the range and have been wearing them around. They seem to be pretty good, but I'm not sure how they effect directional hearing yet.
    This summer I plan on sitting the backyard stand a few mornings wearing them to see how I feel they perform in that respect. I'll try to remember to post the results.
    4everAutumn. I wore mine last night just sitting around the house while I was packing my gear for a Fighting Pistol class this weekend.
    I didn't seem to have any problem with direction at all, and was surprised. The blower from the wood stove sounded like a freight train passing through a forest fire though.
    On the upside, I could control the tv volume to my own personal liking. On the downside, I could hear everyone else very loudly as well.

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  • MN Outdoorsman
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    Originally posted by MN Outdoorsman View Post
    Here's a pic of me walking by one of my cameras last year. The date and time are obviously wrong. Hopefully in a few years my ears will be better enough where I don't need them while deer or turkey hunting but that day may also never come I'm fully aware. I'm just trying to prevent further damage. One hand reaches up and can slide them down pretty easily. I may spook a few animals but I gotta do what I gotta do. I'll be looking into electronic ones soon.
    I figured someone would be like blaze orange in October deer hunting lol? We do get snow earlier than most but before Novemeber doesn't happen too often (I'm an hour south of metro). As you can see I am really bundled up. Was a coooold November. 7:58 p.m. would be dark that time of year also I think.

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  • jcarlin
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    Originally posted by jcarlin View Post
    I haven't while hunting. I do when mowing the lawn, running a chainsaw, shooting at the range. I've made sure my kids have had them along on our hunting trips this year if anything bigger than .22s were involved.

    I recently bought a pair of electronic muffs for the range and have been wearing them around. They seem to be pretty good, but I'm not sure how they effect directional hearing yet.
    This summer I plan on sitting the backyard stand a few mornings wearing them to see how I feel they perform in that respect. I'll try to remember to post the results.
    Mine do too, and I know from wearing them around that if their volumes are balanced, I can tell right and left. Whether it's in front of or behind me is different though. I don't know the answer but I always thought the in front of or behind aspect was more complicated than left or right. If it's just a direction from 2 sensors, then the overlapping circle diagram has two possible intersections one behind me and one in front of me. But you always know naturally. So I wondered if we somehow registered the route the wave took through our ears, which the muffs would completely negate.

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  • huntfishtrap
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    Originally posted by MN Outdoorsman View Post
    Here's a pic of me walking by one of my cameras last year. The date and time are obviously wrong. Hopefully in a few years my ears will be better enough where I don't need them while deer or turkey hunting but that day may also never come I'm fully aware. I'm just trying to prevent further damage. One hand reaches up and can slide them down pretty easily. I may spook a few animals but I gotta do what I gotta do. I'll be looking into electronic ones soon.
    I would never have known that the date was wrong. It is MN after all... Lol

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  • MN Outdoorsman
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    Here's a pic of me walking by one of my cameras last year. The date and time are obviously wrong. Hopefully in a few years my ears will be better enough where I don't need them while deer or turkey hunting but that day may also never come I'm fully aware. I'm just trying to prevent further damage. One hand reaches up and can slide them down pretty easily. I may spook a few animals but I gotta do what I gotta do. I'll be looking into electronic ones soon.
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  • Happy Myles
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    During my early years of hunting, range shooting, and while in the Service, I never wore protection. Now, I am almost totally deaf. These days I wear both plugs and muffs at the range, which is a little like closing the barn door after the horse gets out. I do not wear them hunting because I still hunt dangerous game with tracker and PH and we need to attempt to communicate. Though often I feel they might get my attention more readily by throwing rocks at me. Anyone who thinks shooting does not destroy hearing need only attend a hunting convention and watch old timers shout at each other,

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  • 4everAutumn
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    Originally posted by jcarlin View Post
    I haven't while hunting. I do when mowing the lawn, running a chainsaw, shooting at the range. I've made sure my kids have had them along on our hunting trips this year if anything bigger than .22s were involved.

    I recently bought a pair of electronic muffs for the range and have been wearing them around. They seem to be pretty good, but I'm not sure how they effect directional hearing yet.
    This summer I plan on sitting the backyard stand a few mornings wearing them to see how I feel they perform in that respect. I'll try to remember to post the results.
    I just went up and looked at mine. They have a mic (or speaker?) on both the right and left muff. I bet if they were on just one side, direction would be a problem.

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  • 4everAutumn
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    Originally posted by 4everAutumn View Post
    I've got a pair of noise cancelling muffs that I use. I don't wear them all the time like I should, but I wear them when I revolver hunt for deer. The thing I don't like about them is they amplify sound so it makes it hard to tell how close something is when you hear it.
    You can tell direction just fine, but the noise is hard to get used to. Even the slightest breeze sounds like a strong wind and an animal in the distance sounds like it's right on top of you. It gets better with time, but it is a really strange sensation at first.

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  • jcarlin
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    Originally posted by 4everAutumn View Post
    I've got a pair of noise cancelling muffs that I use. I don't wear them all the time like I should, but I wear them when I revolver hunt for deer. The thing I don't like about them is they amplify sound so it makes it hard to tell how close something is when you hear it.
    So distance is difficult.
    Can you tell direction?

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  • huntfishtrap
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    Originally posted by MN Outdoorsman View Post
    I started a couple years ago. One morning in a goose blind my buddies barrel got too close to my ear and they have been ringing ever since. It got better over the last couple years but if I shoot now even just for deer hunting they start ringing again for a few days. I'm 30 and having ear problems is scary (that first year of having them ring horribly as I tried to sleep freaked me out) so I don't take any chances anymore. I have ear muffs that I slip over my ears when I'm about to shoot a deer or turkey. I have found them to be easier and less movement than putting in the plugs. I guess I just have sensitive ears cause no one I know wears them hunting.
    I wear ear plugs when waterfowl hunting, but that's about it. The hearing in my left ear (I'm a righty) is noticeably poorer than my right, and I'm 21. To be fair, I'm not sure whether to attribute that to shooting guns though, because I've always worn hearing protection when target shooting with anything larger than .22s. When I was a kid I did wear muffs when deer and turkey hunting, but I dropped that practice as I got older.

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  • jcarlin
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    I haven't while hunting. I do when mowing the lawn, running a chainsaw, shooting at the range. I've made sure my kids have had them along on our hunting trips this year if anything bigger than .22s were involved.

    I recently bought a pair of electronic muffs for the range and have been wearing them around. They seem to be pretty good, but I'm not sure how they effect directional hearing yet.
    This summer I plan on sitting the backyard stand a few mornings wearing them to see how I feel they perform in that respect. I'll try to remember to post the results.

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