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Hunting and ear plugs

Post by TassieTiger » 28 Nov 2018, 9:27 pm

Couple days ago, whilst walking 200m to my 30-06 target - I took out my ear plugs and put some iPhone earphones in and listened to a bit of a podcast - Steve Rinella by chance.

When I got back to the vehicle and reloaded up the 06, made some adjustments - I stupidly sent a shot downrange thinking I had plugs in.
Immediately - all I could hear was a high pitched - OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....that went for about 5 minutes. I’ll be honest, it farken hurt.
So the question - when hunting with an 06 or similar, how do you listen for animals without damaging your hearing when you find them? Walking with ear plugs is not really the answer, I like...no I need to hear to hunt...Do I need to harden up and acknowledge that come blauch time - Adrenalin will help nullify the boooom? And I should just prepare those around me to start yelling now?
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Re: Hunting and ear plugs

Post by Bent Arrow » 28 Nov 2018, 9:32 pm

Spend some money on electric plugs or muffs. You'll still hear, probably better than without them and be protected when the time comes to pull the trigger. .
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Post by Blr243 » 28 Nov 2018, 9:49 pm

I tried hunting with noise cancelling muffs but the “oversensitive hear everything amplified situation” was too unnatural to the point where my sense of hearing during the stalk but prior to the shot was useless to me. And it’s no fun running through the bush and climbing thru fences with trad shaped muffs ....Now I use the plugs that come on a big u shaped piece of plastic that hugs the back of my neck. I hunt with them un fitted and if I have time I flick them on before the shot But because sometimes I don’t have time and I have to shoot unprotected I find myself having to deal with the noise about 4 times out of ten
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Post by BangBangSkeetSkeet » 28 Nov 2018, 11:06 pm

what are you hunting that you're close enough to locate them by sound and get a quick shot off, but that hasn't already seen, smelled or heard you first and bolted? I'm genuinely curious, not trolling you. I've only located the general vicinity of wild dogs by their howl but needed to find them with my vision, and the distance involved in the shot always gave me time to slip on the muffs. Culling roos is the same. Pull up, muffs on and shoot. Is this deer or pigs in thick country you mean?

Regardless TT, look after your ears. My hearing is affected now from unprotected shooting as a kid and young man (and motorcycle helmet wind noise). I can not hear those higher frequencies now, like ringtones. Thankfully no tinnitus
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Re: Hunting and ear plugs

Post by TassieTiger » 29 Nov 2018, 1:02 am

Hunting deer and roo predominantly and plantation forests - that are heavily undergrowthed and not clean of ground litter.
There are 2 aspects I guess - the practicality of listening, do I really need to hear my quarry to be ultimately successful and the ‘natural’ aspect meaning I like to be fully aware of my surroundings and enjoy that part of it. Being in a natural environment is healthy but take away a sense and that feeling is compromised kinda thing.

I still enjoy motorcycling now later 40’s but I’ve already noticed I hear less now...either that or ppl farken mumble more now lol

I was actually watching a hunting doco the other day where they were using 300 win mags...zero hearing protection what so ever...I was thinking, not really setting a great example... but maybe there is nothing available to resolve the issue to their satisfaction...
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Re: Hunting and ear plugs

Post by Daddybang » 29 Nov 2018, 7:18 am

See shooting that .223 has made ya soft when it comes to the real calibers!!! :sarcasm: :drinks: :lol: :friends: :drinks:
Maybe try wearing one plug in the ear closest to the shot . I know its not ideal but it does help. :thumbsup:
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Post by JSS » 29 Nov 2018, 7:52 am

I just got a some cens earplugs (DX5) they have several settings and the 'hunting" and "game" settings amplify everything around you so it's like you have no earplugs and have super hearing (or you can adjust the volume to be like normal hearing), then they cut out the bang.
They weren't cheap but were the best solution to save my hearing from getting any worse, and i'm glad i got them now.
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Post by TassieTiger » 29 Nov 2018, 9:51 am

Daddybang wrote:See shooting that .223 has made ya soft when it comes to the real calibers!!! :sarcasm: :drinks: :lol: :friends: :drinks:
Maybe try wearing one plug in the ear closest to the shot . I know its not ideal but it does help. :thumbsup:


Haha.
The braked 260 is nearly as loud as the 06 and you wouldn’t catch me shooting too many of those soft 223’s without plugs either. I still remember my first shot of my 223 thinking it was just an upspec .22....”surprise mother $&@:$7&?”
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Re: Hunting and ear plugs

Post by TassieTiger » 29 Nov 2018, 9:55 am

JSS wrote:I just got a some cens earplugs (DX5) they have several settings and the 'hunting" and "game" settings amplify everything around you so it's like you have no earplugs and have super hearing (or you can adjust the volume to be like normal hearing), then they cut out the bang.
They weren't cheap but were the best solution to save my hearing from getting any worse, and i'm glad i got them now.


They are very cool but as you say $1500 odd - but up there....do they also clean your firearms? Lol
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Re: Hunting and ear plugs

Post by Gaznazdiak » 29 Nov 2018, 10:11 am

Howard Leight muffs are what I use, love them.
Contrary to Blr's experience, I find the amplified input has taught me how to move with a bit more Ninja in my step.

The last time I went without I blew 60% of the hearing in my left ear, gone forever. A serious pain in the arse when there is confused noise like a room full of people.

The HL's are around $80-$90 depending where you get them.
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Re: Hunting and ear plugs

Post by JSS » 29 Nov 2018, 10:28 am

TassieTiger wrote:
JSS wrote:I just got a some cens earplugs (DX5) they have several settings and the 'hunting" and "game" settings amplify everything around you so it's like you have no earplugs and have super hearing (or you can adjust the volume to be like normal hearing), then they cut out the bang.
They weren't cheap but were the best solution to save my hearing from getting any worse, and i'm glad i got them now.


They are very cool but as you say $1500 odd - but up there....do they also clean your firearms? Lol


Yes they do, then they give you a happy ending :drinks:
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Re: Hunting and ear plugs

Post by TassieTiger » 29 Nov 2018, 11:33 am

Gaznazdiak wrote:Howard Leight muffs are what I use, love them.
Contrary to Blr's experience, I find the amplified input has taught me how to move with a bit more Ninja in my step.

The last time I went without I blew 60% of the hearing in my left ear, gone forever. A serious pain in the arse when there is confused noise like a room full of people.

The HL's are around $80-$90 depending where you get them.


Cheers Gaz. Had a look and a lot of different models - can you let me know what recommend?
Thanks.
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Re: Hunting and ear plugs

Post by tom604 » 29 Nov 2018, 11:41 am

Earmold Australia they can be electric or plain, you can wear them all day and they are comfortable :thumbsup: the electric ones are expensive about a grand the plain ones about $85,and you can get the electric's put in at a later date, only have the plain,good bit of kit :thumbsup:
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Re: Hunting and ear plugs

Post by Gaznazdiak » 29 Nov 2018, 12:04 pm

TassieTiger wrote:
Gaznazdiak wrote:Howard Leight muffs are what I use, love them.
Contrary to Blr's experience, I find the amplified input has taught me how to move with a bit more Ninja in my step.

The last time I went without I blew 60% of the hearing in my left ear, gone forever. A serious pain in the arse when there is confused noise like a room full of people.

The HL's are around $80-$90 depending where you get them.


Cheers Gaz. Had a look and a lot of different models - can you let me know what recommend?
Thanks.



Hey Tas,
The only ones with which I have any experience are the Howard Leights, and I'm well pleased with them. I can't stand ear plugs and these are a fraction of the price.

If you buy them from ebay, be sure to check the seller is actually in Australia, as below.
:drinks:

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Howard-Leig ... SwdvNbWHR7

http://www.howardleight.com/ear-muffs/impact-sport--2
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Re: Hunting and ear plugs

Post by TassieTiger » 29 Nov 2018, 12:30 pm

Thanks mate. I’m on em. Cheers.
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Re: Hunting and ear plugs

Post by bigpete » 29 Nov 2018, 1:53 pm

BangBangSkeetSkeet wrote:what are you hunting that you're close enough to locate them by sound and get a quick shot off, but that hasn't already seen, smelled or heard you first and bolted? s

Really ?
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Re: Hunting and ear plugs

Post by Bent Arrow » 29 Nov 2018, 3:59 pm

Gaznazdiak wrote:
TassieTiger wrote:
Gaznazdiak wrote:Howard Leight muffs are what I use, love them.
Contrary to Blr's experience, I find the amplified input has taught me how to move with a bit more Ninja in my step.

The last time I went without I blew 60% of the hearing in my left ear, gone forever. A serious pain in the arse when there is confused noise like a room full of people.

The HL's are around $80-$90 depending where you get them.


Cheers Gaz. Had a look and a lot of different models - can you let me know what recommend?
Thanks.



Hey Tas,
The only ones with which I have any experience are the Howard Leights, and I'm well pleased with them. I can't stand ear plugs and these are a fraction of the price.

If you buy them from ebay, be sure to check the seller is actually in Australia, as below.
:drinks:

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Howard-Leig ... SwdvNbWHR7

http://www.howardleight.com/ear-muffs/impact-sport--2


I've got a pair of impact pro's. Fantastic level of protection but bulky. Just keep in mind that if your wearing a hat or glasses you will lose a bit of protection with muffs.
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Re: Hunting and ear plugs

Post by Ziad » 29 Nov 2018, 4:42 pm

Hi guys, when I was young un, i had used no bearing protection when firing shotguns, and shooting some old mil spec rifles, might even be Lee Enfield vintage.... tbh don't remember having any issues.

But this year I mistakenly didn't have my ear muffs and the ear was ringing after 1 shot. When shooting the 22lr I use either 22db foam inserts, or the Howard leigh. When shooting the rpr i am currently using the Howard leigh with the foam.... but it's not as good as my std ear muff (32 or 36db). If I was going to do it again I would have gotten the bigger Howard leigh as they are higher db rating. Find the amplification to be very good, on full vol i can definately hear stuff from further away that my ears alone won't have heard.

There are a few other brands of electronic ones that are good too
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