I have two old man maladies that influence my shooting and hunting. I have astigmatism and need to have glasses, and I have a really decreased hearing potential and ought to put on hearing aids. Each of these restrictions can be accommodated, but my hearing limitations have been the easiest to manage, no matter if shooting at the variety or hunting.
Nevertheless, it 1st ought to be pointed out that I can’t use my $six,000(!) hearing aids to assistance with the challenges that take place when shooting a firearm. They only amplify sounds, they do not act as a barrier to dangerous levels, or frequencies, of sound waves.
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So, when I was hunting in South Africa final year with Blaauwkrantz Safaris, I created the choice that I would leave my hearing aids in although I hunted. My reasoning was that this was important in order to hear what my PH, Arnold Claassen, was saying, especially when he necessary to whisper in the presence of game animals.
That was a really poor thought, particularly when shooting in the rocky terrain of the Eastern Cape, exactly where sound blasts and echos from rock-to-rock, landing at some point complete-throttle in your ear canals.
When I returned residence, I located that my wife, Frances, had realized my dilemma from our telephone calls and had bought a set of Walker’s Razor Slim Electronic Ear Muffs for me. As quickly as I took them to the variety, I was a convert.
I was an even much more staunch convert as soon as I utilised them in the course of a current hunting trip. Not only could I hear each squirrel cussing me out for miles about, I also heard deer browsing singly and in groups in the woodlot by way of which I was nonetheless hunting.
I recognize this is NOT news to these who have lengthy been conscious of the rewards of electronic hearing protection systems. I was late to the game simply because I believed I wouldn’t want to put on muffs although hunting simply because they may possibly make me really feel claustrophobic — not capable to hear the significant sounds for which I was listening.
I was truly, truly incorrect. And, like the variety, on the current hunt when the [in this case pistol] was fired at game, my ears had been protected.
The Walker’s Razor Slim Electronic Ear Muffs are really effectively-constructed, they operate completely and, perhaps very best of all, they’re cost-effective. This final point has turned out to be really substantial simply because Frances has decided that she loves them also, so we now have to obtain a second pair.
Needless to say, the Walker’s Razor Slim Electronic Ear Muffs will be on my ears at the pheasant shoot this coming Saturday, the two deer hunts I have coming up in November, and all of my outings right after little game. And, of course, they’ll be in my box each time I head to the variety.
At only about $40, the Walker’s Razor Slim Electronic Ear Muffs reflect a substantial advantage-to-expense ratio.
Mike Arnold writes about firearms and hunting at his weblog Mike Arnold, Outside Writer.