The road towards successful hunting is having the right protection against weather elements and shooting noise. Many people overlook the aspect of protecting their ears from loud gunfire, which may cause hearing problems over time. Regular hunters are most vulnerable to hearing loss as they are exposed to gunshot sounds on daily basis. However, this does not mean occasional hunters are safe without hearing protection. Every hunter requires ear protectors, because that next shot can lead to hearing problem.
The need for hearing protection may not apply to bow hunting, because no gunshot noise produced. But still all hunters require hunting clothing to prevent themselves from adverse weather elements such as wind and rain. Both ear protectors and hunting clothing are available in a wide variety, and they come with varied prices depending on specific brand. In order to be fully organized before you are ready to hunt, it is advisable to be properly outfitted.
Many hunters that do not use ear protectors may have already developed hearing problems, especially those that use rifles. Exposing your ears to loud noises exceeding 100dB can cause the hearing problem, but sometimes people may not know if their ears are already affected. If you constantly hear some muffled sounds in your ears while resting, that is one of the symptoms of hearing problems. Some people experience difficulties when differentiating words while conversing with others, or difficulty distinguishing the source of sounds. Another common hearing symptom is when hearing a buzzing or ringing noise in the ears. The extent of damage can be examined by a medical doctor, and probably propose its treatment.
Selecting Best Hearing Protection for Hunting
Now you have understood the need to have ear protection for hunting. We will also give you a few key tips to follow when selecting ear protection.
Noise Reduction Rating (NRR)
NRR is the most crucial factor to consider when choosing ear protection. Noise Reduction Rating is a system used for ear protection, with units reading in terms of decibels. The rating indicates the volume of decibels the ear protector can cancel out. The volume of noise that will reach your ears is determined by the difference between the rating and the amount of sound produced by a rifle. For instance, a rifle that produces 150dB and ear protection with 30dB rating; the volume of noise being exposed to your ears will be 120dB. Even though this may be harmful to your ears, it may have little impact compared to when ear protection is not used. In other words, the higher the rating, the more you protect your ears.
Ear protection comes with different prices, and you can choose based on your needs and budget. Regular hunters probably will need appropriate ear protection because they are exposed to loud noise almost every day. Passive ear muffs and electronic earmuffs can be suitable for them, though, electronic ones are more expensive than all. Professional hunters will go for electronic earmuffs because they are more improved, and use advanced technology to regulate sounds. Those that are not regular hunters can go for earplugs, as they are cheap and easy to use. Earplugs may not be fit for all because they tend to fall out easily.
Buying low-quality ear protection may lead to other problems such feeling pain on the ears. Hunters spend hours while hunting, meaning that the ear protection will stay worn for a long time. Best ear protection should offer comfort, without unwelcoming irritation. Soft earplugs are comfortable, while earmuffs should be adjustable and have soft padding that covers the ears properly.
Hunting Clothing for a Hunter
Hunting camouflage jacket
Hunting camouflage jacket to choose will depend on weather conditions and the nature of the place you are hunting in. If it is during the rainy season, probably the jacket should be waterproof. Snowy areas need insulated jackets. There are different kinds of camouflaged jackets to fit specific terrain and vegetation, so choose accordingly.
These come with different features, and it is advisable to buy those with several compartments to put your gear. The hunting vest is also important as it adds more protection against weather elements.
Hunting pants are made of specialized material fabric such as the soft shell. They offer camouflage, as well as sealing noise from the clothing as you walk. Your hunting pants should have a material that wicks away sweat, to maintain your body cool and dry. Should also be easy to zip/unzip, and padded knees to minimize wear and tear.
Hunting boots are of different styles, and your choice will be determined by the season and topography you are hunting in. choice of boots also incorporates selecting the best pair of socks that will offer comfort while hunting.