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  1. #31
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    Nov 2014
    Any long term update @deer243 I was at the same meeting and got some too but only had range use so far
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  2. #32
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    Interesting.Some one mentioned previous that some direction of noise is lost,that would be my main concern @deer243 could you pin point the direction of the thud you heard?and was that the reason you didn’t get a shot away on the first bolt?

  3. #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarvo View Post
    No - I will ask him again - but I think he said 1000m - definably not 100m.
    He said these units are amazing
    But - remember - these hunters are - elevated - standing very still and more than likely on a crisp clear winter/autumn morning.


    I'd believe it in that sort of country in the conditions they hunt in. I used to think they were just for people with hearing issues etc...

    However bumped into a young guy in the bush wearing them, listening to music as he was walking to his spot x and had a good chat to him. He said they were awesome and he could hear deer from miles away in the bush. He gave me a go of them and what i heard convinced me immediately. I ordered a set as soon as i got home.

    Word of caution, theres heaps of chinese fakes of all the top brands so you have to do some home work on how to spot them. Buy from a reputible buyer, ideally from the company themselves. Doing this they're way cheaper than buying in NZ. For deer hunting, there awesome. The only thing i've found throws them a bit is the wind blowing through the trees.

  4. #34
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    North Canterbury
    I would love to read a hunting update from deer243.
    'Bother' said Pooh, as he chambered another round ... Wong Far King Way

  5. #35
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    Dec 2017
    I read this thread.
    Then I went internet browsing for electronic earmuffs.
    Now I'm $700 poorer lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yesmate View Post
    Interesting.Some one mentioned previous that some direction of noise is lost,that would be my main concern @deer243 could you pin point the direction of the thud you heard?and was that the reason you didn’t get a shot away on the first bolt?
    the mono versions dont have direction...what Ive got... if you get sterio ones that are adjustable between each ear ...then even fellas like me with one bad ear COULD get back really good directional hearing.

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    I found them quite good but wouldnt say they the bees knees to success. Water and bird noise are quite loud with them on but you can certainly pick up things you never hear without them.
    Stopped using them for awhile now as a mate is using them so how good i think they are the jury is still out on that one.. esp as didnt see much deer when using them.
    Still, great when shooting as blocks the noise but you have super hearing when they on too so certainly worth having a pair . I need to get them back and use them more to get a true feel for what they are capable of, just been slack in that department

  8. #38
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    east of Whangarei
    Quote Originally Posted by deer243 View Post
    Not long ago i went to the local NZDA meeting where a very successful bushstalker from marlbough was giving a talk on his success in the bush and tips etc.
    One of the things that came out which he reckens was"" öne of the light bulb moments"""in his bush stalking success was the use of these things that he swears was getting him alot more deer.
    Electronic Hunting Earmuffs

    He reckens you can hear so much better with them on, hear more animals moving around that you wouldnt normally hear and at the same time you have hearing protection at the same time.
    The amount of deer he shoots you couldnt argue that it was bullocks so i was keen to find out if this is the best kept secret out there or not.

    He said the cheap ones are rubbish, and if you want one that works for hunting in the bush buy a good pair and you wont regret it.

    So, i got hold of a pair and decided i go for a look for a deer in a good spot at this time of year where i normally get one.

    Was time to take the trusty 243 out, as my 308 has accounted for the last couple of stags so armed with 100gr Fed powershoks, the stoneycreek bushline pack, a pair of good electronic earmuffs i was off at 430am hunting for spot X.

    Arrived on time and headed of to a valley where at this time of year i always see a deer in the DOC land. Earmuffs turned on and it soon became clear that the quiet bush wasnt that quiet Smiley

    You could hear birds from afar and other sounds that without them on you have no chance to hear so it was a interesting walk in trying to listen out for a sound of a animal while looking for sign.
    Sure enough, saw some fresh marks and the deer have been moving around recently so had high hopes.

    About a hour had gone by and came to the only wallow i know down this route and it had been used quite recent.

    Followed some mud trails from it for 10 minutes then suddenly heard a sound, a thump though the Muffs.
    Sure sounded strange,and first thought was it was prob a deer so i went on high alert as it didnt sound like a branch etc hitting the deck.

    I took 15 mintues to travel a very short distance, i was sure there was something up ahead then suddenly out to my left a young spiker breaks cover and runs into the undergrowth.
    Bugger, too slow in seeing it but all is not lost. its thick bush, and often a young animal will only run so far if didnt smell you and stop so i creep in looking ahead for any sign of the spiker.

    Couple of minutes(seems like 30 lol) i get lucky and spot him on the opposite face heading up and out of there but he stops and looks back.

    Hes broadside on, the crosshairs are on him but im exposed and theres no rest for any shot. Hes at that distance thats marginal for a freestanding shot but i sense my trusty sidekick, the mighty 243 urging me on, take the shot, i ll got this covered .
    Boom goes the 243(well think it did, the Earmuffs killed the sound } and down goes the spiker.

    Was pretty happy with the shot, straight into one shoulder and blew a hole out the other. The 243 just reminded me the power of these 100gr Fed powershoks, esp on smaller deer.
    They do some damage, and on big stags they do the business. i dont mind, in the bush i want them on the ground fast, and these fellows are awesome, check out this exit hole

    By 8am had the prime venison, the question is thou are these Muffs the answer for more success?

    One thing was clear, you can clearly hear better, were darn comfty to wear and i certainly heard this spiker before i saw him and even thou he still busted me first being on high alert because of the sound prob helped me get him in the end.
    Still, the verdict is still out but i think they could well be a keytool in finding more animals in the bush.

    i heard a weka moving though the bush and sounded more like a decent animal and was quite surprised how noisy it was so yes, i think these maybe quite good but i try them out on a few more hunts and see what the verdict is on these at a later date
    I was thinklng about doing the same thing as old age and noise damage has taken its toll on my ears what sort/brand are you using



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