After the somewhat ... interesting ... events of last years Opening Day of Dove Season (three catfish, eight crappie, and several stray bluegill) I didn't venture forth into the fields this Labour Day.
Partly, I think, this is a bit of a reaction to a lifetime of shooting. When I first started shooting at about age 10, I was using a .22 rifle and the adults who were shepherding me didn't think that a .22 rifle required hearing protection -- and hearing protection was never used while hunting.
Matter-of-fact, it wasn't until I joined the Army at 18 that I regularly used hearing protection at all.
Now that I am in my fourth decade, I have become conscious of how much hearing I have lost over the years -- and I miss it. To the point that I am rabidly protective of the little hearing that I do have left.
Trouble is, hearing protection and hunting just don't quite go together. Trust me, nothing gets you the odd looks quite like hunting the Southwest Texas desert with a .30-30 and a pair of blue plastic earplugs sticking out of your head.
Anyhoo, this weekend I picked up a set of Radians Inner-Ears on sale, and when Corky and Reno called to ask if I wanted to go blasting dove, I decided this was a good time to test them out.
I walked about playing bird-dog while they hunted that evening and I am happy to report that the Radians seem to do exactly as they advertise.
Road noise from several miles away was easily heard, as was whirring of air over dove wings and a truck-stop burrito making it's way through Corky's gut.
Wind noise could be a bit of a problem if you turned so that the wind hit the units, but some creative positioning took care of that quite nicely.
The important part, though, was that gunfire was muffled.
I do believe that hunting is back on the list of activities.
Radians Inner-Ears get the LawDog Paw of Approval.