Hunting Safety- Avoid Ear Fatigue

safetyWhen hunting, it’s advisable to observe safety measures. Hunters must be aware of the dangers that may occur while hunting and therefore proper handling of guns to dressing and licenses should be considered. Many hunters, according to experts, tend to underestimate the importance of protecting their ears, and a number of them will hunt without hearing protection devices. A gunshot can cause a lot of damage to the ear since the noise exceeds the recommended sound exposure.

Sound, as perceived by the ear, is measured in units called decibels (dB). A Simple comparison can help to explain the damage caused by a single gunshot. A gunshot can measure up to 150 dB which compared to a normal conversation noise (60dB) is almost 3 times. The sound of such intensity is likely to cause hearing problems, though different ears react differently to noise exposure. However, it is important to note that hearing loss occur painlessly and slowly with long-term effects in some cases. In other cases, a sound of 130dB or more is enough to cause instant ear damage.

Ear Protection

ear protectionExperts argue that for a permanent hearing damage to occur one must be subjected to a sound frequency of 130dB or above. Continuous exposure to noise at 80dB for more than eight hours can also cause permanent hearing damage. So why gamble with your hearing while there are precautionary measures with as little charges as 50 cents? Protection is always better than cure and for permanent hearing damage, there is no cure!

Most readers will argue that they have been exposed to loud noises and fired several gunshots without protection and are still in perfect hearing. The human body is composed of systems such as the nervous system. The systems are made up of specific tissues that perform specific functions. For example, the muscle tissue is capable of adaptation if exposed to vigorous physical activity or extreme conditions such as long distance running. These tissues respond by growing stronger. However, other tissues of the nervous system such as brain functions and hearing respond to tissue abuse by growing weaker and weaker. Once these tissues experience enough abuse they lose their functionality for the remainder of the individual’s life. The hearing problem occurs slowly and therefore may go unnoticed until the last minute of hearing loss. Ear protection is, therefore, precautionary even if no symptoms are available.

ear protection 3An early symptom of hearing loss can present itself earlier in some cases. Tinnitus refers to the perception of sound by human ear when there is no sound present. This condition is common with people who work in areas with loud noises without protection. This is a clear indication that your ears are in danger. Hearing loss can present itself at any age, therefore it’s important to take precautionary measures for every individual in the hunting group. Some retail shops offer protection devices for animals such as dogs.

ear protection 4Several varieties of ear plugs and ear muffs are used to provide protection to the ears during shooting. These products are designed to reduce the amount of sound reaching the eardrum and therefore reducing it to a lower frequency than the original. Each package of the ear muffs and plugs come with a reduction rating. It’s usually indicated using decibels (dB) e.g. 40dB. The higher the number indicated on the package the more effective they block more noise. The question is if guns produce so much noise do the earmuffs and plugs with such low frequency really help?

First, the sound produced by a gun travels in a forward direction and therefore the sound that reaches the ear is much reduced. Second, the main purpose of using protection is not to completely get rid of the noise, but to reduce its impact to the ear. This will prevent long-lasting damage to the ear. Scientific research on ear protection has shown that the protection works within the range the common devices are set. So again do not underestimate the protection power of the devices.

Earmuffs

ear protection 2Earmuffs have been on the use of hearing protection, especially during shooting range. They are advantageous since they can be used and reused for years. They are of different varieties ranging from simple ones to electronic ones. An electronic earmuff allows the hunter to experience normal hearing levels of the surrounding noise and at the same time prevent loud noise from reaching the ear. A simple mechanism is involved when a loud noise is detected because the earmuff speakers are deactivated until a safe level of sound is reached.

However, electronic earmuffs are expensive in terms of money but they worth the price. To some extent, hunting enthusiasts combine the use of earmuffs and ear plugs. The combination provides an added advantage in protection but each device works independently. And that’s why the user cannot add their specific frequencies to obtain a combined protection frequency.

African Wildlife, Hunting, and Safari Services

hunting and safari 3Africa is the second most popular and the second largest continent in the world. It boasts a diversity of wildlife, perhaps hosting the world’s largest density of animal populations. The herbivores practically take the highest number of wild animals, which have attracted game hunting in various countries. Jungle animals such as reptiles are also abundant in most parts of the continent, while aquatic life such as amphibians is commonly found in swamps, lakes, and rivers. Game meat is popular in many hotels/restaurants especially in game parks, which is mostly preferred by foreign tourists and even locals.

Due to the wide variety of wildlife in the continent, wildlife safaris in many countries have been established. These offer transportation services to and from the game parks and game reserves, as well as hotel booking for travelers. The entire continent experiences different climatic conditions ranging from subarctic to tropical on its maximum peaks. The northern half is mainly desert and semi-desert, while the southern and central regions are savanna plains and rainforest areas. Visitors from the polar region enjoy Africa’s climate, however, the continent is the world’s hottest because 60% of the land surface contain arid and dry lands. Nevertheless, the climate remains ideal health-wise for most hunted animals such as impala and black wildebeest.

hunting and safariBotswana is one of the rich wildlife countries with diverse and attractive landscapes. The vast sandy areas of the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta are the leading regions that offer stunning adventures. The watery lands of the Delta host a wide variety of wildlife and eye-catching view for visitors, making it one of the suitable hunting destinations in the country. To the north, the Linyanti and Chobe reserves contain enormous populations of game. However, most of the predators are found in these reserves. Therefore professional tour guides are recommended to accompany the hunters during the safaris. The Chobe National Park is renowned for the prowling lions through the Savuti grasslands. To the northern part of the park are herds of elephants, which usually hang around the Chobe River.

hunting and safari 2For bird lovers, the Okavango Delta has plenty to offer. In addition to hosting different types of birds, the area is quite amazing with the waterways and the spectacular lagoons covering nearly 15,000 sq. kilometers. The waterways are habitat for hippos and crocodiles, while animals such as leopards, elephants, and antelopes drink water from there. Even though the area is often visited by a few dangerous animals, hunting enthusiasts can utilize the opportunity to down antelopes such as the shy sitatunga and lechwe. Like many other African countries, Botswana has exclusive and sophisticated traveler camps and lodges that offer comfortable services despite being a wilderness region.

East Africa is another prime area for game viewing and hunting. Kenya is one of the leading countries renowned for its impressive scenery and abundant wildlife in the game parks. To the northern area, the Samburu Game Reserve hosts a lot of game including the big game such as lions and elephants. This semi-arid region is a home for blue-legged ostrich and the desert-adapted Gerenuk antelope. The antelope species attract game hunt in the area, as the locals are also traditional hunters. It is an ideal place for foreign hunters to have fun, as well as interact with traditional tribes such as Maasai and Samburu communities. To the south, the Maasai Mara is a famous national reserve covered by grasslands. The vegetation is perfect for wildebeest and antelopes, as well as big game such as buffalos. The herds of preys attract predators such as cheetahs, lions, and leopards in the area.

The Maasai Mara offers a stunning game viewing as the predators hunt for prey. The hunters in this area must be cautious because the dangerous big game predators are camouflaged by the grass. However, the hunting experience can be amazing and safe with reliable safari guides. The bird watchers and hunters can find fun at the Lake Nakuru where there are millions of flamingos and other aquatic life. The Amboseli National Park is famous for large tuskers, including other grassland-adapted species such as gazelles. The stunning wildlife encounters are facilitated by the amazing setting of the landscapes. The steep Rift Valley escarpments and the mountains are examples of the wonderful backdrop.

south africaLastly, South Africa is one of the leading traveler destinations in Africa. It is where many visitors from different parts of the world visit to view the 5 big game (African lions, African elephants, African buffalos, African leopards, and African rhinoceros). In addition to wildlife tours, the country has several wineries, breath-taking views, landscapes, golden beaches, deserts, and mountains. It is populated by a mix of Africans, Europeans, and Asians, and therefore rich in a variety of cultures. Also, the sophisticated tourism infrastructure and safari services make the country a nice place to visit again and again.

A New Hunting Trend – Growth of Crossbow Use

crossbow 1Crossbow hunting is a unique and familiar outdoor activity in many countries, especially in the African continent where there are various safari services. Even though the practice is not found in every wildlife parks and reserves, a number of countries offer general tourism services. For example, South Africa and Namibia are among the top leading countries where tourism is highly carried out. Other countries rich in wildlife are found in the eastern, western, and northern regions of the continent.

A number of African safaris have been on the rise over the years. Actually, they are governed by state government laws and therefore providing tourists with safe, legal, and unforgettable jungle experiences. The crossbow hunting outfitters in Africa have been on the forefront in providing some of the best hunting experiences to foreigners and local hunters. The activity is undoubtedly on the rise, with quite a considerate number of hunting Safaris offering the services. It is a top notch outdoor activity that tourists get to enjoy, learn new things about African wildlife, and interact with traditional communities.

Where is the fun?

Crossbow 4Sometimes hunting in the forest is not just a walk in the park. The bow hunting is quite rewarding, though sometimes extremely challenging. The challenge is a characteristic of a human daily life activity whereby, if no challenge, there is no experience, and therefore no learning involved. It involves a wide assortment of game species to hunt. Some of these games include lions, buffalos, hippopotamus, and leopards in South Africa. Some countries, however, do not allow hunting of dangerous game. For instance, the only permissible dangerous game hunting in Namibia is the Cheetah. It will depend on laws governing wildlife in a country.

In addition to making a trip to Africa a memorable one, there is a variety of trophies that hunters walk away with. In Namibia, for example, the hunting safaris provide amazing and exceptional quality trophies and a chance to be featured in their top 10 all-time book record of the professional hunting associations.

Drawback Weights and Crossbow to Use

CrossbowThere are different types of bows used in bow hunting. Their scope and variety differ from country to country. A legal permit is provided by a government to the hunting safaris or the service provider. For example, the longbow, compound, and re-curve bows are legally permitted in South Africa. The compound bow is a weapon of choice by most sportsmen internationally, and it is commonly used in various South African safaris. Laws permit different draw weight in accordance with the type of game being hunted. The minimum draw weights permissible vary considerably. 50lbs are the minimum draw weight when hunting plains game while 95lbs for dangerous game.

The hunting safaris provide training and ensure that hunters are comfortable with the equipment used throughout the hunting time. It’s important to ensure good practice to improve skills for a well-placed shot and subsequent skill in tracking the wounded animal. Skills on full camouflage and scent detection during hunting expedition are important to master by hunters.

Hunting Area and Timing

Crossbow 2Winter period is the best time of the year when crossbow hunting thrives at its best (late May to early September). During this time, indigenous trees have already shed leaves and spotting an animal becomes easier. The logic behind this is scarcity in the amount of water available for the animals, and therefore they crowd around the waterholes to cut thirst. The woodland savanna harboring the majority of African wildlife provides a concession area that allows bow hunting. The terrain offers an inclusive environment despite the open grassland and mountains.

The Common Crossbow Hunting Techniques

Crossbow 3Different blinds are used, ranging from thatched grass to ground blinds. They are laid on strategic game trails where they are likely to pass or be encountered by walking animals. Ground blinds are usually set near the animal waterholes which yield a lot of success during the late afternoon and early morning hours. Perfect positioning provides a predetermined win during these times of the day.

Hunting safaris encourage different bowhunting methods which involve the use of strategically set hunting blinds, elevated stands, and ground hides during winter months. They are set at a considerable distance, usually ranging from 10-40 yards closer enough to the game to have a perfect shot without being spotted by the target animal.

Last but not least, spot and stalk technique is another bow hunting method. It is usually applied during the green season since a lot of vegetation cover is available. The green bush is also soft and reduces stalking noise. During this time the amount of water available is enough and therefore less game near waterholes. This method is ideal for hunting those animals that rarely visits waterholes. Also, it goes hand-in-hand with the surrounding camouflage for a successful hunt.