Just like fishing, hunting is a game of patience. People often see firearms and associate them with quick wins. The truth of the matter is, every time you set out to hunt, you have no clue if you’re going to tag anything.
There aren’t a great deal of high-intensity, adrenaline fueled situations when you’re hunting, unless you happen to be involved in the primitive hunting movement.
For 99% of us, much of our day is spent in the same position. Even if you’re actively tracking your prey, the only way to avoid getting spotted is to avoid big movements. If you happen to live in a state where tree stands are an approved and common method of hunting – the average wait time can exceed 2.5 hours before you even have a chance to make a shot.
So how do you pass the time when every little movement could be the movement that ruins your chance to bag dinner for the winter? One of the solutions I’ve come to favor over time has been the use of wireless headphones. I use these for a few reasons:
1 – They’re Great For Passing The Time
Seriously. If you find yourself in a position where you’re unable to move much for an extended period of time, wireless headphones with a reasonable battery life are one of the best solutions to boredom.
I can get halfway through a 6 hour long audiobook in one session, provided it’s a slow day. When I get tired of the audiobooks, I can always switch over to hunting podcasts (to garner a bit of inspiration). If I’m particularly frustrated I can throw some music on.
Most modern earbuds have touchpads located on both ears. These let you skip/cycle through media by simply tapping your ear. This completely eliminates the need for you to awkwardly pull out your phone from a prone position and produce unnecessary light that could give away your position.
2 – They’re Pretty Good For Ear Protection
If you’re like me, you’ll remember when headphones were basically just a poorly built microphone surrounded by foam ear cushions. If you took one of these to the range you’d still be walking home with tinnitus – any day of the week.
Modern wireless headphones tend to take a different approach. They’re more often than not ergonomically designed to plug up your ear canal in an efficient but comfortable manner. They also normally ship with a bunch of different ear tip sizes, ranging from anywhere between extra small to extra large. This means you can tailor your choice to best fit your ear size – and subsequently provide you with the greatest level of hearing protection.
3 – They’re Almost Always Weatherproof
Let’s be real, conditions aren’t always optimal when you’re out in the field. It often feels like the second you shut the car door, the clouds begin to burst. This is another reason I recommend ditching your older wired headphones for a more modern approach. Nowadays, even budget wireless earbuds can come with a standard IPX4 rating. This means that rain, sweat and dirt are unlikely to cause any problems in the long term.
Some of the best waterproof wireless earbuds can even be submerged in meters of water for extended periods of time without fault. Although I personally don’t plan on taking a swim every time I’m stalking deer, it can’t hurt to be prepared.
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4 – Active Noise Cancellation
The higher end models on the market even offer technological solutions to noise cancellation. If you purchase a set of modern true wireless earbuds – you’ll likely find that they have a feature known as active noise cancellation.
This function works by using integrated microphones in the earbuds to analyze your surroundings and build an ambient sound profile. With this profile they can adjust audio levels accordingly to compensate for your surroundings. I doubt they’ll compete well with a 5.56, but it can’t hurt.