As of now I don't. When I get my pup and join a pheasant club I am getting them. I may be wrong, but I don't think 1, 2, or 3 shots will be that damaging. But you get more shots when upland hunting. Wouldn't be a bad idea for that.
Not when I'm deer hunting. I figure one or two more shots cant do much more damage than is already done. Years of close quarter waterfowl hunting took their toll before I wised up. I plug my ears while waterfowl hunting every trip. If you dont want ringing in your ears thats loud enough to drown out summer crickets, you'll do the same. [sad]
WHAT? DID YOU SAY SOMETHING. Seriously. I am good about wearing hearing protection at the range but one or two shots deer hunting isn't something I worry about. I don't want to miss the sounds of the woods. From what I understand, some of the products they offer to help you hear game have some kind of limiter built in so loud sounds are filtered but lower db sounds are let through. Might be worth looking into for you. YMMV.
I always wear hearing protection at the range, but ive never had a shot in the woods yet, so I don't know what its like. I've fired my glock with .45acp out in the open with no hearing protection and heard the ringing for 3 days. So I can only imagine what a .50 cal muzzleloader can do.
WALKERS GAME EARS THE WAY TO GO. THEY PROTECT YOUR EARS, AND IMPROVE YOUR HEARING. THEY PROTECT YOUR EARS FROM MUZZLE BLAST. I USE THEM DURING TURKEY HUNTING IN FLORIDA AND NJ. THEY REALLY IMPOVE YOUR HEARING IN THE WOODS. YOU ALWAYS WANT TO PROTECT YOUR EARS IF YOU CAN.
Last year I picked up tinnitus (however the heck you spell it). This is after around 35 years of hunting and shooting. I got it at a range where you must shoot from inside a garage type building on a 100 yard range. My buddy who was in a rush fired his 3" slug gun without the ususal "all clear". I was talking to another guy and WHAMMO! My ears are still ringing. I have never had a problem prior to that. I ALWAYS wore hearing protection on the range, never while hunting.
The only good thing that came out of this is I can only hear around half of what my wife says