Shooting For Safety This Hunting Season In Camo Safety Glasses

“If there is a sacred moment in the ethical pursuit of game, it is the moment you release the arrow or touch off the fatal shot.” – Jim Posewitz

It’s deer and turkey hunting season for many of us, and we couldn’t agree more with Posewitz – the mark of a truly skilled hunter is to take the shot, the right way. Hunting isn’t just trekking out on the first day of deer season and hoping we come back with something – it’s regularly practicing our shooting so we can take a humane aim, scouting out great locations that will present a challenge to us, and outfitting ourselves with hunting safety gear, including Hunting Safety Glasses, to ensure we’re protecting ourselves and watching out for fellow hunters around us.

Edge Dakura Camouflage Safety Glasses

Choosing the right safety glasses can increase your shooting accuracy while protecting your vision.

Whether you’re a hunter or not, we can likely all agree that real hunters take thrill in the overall hunting experience – the preparation, the actual hunt, and connecting with fellow hunters about their trophies. Getting the deer or the turkey isn’t enough for a real hunter – he or she wants to live and breathe the excitement of getting all the right gear together, carefully following the tracks of the in-season animal, and the ability to confidently say that hunting is a humane, challenging sport. We hear you, and we want to help outfit you in the hunting safety glasses that meet the demands of tracking every animal print and broken branch and twig along the path and lining up your ideal shot. Your sharp eyes are crucial to your hunting lifestyle, and ANSI Z87.1-2010 certified hunting safety glasses are a necessity.

Yellow Lenses – Yellow hunting safety glasses lenses, as in our Smith & Wesson Magnum Safety Glasses, are known for enhancing detail and contrast against a steady background in low-light conditions. You need to be able to identify the animal in your scope within seconds, and yellow lenses help give you a heightened sense of detail and the confidence that comes with it.

Camo Safety Glasses – Let’s face it, the deer and turkeys in the woods probably aren’t going to notice the safety glasses you’re wearing, but hunting is a lifestyle for you, and it’s only natural to want to outfit your gear in signature camo. Our Remington Camo Safety Glasses feature several lens color options, with a sleek camo trim and adjustable temples. Our Edge Dakura Camo Safety Glasses similarly feature camo trim, and also come in comfortable, state-of-the-art modern designs.

Edge Khor Polarized Safety Glasses

The Edge Khor Polarized Safety Glasses Kit provides 3 interchangeable lenses for different light conditions

You’re experienced, and you know that hunting safety glasses are only one piece of your hunting safety gear collection. You’ve been mapping out your hunting hot spots all summer long, and you know just the right location for your treestand. We wish you good luck this hunting season, but like you, we know it’s all about just getting out there in the open air and enjoying the essence of modern hunting.

12 Important Tips for Choosing the Best Hunting Eyewear

Edge Dakura Camouflage Safety Glasses

Choosing the right safety glasses, like the Edge Dakura above, can increase your shooting accuracy while protecting your vision.

Protective eyewear worn while hunting can not only prevent eye injury, it can also increase a hunter’s shooting accuracy. When hunters choose safety glasses, they must consider first the safety features for ultimate protection and then look to options that can help increase their chances of making an accurate shot.

All firearms recoil to some extent, and hunting activities usually take place outdoors where wind, sun, dust & other debris can be a factor. In addition, hunting rifles are held on the shoulder and handguns are only an arm’s length away placing both within close proximity to the face. For these reasons, quality, protective eyewear makes sense for hunters. Tips to help hunters choose the best safety glasses to protect their eyes while hunting include the following:

  1. Choose wrap-around shooting glasses to keep out wind, dust, and shotgun pellet ricochet as well as to protect against scratches from brush while walking in the woods.
  2. Make sure lenses are shatter resistant.
  3. Look for styles with UV protection, especially when hunting in bright light.
  4. Consider styles that have special padding on the frame of the eye for protection in case the gun recoils too far.
  5. Look for frame styles with a “sweat bar” to add stability and ensure a more secure fit.
  6. If glasses do not have anti-fog technology, carry an anti-fog spray or cloth with you. Changing temperatures along with the exertion of the hunt can cause glasses to fog up and impair vision.

In addition to protecting the eyes while hunting, the right safety glasses can also enhance a hunter’s vision and increase shooting accuracy. Choice of lens color can help increase contrast and improve clarity, and some safety glasses come with interchangeable lenses of various colors. Use the following guidelines when choosing lens color:

  1. Yellow and orange lenses block haze and blue light and enhance the orange color of the target.
  2. The brighter yellow the lens, the better for seeing in low contrast and near-dark settings.
  3. A light purple color is good for enhancing the orange of a target against a background of trees.
  4. Vermillion helps in situations where there is a varied background, such as with trees, to help the target stand out.
  5. Gray lenses help wearers see targets exactly as they are. While gray lenses do not enhance the target, they do help reduce glare from bright sunlight.
  6. Polarized lenses reduce glare and enhance outdoor vision.

Good vision is a key to becoming a skilled hunter. Proper eyewear will not only protect hunters’ eyes, it can also enhance a hunter’s ability to spot wildlife as well as increase the ability to make a terrific shot. Taking the time to choose proper eyewear before going hunting can pay big dividends later through the protection of a person’s eyesight and the thrill of victory resulting from a successful hunt.

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Can You Hear Me Now?

For years has sold hearing protection in the form of both muffs and plugs. Manufacturers of these products are required to assign a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) to each one to inform users of the level of protection offered. It should be understood that this rating ultimately is still approximate, not absolute, because each product will fit everyone differently, and not all users will wear or use the products correctly, thus affecting (reducing) the level of protection.

Rumor has it that this current rating system will soon evolve to a more accurate and universal system. Perhaps we’ll re-examine this topic then, but now let’s look at what factors can hinder the performance of ear plugs or ear muffs. Avoiding these common mistakes could mean avoiding hearing loss, and will maximize the product’s effectiveness as well as your investment in the product.

Ear Plugs

  • Plugs are not inserted properly or deeply enough. When plugs are not properly inserted, their effectiveness can be reduced by 50%. Click here for illustrated instructions on proper insertion.
  • Disposable plugs are used beyond their intended lifespan. Such plugs are designed for one day of average use. Exceptionally dirty environments, or repeated extraction and replacing (additional rolling) of plugs may require that more than one new pair be used in a given day.
  • Reusable plugs are not cleaned properly or often enough. Plugs should be cleaned with water daily (and dried with dust-free cloth), or more if used in areas with heavy dust content.

Ear Muffs

  • Ear muffs are worn too tightly or too loosely. The muffs should fit snugly but comfortably over the ears, and should not lose their position with basic head movements.
  • The band is not properly placed on head. Ear muffs should be worn such that the supporting band rests upright, comfortably across the top of wearer’s head (excluding behind-the-head band styles).
  • Radio muffs are used too loudly. Ear muffs equipped with radios should not be played at maximum volume for extended periods of time. Playing at a moderate level will help save your hearing and improve the life of the batteries.
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