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Hunting with Silencers

DSC01468 I was out the other day eating at a restaurant near the shop and overheard a man talking to his son. His son pointed to Silencer Shop and asked if it was a store for hunters. The father answered, “No silencers aren’t for hunting. They are for people that shoot a lot.” Sitting there I thought, "Sure silencers are for shooting, but they are also for hunting. I no longer go hunting without using a silencer and even bring extras for my friends to use so I don’t have to hear their loud guns." We recently had the opportunity to go on a four-day hunt in South Texas to film an episode of Modern Shooter, a new show on the Sportsman channel. The purpose of this episode is to feature the benefits of hunting with silencers and show how they work in the field. No doubt many of you reading this already know the benefits of using a silencer, but as they say a picture is worth a thousand words. And if a picture is worth a thousand words a video is worth a million. The ability to hunt without uncomfortable hearing protection and easily communicate with those around you really changes your hunting experience. Not to mention that you can shoot without scaring off half the animals in the county. [caption id="attachment_57908" align="alignnone" width="300"]Black Buck Black Buck[/caption] We were on several different ranches in Hondo, TX but each one of them shared something in common. None of them has ever been hunted by someone using a silencer. The response from the animals was nothing short of amazing. Every time that we shot there were other animals in the field, and after every shot almost all of the animals stayed in the field or within shooting distance. Even though I have been using silencers for several years, it has only been the past two years that I have used them for hunting, so seeing this played out on a variety of species was quite impressive. [caption id="attachment_57909" align="alignnone" width="300"]Field of Fallow deer Field of Fallow deer[/caption] We were hunting whitetail deer, fallow deer, hogs, black buck, and rams. There were three hunters from the Silencer Shop and we each had different animals that we wanted to hunt. I wanted a fallow buck and a couple of rams for both the meat and the mounts. I was lucky to get a nice fallow buck on the first day of hunting in the morning. After I took that shot, the other deer didn’t know what was going on. Some disappeared into the woods but most stayed grazing because they didn't know where the sound was coming from. I could have shot several more right then, but I decided to spread the hunt out over the next few days. [caption id="attachment_57927" align="alignnone" width="300"]Gary's hog right at dusk Gary's hog right at dusk[/caption] I was in a stand with two other people: the camera man and the guide. One thing that they both commented on what that it was nice to be without hearing protection, and how easy it was to talk to each other because of that. [caption id="attachment_57911" align="alignnone" width="300"]Painted Desert ram with Ruger Scout and SilencerCo Harvester Painted Desert ram with Ruger Scout and SilencerCo Harvester[/caption] I was using a Ruger Scout Rifle with the Griffin Armament Sportsman silencer. It was a great setup and super light. On day one I used this setup to get a nice white Fallow Buck. I would later use the same gun with the SilencerCo Harvester to stalk a Painted Desert ram and an angora ram. I chose both of these silencers because they sound great and are perfect for hunting due to their light weight. I also used a Colt modern sporting rifle which was an AR-10 variant to shoot a fallow doe. [caption id="attachment_57915" align="alignnone" width="300"]White Fallow Buck with Ruger Scout and Griffin Sportsman White Fallow Buck with Ruger Scout and Griffin Sportsman[/caption] We all had a great time and enjoyed our time with the film crew and our guides. One thing is for sure: Silencers are for hunters. If you are looking for a great hunting experience check out Action Outdoors Adventures. Richard Muennink and his experienced guides will make sure that you have the hunting experience of your life. [caption id="attachment_57913" align="alignnone" width="300"]Richard Muennink shows trophy Whitetail antlers Richard Muennink shows off trophy Whitetail antlers[/caption] Check out Modern Shooter on the Sportsman Channel at 7pm central. Action Outdoors Adventures phone 210/827-0053

3 responses to “Hunting with Silencers”

  1. says:

    Great Article!

    I first started buying suppressors for hunting. I use a rifle with a muzzle break and think that I have suffered hearing loss as a result. Every time I would pull the trigger, my ears would ring for days.

    It turns out that I “could” use hearing aids. The approximate cost is around $6000 for both of them. I would much rather spend $1000 on a top quality suppressor and have the “cool” factor than spend the 6k on hearing aids and buying those little batteries on cards every month.

    I have used suppressors on both small game and whitetail deer with the same results. The shot does not spook the game!

    Keep up the good work over there!

  2. Toad says:

    Shot a large boar on a drizzley night with a subsonic .22 rimfire at about 80 yards. Dropped right there because of severed spinal cord. The other pigs all just stopped rootin’ and nervously watch the squealer. After a couple of minutes of watching, they went back to rooting. Of course, the CCI Quiet 22 LR did not cycle my 10/22 action, so I started jacking with it to get another round chambered, seemed like this spooked them more than anything else, and they finally ran off.

  3. Josh says:

    “I no longer go hunting without using a silencer and even bring extras for my friends to use so I don’t have to hear their loud guns.”

    Can you explain this? Are these friends in a trust, or how is this possible? Are you in close proximity or are they away from you? Color me curious as to how to do so.

    Thanks in advance.

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