I always wear hearing protection when hunting. This morning the deer came up on me fast. I was inside a ground blind with a new rifle shorter than I'm used to. The deer were less than 10 yards away by the time they were in view. I pulled up the rifle and shot when they were about 30 yards away. A few more seconds and they would be gone forever. Rang my bell really hard. I just dropped the rifle and held my head. Could barely hear for half an hour. My left ear still isn't right and both are ringing. I'll be lucky if the damage isn't permanent. I had ear plugs but simply forgot them in the heat of the moment. Just a heads up that a rifle shot, especially from inside a blind, can have lifelong consequences. Anyone ever done this?