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SITKA Films: The Quiet Place

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Whitetail guide and hunter Jim Hole Jr.

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Jim Hole Jr.

SITKA Athlete Jim Hole Jr. takes silence pretty seriously.

“You can easily hear a car on a gravel road five miles away, and that’s nothing compared to what the deer hear. It’s similar to being in an empty concrete warehouse with nothing to absorb sound,” he explains. "In the coldest temperatures, the sound of a zipper or a bow clinking against a treestand can spook far-away deer before they even make their presence known. It’s a very unforgiving place to hunt, and a lot of that is the nature of what you’re hunting, which is mature animals.”

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