Personally I like it just for the hearing protection. I agree that an added on silencer is awkward. However if a hunting rifle was designed with a silencer from the start and it was incorporated into the gun itself, it could be a very nice and practical rifle. I have seen such things in assault rifles where they are trying to make them shorter. The silencer and the barrel are more of a single unit. It wouldn't have to be perfectly quiet either, just dampened enough so that it doesn't damage your hearing. If we had been allowed to use them all these years I'm sure that there would already be such rifles on the market today. To me, outlawing silencers on hunting rifles makes about as much sense as outlawing mufflers on cars. Outlawing silencers doesn't stop the poaching. If someone is going to poach an animal and doesn't want to be heard, they will use a .22 or a bow. They may as well let us legally hunt animals without either damaging our hearing or walking through the woods with ear plugs in (which isn't very safe either).