Waterfowl hunters asked to practice boating safety

Published 12:51 pm Wednesday, November 22, 2017

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home from the Hunt campaign reminds waterfowl hunters to take basic safety precautions while hunting from a vessel.

“Hypothermia causes more hunter fatalities than firearm accidents,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state’s boating safety coordinator. “It’s important to be prepared and dress appropriately while hunting from a boat in cold weather. Wear clothing made of wool or other synthetic materials instead of cotton. And, as always, wear a personal floatation device. These simple practices can save your life.”

The Commission also recommends that hunters:

  • Be aware that small, flat-bottom vessels are prone to capsizing and swamping.
  • Keep hunting dogs prone in the center of the boat.
  • Store equipment properly and keep it evenly distributed.
  • Never move about the boat with a loaded shotgun.
  • Don’t overload the boat, especially with passengers.
  • Always let someone know your whereabouts and an approximate return time.
  • In the event of capsizing or swamping, stay with the boat and use it as a floatation device.

The Wildlife Commission has set dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2017-2018 waterfowl seasons, with tundra swan (by permit only), duck and geese hunting.

For additional information on waterfowl hunting, visit www.ncwildlife.org/hunting.