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Many hunters use vessels for duck hunting or to get to their favorite hunting grounds. If you are using your vessel to hunt, you should:

Hunting from a boat on a lake
  • Understand that you are still responsible for obeying all boating laws and should follow all safe boating rules.
  • Take extra precautions to avoid capsizing or swamping your vessel.
    • Be aware that small, flat-bottom vessels are prone to capsizing or swamping.
    • Keep weight low and distribute gear evenly in the vessel.
    • Do not exceed the vessel's capacity. Never crowd too many people or too much gear into one small hunting boat.
    • Take only well-trained dogs on board a small vessel. An excited dog could capsize a vessel easily. Keep the dog lying on the bottom, positioned in the center of the vessel.
    • Take precautions to avoid hypothermia in case you do capsize.
  • Wear a life jacket (PFD) at all times while on the water. PFDs come in a variety of styles, including camouflage vests and float coats.
  • Remember that cold water can be a killer. When hunting on cold water, dress in several layers under your PFD.
  • Always check the weather and stay as close to the shore as possible.
  • Never fire shots or release arrows until the vessel is stopped, the motor is turned off, and the vessel is secured or properly anchored. Always remain seated when shooting. Of course, you must possess a valid hunting license, tags, and permits for whatever you are hunting.
  • Be aware of laws regarding transport of firearms in a vessel.
  • Ensure that all firearms are always unloaded with the safety on and are secured in a gun case when they are being transported in a vessel.
If you fish or hunt from a boat, you are not only an angler or a hunter but also a boater. Special precautions and responsibilities are required when hunting from a vessel.
Wearing a PFD While Hunting

It is very important that you get in the habit of wearing a life jacket while fishing or hunting, especially in smaller boats and those with low gunwales. One simple mistake without a life jacket on could ruin a good day of fishing, not to mention ruin your life. Try out an inflatable life jacket to maximize comfort. And don't forget to wear your ignition safety switch lanyard whenever the motor is running!

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