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 or call 1-800-675-0263.