An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
When it comes to safety, the old adage is true: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Following are tips all waterfowl hunters should follow to avert problems afield.
- Always carry a waterproof fire-starting kit in a pocket. If you get wet, being able to start a fire is crucial to staving off hypothermia.
- Have your boat, motor, and trailer serviced before the season starts. Make sure everything mechanical is in good running order and that batteries are at full charge.
- Always wear a certified personal flotation device when running or paddling a boat.
- Never go hunting without telling somebody where you're going and when you expect to return
- Stock your boat or ATV box with safety gear: survival rations, rope, flare gun, space blanket, hand axe, whistle, etc.
- Attach a small compass to your parka via pin or string. This way, it'll always be there when you need it.
- Never attempt to run an overloaded boat. If hunting on a large river or lake, use a boat that's big enough to handle rough water.
- Treat every gun as if it's loaded, even when you're sure it's not.
- Before each hunt, open your gun's action and check the muzzle for obstructions.
- Carry a cell phone in a waterproof plastic bag when hunting. Cell phone service is available in most places around the country. If an emergency arises, you can call for help.