RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign is reminding waterfowl hunters who use boats to practice both boating safety and hunting safety.
“Statistics show more waterfowl hunters die from hypothermia and drowning than gunshot wounds,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “Hypothermia is the loss of body heat and, left untreated, can prove fatal. Exposure to extreme cold, such as being in cold water or wearing wet clothes in cold conditions, can increase the chance of hypothermia.”
Wear protective clothing and watch the weather, he said. Let someone know where you are hunting and an approximate return time.
Additional boating safety tips include:
Always wear a life vest.
Don't overload the boat, especially with passengers.
Keep hunting dogs prone in the center of the boat.
Never move about the boat with a loaded firea