RALEIGH, N.C. (November 15, 2022) – As duck hunting season ramps up across the state, officials with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission urge waterfowl hunters to practice safety and to share best practices with someone new to the sport, especially when hunting from a vessel. The Wildlife Commission reported that of the 23 people who died boating on the water in 2021, 16 were not wearing a life vest.
“Boating incidents can occur in a split second, so it’s important to be prepared,” said Chase Luker, engagement specialist with Wildlife Commission’s Education Division. “Hunters using a vessel should always wear a personal floatation device, even before getting in the boat. Also, dress appropriately. Clothing made of wool or other synthetic materials, rather than cotton, help prevent hypothermia.”
When on the water, it’s imperative that hunters that use a boat follow all boating regulations and consider bringing a Personal Locater Beacon and reliable Very High Frequency (VHF) marine radio. In addition, navigational lights should be kept in good operating condition.
Additional recommends for waterfowl hunters include:
Safely handing waterfowl carcasses is top of mind this season as well, as avian influenza has infected wild birds in North Carolina. State health officials with the NC Department of Health and Human Services recommend:
Waterfowl hunting season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2022-2023 waterfowl seasons, and posted duck zones are available at ncwildlife.org/hunting.