RALEIGH, N.C. (November 9, 2021) – 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 hunting. The Wildlife Commission reported that of the 27 people who died boating on the water in 2020, 19 were not wearing a life vest.
“Boating incidents can occur in a split second, so it’s important to be prepared,” said Chet Clark, the Wildlife Commission’s recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) manager. “Hunters using a vessel should wear a personal floatation device at all times, even before getting in the boat. Also, dress appropriately. Wear clothing made of wool or other synthetic materials instead of cotton to help prevent hypothermia.”
When on a vessel, it’s also imperative to follow all boating regulations and consider bringing a Personal Locater Beacon and reliable Very High Frequency (VHF) marine radio. Boaters should keep navigational lights in good operating condition.
The Wildlife Commission’s Home from the Hunt campaign recommends waterfowl hunters:
A great way for hunters to share their safety knowledge and love for the sport is to invite someone new to hunting to join them in an outing.
“Mentoring someone is a great way to pass along the rich tradition of waterfowl hunting in North Carolina,” said Clark. “The memories you create while sharing your knowledge with a new waterfowl hunter last a lifetime.”
The Wildlife Commission has set dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2021-2022 waterfowl seasons, and implemented new duck zones separated by I-95. For additional information about waterfowl hunting, visit ncwildlife.org/hunting.