What Safety Precaution Should You Take When Hunting From A Boat?

Summer’s almost over, and with it, the changing weather. The heat is making way for colder, wetter, and windier days. So why not take advantage of this great opportunity?

I’m talking about hunting. Boat hunting to be precise.

Most of us associate hunting as something that’s done on land, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. 

Why not experience a new way of hunting that will open your eyes to a whole new world.

You’ve been hunting on land your whole life, why not try something else?

And while you’re at it, bring a fishing pole and some tackle with you, as well. Who knows. If hunting doesn’t work out, maybe the fish will bite.

Check out what safety precaution should you take when hunting from a boat in the following paragraphs.

Safety First!

Did you know that a majority of boating fatalities from 1995-2000 happened to people who weren’t wearing their life jacket?
According to the National Rifle Association, more hunters die each year from water-related accidents than from gunshot wounds.

Being on a boat is dangerous, even more so if you’re not following strict safety rules each time you head out.
It’s easy to put your life in danger if you’re not doing the right things, but it’s even easier to die. If you take all the necessary precautions, you’ll manage to reduce your risks considerably!

Let’s take a look at some basic safety guidelines you should be following:

1. Always wear a life jacket, even if you’re a good swimmer.
2. Unless you’re lining up a shot, the safety stays on.
3. Be extra careful when you’re standing up, it’s way easier to capsize than you think.
4. Be mindful of how you organize your gear in your boat. Weight distribution should be as equal as possible, so as to not swamp your boat.

    Loading The Boat & Your Rifle. 

    You should always be mindful to carry everything you could possibly need, but, when boat hunting, you should also be mindful to not overpack. Chances are your boat won’t be too big and you wouldn’t want to exceed the maximum weight. Remember, it’s a lot easier to capsize a boat than you think. 

    And just to emphasize the second point in the safety guidelines above: if you’re not 100% sure, the safety stays on. The last thing you need is a boat with a hole in it!

    Other Tips 

    Best way to maintain stability when hunting from a boat?

    The best way would be to bring a friend! Sit back to back and agree on the firing zones. This method will ensure the stability of your boat and prevent accidents.

    Going alone? The best and easiest way of maintaining stability would be to not make any sudden moves, and to try to stand as low and as little as possible.

    What should you do if your boat gets swamped far away from shore?

    Your number one priority is to determine the gravity of the situation and, if you’re not alone, do a quick headcount.

    The next step would be to stop the boat if it’s moving. This will reduce the water pressure against it, which in turn will slow down water getting into it.

    Got a bilge pump? Good. Start using it. Now try to find out what’s causing the leak. Take a look around, are there any other boats nearby or are you alone? Call for help if you can, otherwise try to make it as close to shore as possible if the problem can’t be fixed.

    What should every person wear when hunting from a boat?

    Well, this one’s pretty obvious. You should ALWAYS be wearing a life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD).

    There are tons of options out there for life jackets and you can even get them in camouflage.

    Also, always have throwable flotation devices on board in case someone falls over.

    Is it dangerous to go fishing alone? 

    It’s usually not. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take every precaution.

    Taking an epic fishing trip by yourself can be very rewarding, but you should always be careful. Falling overboard is easier than you think!

    How do you stay safe while fishing?

    Even if you’ve been fishing for a long time, a small refresher won’t do you harm.

    1. Always wear a life jacket.
    2. Use sunscreen if you’ll be sitting in the sun.
    3. Don’t get hooked! It might not seem like much, but there’s always the chance of infection.
    4. Last but not least, always check the weather forecast before leaving.

      How does a responsible boater protect the shoreline?

      Protecting the shoreline is more important than ever.

      After all, we want to continue enjoying our favorite fishing spots for many years to come, right?

      1. Don’t operate in shallow waters where your prop or pump intake can stir up bottom sediments and destroy aquatic plants. 
      2. Care about the environment! Whatever you place in the water also needs to be taken out. Make sure you’ve properly disposed of your waste, oil, and fuel. Having a trash bag with you is an easy way of taking care of leftover litter. 
      3. While you’re free to enjoy boating, fishing, or any other type of water activity, always keep in mind that there are other people there that have the same rights. 4. Do unto others as you as you would have done to you.

        Final Thoughts

        We’ve all been hunting and we’ve all been fishing before. The appeal of these activities is the unique way in which they allow us to connect with the environment on a much deeper level. Simply put, there’s nothing quite like it!

        And that’s exactly why we should always take great care when practicing these activities. They’re not replaceable, so it’s up to us to make sure that we’re not disturbing anyone or anything. Whether we’re talking about not littering or boating responsibly, the responsibility is in our hands.

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