HUNTING AND FISHING, CONTINUED
HUNTING AND FISHING
Always be sure to load your boat properly.
Try to keep equipment low and center. This will greatly help with your boats stability.
Avoid quick movements. Use caution when retrieving a fish, collecting decoys, or firing your gun: all these actions can result in falls overboard emergencies, if you aren't careful.
Remain seated as much as possible. When you have to move around the boat, always maintain 3 points of contact with the vessel. This will help you and the boat to remain stable.
Slow down when you’re near other boaters, and show respect by limiting noise, which amplifies and travels over water.
- Avoid quick movements. Use caution when retrieving a fish, collecting decoys or firing your gun: all these actions can result in falls-overboard emergencies.
- Slow down around other boaters, and show respect by limiting noises, which travels clearly over water.
Wear a life jacket. Too many hunters and anglers are lost every year when they fall overboard. Whether retrieving a trophy fish or shooting game, you must realize how easily you can fall overboard. Wearing a life jacket can save your life. New styles of life jackets that don't restrict movement are now available in camouflage colors.
Give anglers and hunters a wide berth. Anglers are casting all around their vessel and hunters are firing guns - stay clear! A boat's wake could swamp an angler's boat. Additionally, anglers who are trolling may have their fishing line out a fair distance behind them - if you approach too closely, your boat could sever their fishing line.