As duck season continues across the state, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission urges waterfowl hunters to share their boat with someone new to hunting.
“North Carolina has a rich tradition of waterfowl hunting and mentoring someone new to hunting is a great way to pass along that tradition,” said Chet Clark, the Commission’s recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) manager. “Sharing your knowledge through guiding a new waterfowl hunter is rewarding and can be a life-changing experience.”
While mentoring a new hunter, it’s important to remember the Commission’s Home From The Hunt campaign and share basic safety precautions while hunting from a vessel.
“Boat accidents and hypothermia can occur quickly, and mentors should make sure that everyone who boards the vessel wears a personal floatation device,” said Clark. “Small precautions can be life-saving in the event of a boating accident.”
The Commission also reminds hunters:
Always let someone know your whereabouts and an approximate return time.
Be aware that small, flat-bottom vessels are prone to capsizing and swamping.
Store equipment properly and keep it evenly distributed.
Do not overload the boat, especially with passengers.
Keep hunting dogs prone in the center of the boat.
Never move about the boat with a loaded shotgun.
Stay with the boat and use it as a floatation device in the event of capsizing or swamping.
The Commission has set dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2019-2020 waterfowl seasons, with tundra swan (by permit only), duck and geese hunting. For additional information on waterfowl hunting, visit ncwildlife.org/hunting or call 1-800-675-0263