Hunting from a Boat: How to Maintain Stability and Safety

Hunting from a boat is an exciting activity, but it also comes with additional responsibilities. To ensure your safety and the stability of the boat, there are a few important points to keep in mind. Everyone should stay low on the boat and the equipment should be evenly distributed. A person standing on a boat does not have the same balance as a person sitting.

A person who fires a gun while standing could easily lose balance and fall overboard. If you're paddling, a fiberglass canoe is faster and can carry more equipment and hunters without tipping over. It's also important that if you bring a hunting partner or anyone else, they also know how to swim. Before you think about hunting from a ship, you need to be able to control and maneuver it properly with ease.

If there are going to be two hunters on a single ship, the first person must sit on the bow pointing forward after the first gun is on the ship. Don't forget about your feet either; wear thick socks and hunting boots that are well insulated to keep your feet from getting cold. It's essential that you act as a responsible navigator when hunting from a boat. Don't overload the boat, use PFDs, and take other necessary precautions when navigating.

If you're taking your dog on your hunting trips, be sure to teach him how to swim as well.

Dorothy Magni
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