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Hunters often use boats in difficult conditions, such as wind, cold, and snow. Special care must be exercised to ensure a safe trip.

  • Be sure the boat is large enough to carry you and your gear safely.
  • Load gear low in the boat, and distribute the weight evenly.
  • Always unload your firearm before you board or leave the boat.
  • While in the boat, always wear a life jacket, also called a personal flotation device or PFD. Having a life jacket for each person on board a boat is highly recommended and may be required by your state’s laws.
  • Have throwable flotation devices on board in case someone falls overboard.
  • If you fall into frigid water, retain body heat with the HELP (Heat Escape Lessening Posture) position: pull your knees to your chest and keep your elbows close to your sides.
Transporting firearms in a boat