About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Massachusetts Hunter’s Ed Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain hunter education certification from Hunter Ed. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about hunter safety.

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

Duck hunters wearing camouflage flotation jacket with dog in boat
Hunters can wear a camouflage flotation jacket, instead of a traditional PFD, when hunting from a boat.

Trip Preparation

  • Leave a hunting plan with family or friends with details on the boating portion of your trip. It should include your planned route and when you plan to return.
  • 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.
  • Have each person on board wear a personal flotation device (PFD), or life jacket.
  • Have throwable personal flotation devices on board in case someone falls overboard.
  • Stow required visual distress signals.
  • Check an up-to-date weather forecast before heading out.
  • Cancel your trip if wind and water conditions aren’t safe.