The same rules apply as when transporting firearms in a vehicle—unload and case firearms before you board or leave the boat. The action should be open or the gun broken down, whichever makes the firearm safest.
- Before boarding the boat, place the unloaded firearm into the bow (front) of the boat with its muzzle pointing forward.
- When hunting with others, the first person settles in the bow position facing forward after the first gun is placed. Next, place the second unloaded firearm in the stern (rear) of the boat with its muzzle pointing rearward. Then, the second person settles in the stern position facing rearward. Repeat the procedure when unloading.