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Prepping for waterfowl season on the water
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Frankfort, KY - Waterfowl hunters often forget they are boaters, too. Failing to keep safe boating in mind while hunting can lead to disastrous results.
"A person in distress in the water can be a bad situation in summertime, but in cold weather, due to water temperatures, your danger level is exponentially increased," said Marcus Bowling, boating education coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Life jackets are even more important during this time of year, and should be worn at all times while boating. Personal floatation devices designed for hunters include vests, floatation coats and waist belts.
"Manufacturers make a wide variety of life jackets to accommodate hunters and anglers comfortably, so there is no excuse for not wearing it," Bowling said. "Life jackets are proven to save lives. Statistics consistently show that most drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident."
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife offers the following tips to help hunters be safer boaters this winter:
"Boaters should be alert year-round, but the colder months present an extra set of challenges," Bowling said. "Make that annual waterfowl hunting trip one to remember by staying safe and heading home afterward with the beauty of a Kentucky winter in mind."
For more waterfowl hunting information, view the department's online Waterfowl Guide (PDF).
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