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Hunting and Fishing

Wear a life jacket. Too many hunters and anglers are lost every year when they fall overboard. Whether retrieving a trophy fish or shooting game, you must realize how easily you can fall overboard. Wearing a life jacket can save your life. New styles of life jackets that don't restrict movement are now available in camouflage colors.

Anglers and hunters need to be aware of safe boating practices and follow the same guidelines as other recreational vessel operators. Similarly, recreational boaters need to give anglers and hunters a wide berth and respect the space needed to successfully fish and hunt.

CASTING AND RETRIEVING FISH AND FIRING A GUN REQUIRE A STEADY BOAT AND PROPER PRECAUTIONS:


Use the buddy system. Fishing or hunting alone is very risky. At the very least, let a responsible friend or family member know where you plan to fish or hunt and when you expect to return.
Peak fishing hours tend to be during quiet boating times (early morning and early evening). During these times, vision is limited- be sure to have proper navigation lights in working order and a backup flashlight.
When fishing or hunting during the day, keep an eye out for other boaters, and respect their space.