Wildlife commission urges waterfowl hunters to become mentors

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Waterfowl hunters (Photo: Missy McGaw)

NORTH CAROLINA (WWAY) — As duck season continues across the state, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission urges waterfowl hunters to share their boat with someone new to hunting.

“North Carolina has a rich tradition of waterfowl hunting, and mentoring someone new to hunting is a great way to pass along that tradition,” said Chet Clark, the Commission’s recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) manager. “Sharing your knowledge through guiding a new waterfowl hunter is rewarding and can be a life-changing experience.”

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While mentoring a new hunter, it’s important to remember the commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign and share basic safety precautions while hunting from a vessel.

“Boat accidents and hypothermia can occur quickly, and mentors should make sure that everyone who boards the vessel wears a personal flotation device,” said Clark. “Small precautions can be life-saving in the event of a boating accident.”

The commission also reminds hunters:

  • Always let someone know your whereabouts and an approximate return time.
  • Be aware that small, flat-bottom vessels are prone to capsizing and swamping.
  • Store equipment properly and keep it evenly distributed.
  • Do not overload the boat, especially with passengers.
  • Keep hunting dogs prone in the center of the boat.
  • Never move about the boat with a loaded shotgun.
  • Stay with the boat and use it as a flotation device in the event of capsizing or swamping.

The Commission has set dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2019-2020 waterfowl seasons, with tundra swan (by permit only), duck and geese hunting. For additional information on waterfowl hunting, visit ncwildlife.org/hunting or call 1-800-675-0263.