DUCK HUNTING DANGERS
A message from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) last week cautioned duck hunters to “Wear your life jacket.” An accompanying illustration showed a man standing up while piloting a boat with another hunter and a retriever seated in the bow. I’ve hunted ducks for years from High Island to Corpus and have never seen a duck hunter wearing a life jacket. That’s good advice for anyone using a boat to get to the stand, though. But the illustration almost encourages standing up in a boat.
The chance that boaters might strike debris causing a boat to lurch should be enough to discourage standing. Thinking back, one morning on the Barrow Ranch near Port Arthur, we had to boat across a narrow slip of water to get to our blinds. One of the other hunters, wearing waders, lost his balance getting in the boat, and took an unplanned dive into cold saltwater.
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