KANSAS CITY, Mo.— The Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges all hunters to be safe while hunting at the 18 lake projects throughout Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.
Whether your local waterfowl season started in early September or you are still awaiting that first opportunity to venture out, hunter safety is a must. Many people think of the traditional bright orange vest, safety glasses, and safe shooting lanes, but before you venture out, please also keep in mind that a few additional hazards exist when hunting on or around water.
First, let’s take a moment to think about that favorite hunting spot. This may include a short, four-minute boat ride across a small cove or you’ve selected a shoreline hunting spot adjacent to the mud flats that are sure to draw an early morning shooting opportunity. Either way, before you put on your hunting gear here are a few safety musts to ensure many return visits to that favorite spot!
Check the capacity plate: If the capacity plate says four people OR 500 lbs, err on the side of caution if you are approaching that maximum limit, especially when you’re toting items such as guns, winter weather clothing, decoys, and perhaps a dog. Though the capacity plate states four people, the more items you add the less maneuverability you have while on the water.
Dress for the weather: As the weather turns colder, it’s always good to throw in an extra set of clothes, a blanket, and heavy coat. In the event you end up in the water or the weather turns cold, you’ll be prepared.
File a float plan: This can be as informal as telling a friend or family member when you’re leaving, where you’re going, and when you plan to return. And, most importantly, let them know who to contact if you don’t return on time.
Wear your life jacket: If you find yourself in the water, a life jacket will keep your head above the surface of the water. A life jacket not only keeps you afloat, it also serves as an extra layer of clothing to keep you warm.
Avoid Alcohol: Whether on land or on the water, drinking impairs judgment and does not mix well with hunting or boating. Stay safe and stay sober.
For questions, please contact the Public Affairs Office at (816) 389-3486.