When hunting, there are many ways to do so and ensure a fun and successful time. You can opt to hunt from an elevated stand, undetected on the fields, or even in the waters with a good kayak and equipment. This is recommended when hunting ducks. But when you are on a boat, expect it to be different. You will need to learn how to properly hunt and transport your firearms when you are on a boat. If you aren’t sure how to do this, read on as I show you the five things to know.
How to Transport Guns and Hunt on a Boat
- If you are hunting from the boat, check the weather and stay close to land as much as possible to avoid getting lost or falling off. Do not use your firearms when the currents are strong (or choose to stay in still bodies of water, such as lakes) or during bad weather. But if the unexpected happens, always prepare for hypothermia or being stranded. It’s best to have a communications device to update people on where you are.
- Never exceed your boat’s weight capacity by crowding with too many people or putting a lot of gear. Only bring well-trained dogs with you as well. Weigh yourself and everything you need when on the boat beforehand, adjusting your pack according to the weight.
- When you are about to hunt or shoot your target on a boat, make sure that the motor is off, and your boat is anchored to the ground to avoid too much movement. If you aren’t using it, transport and keep it with the safety on and the muzzle facing forward. Keep it in its case if you don’t plan on using it yet.
- Be aware of the laws regarding bringing firearms in a boat. If needed, possess the hunting licenses, permits, tags, or whatever is needed when hunting in a particular area. It’s best to do your research beforehand to avoid breaking the rules and getting fined.
- Wear the right clothes, which should be something you can swim on. Opt for waterproof hunting boots and avoid wearing heavy clothing that would reduce your buoyancy. Wear a lifejacket at all times. If you or your companion can’t swim, then I recommend you to NOT get into the boat.
If you plan on hunting from a boat, then you must be acquainted with the laws and proper etiquette when doing so. This won’t only ensure a successful hunt, but that you also stay safe without the worry of breaking any rules or injuring anyone else.
I hope that this article on how to transport guns and hunt on a boat will help you out! So don’t wait any longer and follow these tips today. If you want to take a concealed firearm, check out concealedcoalition.com for details.
If you have any questions or would like to share your tips and suggestions when hunting on a boat, do post your comments below. I would love to hear what you have to think.