NC commission reminding hunters about safety

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is issuing a reminder to waterfowl hunters who use boats to practice both boating safety and hunting safety.

State boating safety coordinator Maj. Chris Huebner says statistics show more waterfowl hunters die from hypothermia and drowning than gunshot wounds. Huebner said exposure to extreme cold, such as being in cold water or wearing wet clothes in cold conditions, can increase the chance of hypothermia

The commission suggests that hunters wear protective clothing and watch the weather, and to tell someone where you are hunting and an approximate return time.

Huebner said In the event of capsizing or swamping, stay with the boat because it will provide some flotation and will be the initial focus of a rescue attempt. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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