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Waterfowl season is in full swing here in Minnesota. Hopefully, it will be a safe one. There are a number of safety tips to keep in mind:

The DNR says national statistics show more people die from drowning or hypothermia than firearms accidents.

Some other tips include:

  • not overloading the boat…make another trip if necessary.
  • Share your plans with someone who is staying home in case you don’t return on time.
  • Pack a cell phone in a zipper-locked bag. The phone can still be used without removing it. It could save your life in the event of a capsized boat or other accident.
  • Avoid wearing waders or hip boots. But, if you must, make sure you know how float with them on. Trying to kick them off in the water can tie up your legs and keep you from kicking to stay afloat.

It is also very important to always wear a life jacket.

The DNR has a free publication about waterfowl hunting boat safety called "Prescription for Duck Hunters." It is available by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367, or can be downloaded from www.mndnr.gov.

For all hunters, the Legal Examiner members have provided gun safety and hunting tips in the past. For each hunt, it's important that the supervising adult be vigilant concerning each young hunter, that every hunter be watch out for them self, for everyone to use their gun properly, and be safe.

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