Duck decoys like these help duck hunters attract waterfowl. The Coast Guard encourages all waterfowl hunters to prepare for the worst-case scenario when headed out on the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn.

Humbled hunter recalls mistakes in the marsh

A duck hunter learns a lesson in preparedness after his boat gets caught in low tides in the marshes on a cold December day without a reliable means of communication or hunting partner.


Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Baker, an avid duck hunter, demonstrates proper hunting safety gear near Wachapreague, Va, Sept. 26, 2016. Baker's personal floatation device and personal locator beacon do not interfere with his hunt, and just might save his life. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn.

Below Zero: Duck hunting safety

Waterfowl hunting, more popularly known as duck hunting, is a popular winter sport throughout the country. While the activity isn’t widely thought of when referring to boating safety, it’s not a forgotten boating community.