Many hunters take up the challenge of hunting from a boat. It is well established that small boats can significantly improve access to bountiful fishing areas and can make the game recovery process go more smoothly. In order to hunt from a boat successfully, hunters must select an appropriate boat, equip it properly, and adhere to the standard boat safety regulations.
Determining which type of hunting boat to buy
Purchasing a boat that is fully equipped is a considerable financial investment for many people. It is important to evaluate all aspects of the decision before you make a purchase. Consider your hunting style, frequent hunting locations, duration of your trips, the number of people in your group, the amount of gear that you take with you, and other uses that you will have for the boat (i.e. fishing).
Types of hunting boats
There are a number of different popular hunting boats. They include the following:
Considerations for boat hunting gear
Keep a set of extra dry clothes in a dry or waterproof container that is fastened to the boat, ensuring that it will not get lost if the boat tips. You should always have a survival kit on board. Many hunters choose to keep a large kit on the boat and then carry a smaller one with them into the field. Make sure that your boat is stocked with all of the required boat safety gear, such as a fire extinguisher, signal flares, lighting and whistles. Keep charts for all areas where you are traveling as well as a compass. A GPS receiver can be a good supplement for the charts, but it should not be used as a primary navigation guide.
General safety tips for hunting from a boat