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Fall Waterfowl Hunting Considerations

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With the past few unseasonably-warm Novembers, hunting season has never been more enjoyable. Unusual weather patterns create conditions and obstacles that influence wildlife, which can catch hunters off-guard. Midwest Traction has a few things to keep in mind. 

If you're located in areas with drought and low-water levels, be wary of stumps and rocks. These can knock into your boat, resulting in being thrown overboard on impact. Water is colder than air, even when it's been abnormally warmer. Hypothermia and shock are still threats. Minnesota DNR records show more hunters die from water-related traumas annually than gunshot wounds.

Wear a life jacket, even if you know how to swim. Losing consciousness and drowning, or getting caught below the surface are real possibilities that can easily be avoided. Have a life jacket for each person on board; seat cushions are no longer safety-guaranteed. 

Visit your state's DNR website for more tips on safe waterfowl hunting. Out of the water, make sure your boat trailer has adequate tires to avoid problems during transport. 

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