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This is not a double gun topic except in how it relates to us doublegunners who hunt ducks using boats. I was hunting in AR last week and my best friend's first cousin was hunting some private land on the Cache River, in Black Swamp. They were in an old blind that was built 60-70 years ago that is situated on the outside of a bend on the Cache. They shot down a duck, which was being carried away down the river. One guy got in the boat and cranked the motor, followed by a buddy who went to climb in the front end of the boat, from the blind, to retrieve the duck. His toe caught the light bar mounted on the bow, tripping him. The driver goosed the throttle to keep the boat against the blind, hoping to help his buddy stay in the boat. But, he fell out into the Cache River, high and swift at that point. He went under and was not seen for at least 10 seconds. An arm came up, which was grabbed, followed by another arm, and he was drug into the blind. He sat and coughed up muddy river water for a few minutes, recovering.

A few more seconds and his duck hunting career would have been a distant memory for his friends, and his family would have been planning a funeral. Wear the life jacket guys, for the short ride to the blind, and please put it on before climbing in the boat to return. Getting in and out of a boat at a blind, in deep water, can be deadly before you know what happened.

Safe hunting, SRH


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Good words of wisdom.

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Read a report today that some country singer was found dead of hypothermia around 12/27 after capsizing a duck boat. He apparently made it to shore and died from the cold. I think it was in Oklahoma.

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You didn't mention it Stan, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was wearing waders also. Not always, but those can feel like anchors when someone's in panic mode.

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They just found that country singer and they found his friend's body a few days before.

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I didn't hear if he had on waders or not, but if he didn't he almost certainly was wearing rubber boots, like Muck Boots. Either is very bad when they fill with water. I heard about the country singer while I was out there, too.

I once knew of a duck hunter here at home who was loading his boat on the trailer by walking on the trailer. He was wearing hip boots, slipped off, and was found several miles downstream about two weeks later. Again, swift water and no life jacket.

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Words of Wisdom-- Another reason why I sold my waders and stay on the riverbanks, with Khartoum to do the retrieving on the pass shooting I enjoy--I used to shoot divers from my layout boat- that was when I was 35, not 75. Duck hunting is a potentially very dangerous sport, when you are on big open water, or even marsh or rivers afloat--RWTF


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AMEN!
I used to float the Fox River in a two man FoldBoat decades ago but we always hunted geese in the fields. Now I only occasionally jump shoot ducks by walking the banks of the large drainage ditches but I still managed to fall in wearing waders while retreiving a duck. Luckily the ditch did not have much water.
The rest of my waterfowl hunting is in the corn fields on dry land.-Richard

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I am glad I don't have to hunt the river anymore after a couple o near misses . ..
And don't want my son out there!


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Definitely words of wisdom Stan!

I don't hunt waterfowl much anymore, but was once fanatical about it. Numerous close calls falling through ice, swamping boats, etc. on Coeur d'Alene Lake and the surrounding rivers and smaller lakes...young and dumb seem to go together!


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