2018 New York State Boater's Guide - 54
Fishing and Hunting
Fishermen and hunters generally consider themselves sportsmen rather than boaters. However, if they are using a boat to hunt or
fish, all boating laws apply. For many people, the only reason they
own a boat is to get to out-of-the-way fishing spots. There are boats
designed and built specifically for the sportsman, from
bass boats to boats specially
equipped for trolling.
Be courteous if you see
someone fishing from their
boat by staying well clear of
them. They may have lines
or nets in the water that you
might damage if you come
too close. Your wake may also swamp or flip their boat, pull their
anchor loose from the bottom, or dump one of the occupants in the
water. Remember, state law makes you responsible for any damage
caused by your wake when passing other boats, docks or swimmers.
Duck hunting from a boat is popular in the autumn. Hunters
also use boats to set decoys or to travel to remote hunting areas.
New York State Environmental Conservation Law allows a boater
to carry a legally registered and New York State licensed handgun
on a boat. The law also permits boaters to carry long guns, rifles or
shotguns, but these must not be loaded when the boat is underway.
The hunter may load or discharge the firearm only when the boat
is tied up or at an anchor.
Cold water is a serious hazard for sportsmen. Hypothermia and
death can result if a boat capsizes and its occupants are immersed
in the cold water. The risk is greatest in spring and fall when there
are fewer boaters and marine patrols on the water, increasing the
response time. Because the hunting and fishing seasons tend to
open when the weather is colder, the risk of exposure is especially
high for sportsmen.
If you are fishing or hunting from your boat, stay out of the main
boating channels so that you do not have to move to avoid other
boating traffic. Be constantly aware of wakes from other boats as
you move about your boat. Most importantly, remember that cold
water kills. File a float plan, don't overload your boat, and wear