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Why would a hunter need a life jacket?
By Ryan Walt
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission Boating & Watercraft Safety Manager

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N NOVEMBER 2007, a 45-yearold man was paddling on Crooked Creek in Armstrong County to go hunting. It had been raining recently and the creek was high, muddy and full of debris. There were wind gusts of 15 to 25 miles per hour. As he paddled his 16-foot canoe upstream he passed another hunter who was in a treestand near the water. That was the last time anyone saw the lone boater before his body was discovered by hikers in mid-January, floating in the creek. On that November day, a PFBC waterways conservation officer found a vehicle and boat trailer parked at an access area on Crooked Creek. That was at 6 p.m., so the officer decided to wait for the boater to return. At 7 p.m. the officer called in the license plate number and found out that family members had already called the police with their concerns. The following day the man’s canoe, a wearable Type III life jacket, paddles, other items and extra clothing were found trapped in a fallen tree laying across the water. The hunter was a very experienced paddler and could swim, but it is unknown if he had any formal instruction in boating safety. The water temperature was 40 degrees, so sudden immersion into cold water (cold-water shock) was a probable

factor. Later that same hunting season, on a December day in Beaver County, a 23-year-old man lost his life when the 15-foot canoe from which he was goose hunting capsized. He was floating alone on a strip mine sediment pond at dusk. He fired two shots at geese, which may have caused him to capsize. He surfaced, called for help and disappeared below the water. His brother, a non-swimmer, witnessed the accident and went for help. There were no life jackets on board the canoe and the water temperature was only 34 degrees. The victim was a poor swimmer, an inexperienced boater, and he had no formal instruction in boating safety. Those tragic stories are a reminder that hunting during the cold weather months puts hunters at risk of cold water shock and drowning. Hunters drown needlessly every year because they don’t have the necessary equipment and skills to survive in an emergency. In fact, according to the National Rifle Association, more hunters die every year from water related accidents, such as hypothermia and drowning, than from gunshot wounds. The Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission advise all hunters to wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket or float coat while on the water. Life jackets and float coats are available in various
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011

Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Beagles, Brushpiles and Growing Up
Public Input and Deer Management
Doodles Along the Delaware
Driving
Room 204
2010-11 Small Game/Furbearer Harvests
Need a Life Jacket?
The Legacy From A to Z
Hunter Access Liability Protection
Thanksgiving Bear
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Beagles, Brushpiles and Growing Up
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Public Input and Deer Management
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Doodles Along the Delaware
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Driving
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Room 204
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 2010-11 Small Game/Furbearer Harvests
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Need a Life Jacket?
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - The Legacy From A to Z
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Hunter Access Liability Protection
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Thanksgiving Bear
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2011 - Crossings
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