Hunting in the Boundary Waters

     It’s that time of the year when hunters head out into the woods and onto the waters. Many hunters choose to hunt from canoes or boats and with the annual moose hunt right around the corner more hunters will be heading into the great outdoors.  As water temperatures cool off hunters and paddlers alike need to take special care when out in the wilderness.  Hypothermia is a real concern and the Coast Guard has the following advice for anyone heading out onto the water for recreational or hunting purposes.We encourage all hunters in and around water to follow these simple rules:

  • Wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device – Life Jacket).  A Type III Float Coat or Exposure Suit or Type IV (inflatable) would be your best bet.
  • File a Float Plan with your friends, family or hunting lodge.
  • Don’t drink Alcohol before hunting/boating.
  • Check the weather before you head out and dress appropriately.
  • Take a safe boating course.
  • Make sure your boat is properly equipped – get a free vessel safety check by visiting
  • Read this pamphlet by the United Safe Boating Institute: "Safe Boating Tips for Anglers, Hunters & Campers" at