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jnicholes 11-26-2019 09:15 AM

Injured while duck hunting
 
Hey,

So, as the title says, I was injured while I was duck hunting on Sunday. Here is what happened:

I shot a male mallard, and it fell in the water. I got my waders on and went out to get it. While in the ice cold water with my waders on, I slipped and fell in the water completely. Struggling, I had to abandon the duck and swim back to shore. No duck is as important as my life.

I almost died, but I was able to make it to the shore. It was a near death experience. Very scary.

I am letting you all know I am okay, and I made it out with only a big bruise on my leg that is very painful.

Be safe while you are hunting.

Jared

gemihur 11-26-2019 09:42 AM

my condolences, sir.
we are but mortal
be careful

jnicholes 11-26-2019 09:44 AM

Thank you for the condolences. I'm sure I'll get better soon.

Oldtimr 11-26-2019 12:16 PM


Originally Posted by jnicholes (Post 4365427)
Hey,

So, as the title says, I was injured while I was duck hunting on Sunday. Here is what happened:

I shot a male mallard, and it fell in the water. I got my waders on and went out to get it. While in the ice cold water with my waders on, I slipped and fell in the water completely. Struggling, I had to abandon the duck and swim back to shore. No duck is as important as my life.

I almost died, but I was able to make it to the shore. It was a near death experience. Very scary.

I am letting you all know I am okay, and I made it out with only a big bruise on my leg that is very painful.

Be safe while you are hunting.

Jared

Looks like you found out why you should wear a pfd in cold water in the winter. If you are shooting over water, a canoe or small boat is a better idea than waders. I hunt ducks out of a boat and I wear chest waders and a PFD and I have been in cold water in December. You cannot be too prepared.

jnicholes 11-26-2019 12:42 PM


Originally Posted by Oldtimr (Post 4365436)
Looks like you found out why you should wear a pfd in cold water in the winter. If you are shooting over water, a canoe or small boat is a better idea than waders. I hunt ducks out of a boat and I wear chest waders and a PFD and I have been in cold water in December. You cannot be too prepared.

To be honest, it didn't occur to me to have a PFD. I guess I learned something today!

You're right. You cannot be too prepared.

Anyway, I am sure I will recover soon. It just takes time.

Thanks for the advice!

Jared

CalHunter 11-26-2019 07:24 PM

Glad you're okay and best wishes for a speedy recovery. Also, good choice on letting go of the duck. Like you said, not worth your life.

elkman30 11-26-2019 10:39 PM

Heck of a wake up call. Glad you're okay. It seems like very few years, some older guy falls out of a boat into a high elevation lake while fishing and the cold water temps hocks their heart and they die.

Oldtimr 11-27-2019 03:27 PM

The thing to have if you are going to be on water, especially cold water is SOSpenders the kind that inflates as soon as you hit the water. They are light weight and you really don't even think about them when you have them on. they are perfect for hunting because they are not as bulky as regular PFDs and you can shoot while wearing them. I wore a set when I helped a friend bring his 42 ft sail boat back from Bermuda to MD. I wore it for 6 days and We hit a full gale a half a day out of Hamilton and were in it for almost 3 days and I wore it all day and night. They cost more than the standard PFD but they are worth it. https://www.landfallnavigation.com/s...w-harness.html

Bocajnala 11-27-2019 03:50 PM

How do those inflate ot? Do you have to pull a cord or does it do it automatically somehow?

Like say you fall in unconscious?

-Jake

jnicholes 11-28-2019 10:29 AM

Never heard of those kinds of waders. I'll have to look into it.

Anyway, my leg is a little better today. Still in pain, but a little better.


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