Re: cold weather life vest use
Thanks for the link, and pointing out it doesn't start till this Nov. Completely missed the year on the date, explains why no one was letting us know we where illegal, and why I didn't know about this till after waterfowl season. I will agree it is an excellent piece of advice to follow, but question whether we needed legislation on this. I could name hundreds of things that are dangerous and cost lives, some many more lives than cold weather boating, yet we allow people to assess the danger themselves and make their own choices. You can't make everything that increases a persons chance of death illegal.
And I disagree with the way the law is worded. Everything I see says if your on a boat you must wear a life preserver. As a duck hunter with a boat blind, most of my boat time in the cold weather months is spent anchored in less then 2 foot of water in cover at the edges. I can wear my life jacket on the way out and back, but there's no way I'll spend 4 hours wearing it, trying to shoot with it on???, when it won't EVER save a life in this situation. I guess if they check me out, I'll have to rely on the officers, or judge, to have the common sense to understand this. I think seeing how waterfowl hunters are a main group whose lives they are trying to save with this law, they should have included wording stating they not need be worn when anchored in less then 5 foot of water at the edge.