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Cold Water Survival

We have open water in most of Nebraska now and spring fever is running rampant.  That means a lot of anglers are going to be pulling their boats out of storage and putting them in the water.  I do not want to discourage anyone from getting out and enjoying some time on the water, but I hope you do not mind a safety reminder.  This video is not 4 minutes long, it will take some time to watch it.  But, I watched the whole thing, it is very well done, and if you take the time it will make an impression on you, you will learn something, and it may save your life.  Take the time.  Watch it!

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This is especially important right now.  Our ice may be gone, and some of the afternoons may be warm, but the water is still very cold.  We absolutely have had tragic events happen on Nebraska waters this time of year and there are Nebraska anglers that are with us no more because of it.  Watch the the whole video and practice what it tells you.

Wear your life jacket!  Especially wear it now, but once you get into the habit, wear it all the time!  And you big, tough, macho fishermen reading this, I know, I know, you don’t want to wear it, don’t think you need to wear it.  That’s fine, be an idiot if you want, but your mom, your wife, your kids will be really happy if you wear it.  Do it!


About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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