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Wear It!

I am going to “harp” on this subject again–Wear Your Life Jacket!  This is the time of year when we get some warm weather, a warm afternoon, and everyone wants to be on the water fishing.  Or, it is time to get the boat out of storage and on the water for the first time.  Every spring I see lots of folks on the water and more often than I would like to admit I see men, alone, fishing or maybe just running the boat.  Those lone anglers or boaters are blissfully enjoying a nice afternoon on the water without wearing life jackets.  I know, all of them are expert boaters in nice boats and nothing is going to happen to them.  But, I believe a reminder about this is especially important now because water temperatures in many of our waters are still very cool and an unexpected dunking, with the wind blowing the boat away, could result in an immediate life-and-death survival situation, especially if the angler or boater is alone.

Suddenly, there is someone who wished he would have been wearing his life jacket.  Or, there are bereaved family members who wished he would have been wearing his life jacket.

With the inflatable life jackets available today, you ain’t got no excuse!



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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