Hunters heading into the great outdoors should expect the best and plan for the worst.The outdoors is unpredictable; a million things can go wrong. At the least, let someone know where you’re going and when you’re due back. Carry a tourniquet and a basic first aid kit. And never become complacent. wistv.com:
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reported it received the first calls around 6:30 a.m. about a possible drowning on the Buffalo River in the Fort Adams area [Louisiana] . . .
Deputies said four people were getting off one boat into a second boat being used as a duck blind on the river when the second boat capsized. One of the hunters got out safely and has been assessed by medics.
Search and recovery efforts found the bodies of a man, his sister-in-law, her child, and a dog that are believed to have gotten trapped under the boat and blind . . .
Officials said the blind was in an area of the river that’s about 7 feet deep, and approximate the temperature of the water to be about 49 degrees Sunday morning.
It is unknown whether they had on life jackets.
As with armed self-defense, it’s not enough to be ready to deal with a potential threat in the wild, which can include predators (two and four-legged), hypothermia, sickness, injury, drowning and more. You have to anticipate problems. Plan for them. Look for them.
Hunting is a relatively safe pursuit. But relatively doesn’t mean absolutely. Keep that in mind. Meanwhile, our condolences to the family.