Most hunting and angling takes place on boats that are less than 16 feet long, the length of boat that has the dubious distinction of being involved in the lion’s share of boating fatalities. Boats under 16 feet often have flat bottoms or semi-v hulls and are known for their instability. It’s no surprise then that the primary causes of hunting and fishing accidents on the water are capsizing, falls overboard and flooding or swamping.
This isn’t to say hunters and anglers should stop using small boats. What it says is that they should take precautions in small boats, precautions like correctly loading the boat and using caution while moving about the boat and landing fish or fowl. Above all, a sportsman should wear his life jacket.