Though studies show hunting is one of the safest sports, duck hunting is probably the most dangerous. It takes place during the most adverse weather conditions in water that is barely above freezing.
Here’s a few precautions to take:
Let someone know where you are
Like any other hunt, the most important thing is to let someone know where you're going, especially if you're hunting by yourself.
If you have problems and can't make it back to your rig, someone will know where to start looking.
Carry extra clothes
Morning temperatures have been below freezing and the chance of taking a bath in the river or pond are high. If you step in a hole and get water inside your waders, the hunt is over.
Be aware of the conditions
No matter how good the hunting might be, it's not very smart to risk your life just to kill a few ducks. All duck hunters are guilty of ignoring the conditions. Four-wheel drive doesn't mean your rig can handle icy roads. Your 4-wheel drive will provide extra traction through mud and snow, but it will slide on ice just like any other vehicle.