Autumn is a popular season for the outdoors men and women – not too hot and not too cold. But it can be a dangerous time, especially if a person gets wet. The danger: hypothermia.
As the water temperature drops and the fall fishing finally kicks into high gear, anglers should be aware of the danger potential of cold water. This becomes more and more apparent as the nights get colder and daytime temperatures begin dropping.
The main danger is hypothermia, the potentially life-threatening condition that comes about when your body temperature drops, usually caused by prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. Falling into water or just exposure to cold wind are common causes.
And it’s not just anglers. Waterfowl hunters need to be just as vigilant to avoid hypothermia.
Here are a few tips to prevent it.
— Don’t fall in the water. But if you do, make sure you are wearing a life jacket. Several years ago, I bought a Coast Guard-approved float coat. It gives me peace of mind and helps me stay warm. Fortunately it’s never gotten wet, except for a rain shower, perhaps. And it’s a dandy windbreaker.
— Take extra clothes, including sox, and store them in your car, along with a jacket and blanket.
— Don’t go out in a boat alone. In fact, don’t go hunting or fishing alone. File a float plan with someone and take a charged cell phone (in a sealed plastic bag).
— If someone does fall into cold water, get them out of wet clothing and into dry clothing or blankets. Get to a warm environment, such as a car or building. Drink warm liquids, but avoid alcohol or coffee.
Want to Start Pheasant Hunting?
An adult learn to hunt ring-necked pheasant workshop series will be held on Nov. 12, Nov. 19 and Dec. 10, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. This program is for adults interested in hunting pheasants in Ohio and would like to know how to get started.
Representatives from the ODNR Division of Wildlife, Meeker Sportsman Club and Marion County Pheasants Forever chapter will educate participants in ring-necked pheasant life history, safety concerns when pheasant hunting, different hunting dog breeds and shotgun proficiency. Upon successful completion of the program participants will have the opportunity to attend a controlled hunt.
Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. Participants must be at least 18 years old. To find out more about the program, including times and locations, or to register for this workshop series contact Jordan Phillips at Jordan.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Think About Fall Fires
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is warning Ohioans to be on the alert for fires during the fall months. This is the time of year when the ground is covered with leaves and other dead plants, which become fuel for wildfires. The department is urging residents to become familiar with local and state burning laws and protecting their own property against fires. Visit forestry.ohiodnr.gov and firewise.org for tips on protecting your home and community.
New Book for Birders
The Cornell Lab has a new book and study course available for anyone interested in ornithology. Included is the Handbook of Bird Biology, 3rd. Edition. For more information, visit birds.cornell.edu.
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