Two years ago yesterday we lost a young hunting buddy that was like a nephew to us, he was the son of the man that got us started waterfowl hunting - it was a prime hunting day, snowing, windy, cold and he was hunting with his cousins, their boat capsized and he drowned. Help arrived quickly enough in the form of some fellow hunters that heard them yelling as the boat went down that if he had been wearing a life jacket he would probably still be with us today - the other three guys survived the accident. Our loss is nothing compared to his family's loss but we still miss him and wish he was with us to hunt. Keep yourself safe, wear a life jacket - I have a friend in search a rescue that told me that when you go under in cold water you only come back up once and if you swallow any of that cold water the first time down you can be unconscious in under thirty seconds so the ability to swim almost becomes a non-issue, add waders and other warm clothing to the equation and the odds start stacking up against you - a life jacket is just that - a life jacket. Wear one.