Illinois Hunter Safety Course

 

Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

There is always the possibility that a watercraft used for hunting could capsize. This is why everyone in the boat must wear a Personal Flotation Device. Not only is it legally required, but wearing one could also save your life! There are many styles on the market today.

Type I Offshore Life Jacket

Type II Near-Shore Buoyant Vest

Worn in all water, especially open, rough or remote waters where rescue can be delayed

Worn near shore in calm, inland water where there is a good chance of rescue

Type III Flotation Aid

Type IV Throwable Device

  

  

Worn in calm, inland water where there is a good chance of rescue

Used in calm, inland water where help is present. It is kept onboard to assist anyone who should fall into the water. The type IV PFD is not designed to be worn and thus, is not a substitute for the wearable PFD required for everyone onboard a watercraft.

 

Camouflage Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

There are PFDs designed especially for hunters. They are available in camouflage patterns and a range of styles:

Type III Flotation Aid

Type III Flotation Aid Sportsman Coat

  

  

Worn as a jacket in calm, inland water where there is a good chance of rescue

Worn in calm, inland water where there is a good chance of rescue

Type III Inflatable Flotation Aid

Type III Flotation Aid Sportsman Suit

  

  

Automatically inflates when immersed in water or when the activation cord is pulled. It is used in calm, inland water where there is a good chance of rescue

Worn in calm, inland water where there is a good chance of rescue


 
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