Boat Lights

Discussion in 'Waterfowl Hunting' started by hunterb, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. hunterb

    hunterb Well-Known Member

    Hey guys, im curious...why is it that on all public waterways a boat is required to have a red/green front light and a clear one in the back, but I cant recall ever seeing a duck boat with anything but a spotlight??:head: Im not trying to say one is legal and one aint. I spend alot of the year in a bass boat and always run my lights when its dark, but if im duck huntin we just use a spotlight. I know how sensitive yall can be on here about legal matters :cool: so im not trying to step on anyones feet. Just an honest question.
  2. NaturalStateNative

    NaturalStateNative Well-Known Member

    There is a lot of gray area, but, you are supposed to run nav lights on a "navigable" waterway. i.e. the Arkansas river, Saline river, etc. Bayou meto is apparently not considered navigable bc you wont see a red and green there. If you do that means they are from minnesota :fit:

  3. hunterb

    hunterb Well-Known Member

    Thats kinda what I thought. Went to Arkansas River @ Willow Beach the other day and saw at least 15 duck boats with no running lights. That is what got me thinking.
  4. Black OpsThe legend

    Black OpsThe legend Member<br>Forum Sponsor<br>www.blackopsduckcalls.c

    I may be wrong but I think if it's under a 16 foot boat they arent required in certain situations
  5. NaturalStateNative

    NaturalStateNative Well-Known Member

    I don't have them on my boat yet and i still hunt the river since it's right down the road. Maybe that's one thing that the agfc isnt foaming at the mouth to bust you over. :shrug:
  6. 4hunting

    4hunting Well-Known Member

    You right about the G&F, not a big deal to them for the most part, but don't get checked by a Fed on waters they have juristiction over and not have all the bells & whistles one is suppose to have, a ticket is for sure.
  7. OughtSix

    OughtSix Super Member<br>2010-11 Bow Hunting Contest Winner

    If you can't seem my spotlight, you aren't gonna see my little red and green light...:rolleyes:
  8. salinebeast

    salinebeast Well-Known Member

    You are required to use your running lights on all federal waters and Navigable Waterways. Saline River is not a navigable waterway but I would still want to run my lights when on it just for safety sake.
  9. TyKyt

    TyKyt Well-Known Member

    I got a good chewing one year when bowfishing out of a 1548 for not having lights other than the spotlight and all four of the shooting lights...that was on a lake tho.
  10. Dago

    Dago Member

    Traditional boat lights are required only on federally controlled waters (navigable rivers, lakes, etc.) On other waterways Arkansas law is . . .

    "When in operation during hours of darkness on state-controlled waters, a motorboat's lighting shall be sufficient to make the motorboat's presence and location known to any and all other vessels within a reasonable distance."