First, make sure you have the right safety equipment. At least the minimum required life jacket per person, and a throwable. I usually bring a spare or two. Signaling devices, cell phone etc.Let someone know where you are going. I too live in Idaho, and cold water and stormy weather are things to be aware of. The best duck hunting sees to be when it's stormy, but remember Jon boats don't do as well as deep v hulls in waves and big open water. Check the forecast. If you are an inexperienced boater, I would go with some guys that have experience at first. Remember you can't swim in waders! My first Jon was a 14 foot with a jet and it was awesome, but not much freeboard when loaded. I now have an 18 foot, but still don't want to be out on the reservoir in 25-40 mph winds, which can gust up pretty quick over here. It should be a good boat for some stretches of the Snake River, but remember its usually shallow, so a lot of people run jets. Before I had a jet, I still went, just have to learn the river and be careful. You might put a device like a River runner skeg protector on it. Have fun and be safe!