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Early Winter Leaves Potential Risky Terrain, Waterway Conditions for Gun Deer Hunters

Early ice forming is creating a mixed bag of treacherous landscape and waterway conditions for hunters heading out to enjoy the nine-day gun deer season.  - Photo credit: Savannah Ernzen, DNR
Early ice forming is creating a mixed bag of treacherous landscape and waterway conditions for hunters heading out to enjoy the nine-day gun deer season. Photo credit: Savannah Ernzen, DNR

Contact(s): Todd Schaller, Chief Warden, 608-381-8927, Todd.Schaller@wisconsin.gov
November 19, 2019

MADISON, Wis. - Winter strong-armed its way into Wisconsin's autumn, leaving a mixed bag of treacherous landscape and waterway conditions for hunters heading out to enjoy the nine-day gun deer season Opening Weekend, Nov. 23-24.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Chief Conservation Warden Todd Schaller said hunters are known to like a bit of snowfall to help with seeing and tracking deer. "However, the ground is saturated statewide, leaving wet conditions and ice forming on ponds, lakes, streams," Schaller said.

The result is a possibility of walking into a marsh or a swamp that has an ice cover concealed by the snow. "The hunter will not know until that first step and the ice breaks, possibly causing a fall into the water with the firearm," Schaller said. "The marsh or swamp that the hunter believes is usually a certain depth may be quite a bit deeper due to the saturated conditions. If a hunter falls into deeper water, the next danger is the onset of hypothermia."

Schaller urges hunters to check the hunting area this week before the gun deer starts. "No one needs the surprise of a sudden fall into deep water or a slip on icy mud. What you thought is normal is not normal this year," he said.

Here are more easy-to-follow ice safety tips:

Last Revised: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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