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Waterfowl Hunters and Others Asked to Take Caution as Water Levels Rise

Contact(s): Todd Schaller, DNR chief warden, 608-381-8927, Todd.Schaller@wisconsin.gov
October 4, 2019 at 4:36:14 pm

Fast Currents and Floating Debris Result in Hazardous Conditions Following Recent Storms

Loose cattail mats have caused some hunters to become stranded in recent days on Horicon Marsh. - Photo credit: DNR
Loose cattail mats have caused some hunters to become stranded in recent days on Horicon Marsh.Photo credit: DNR

MADISON, Wis. - Following recent storms, water levels have degraded the safety conditions on many public hunting grounds and waterways around the state. The Department of Natural Resources advises waterfowl hunters as well as anglers and boaters to take additional safety precautions while afield.

"Currents are running fast in unexpected places. Anyone heading into the water should wear a life jacket and watch for floating debris," said DNR chief warden Todd Schaller. "It's important to remember to stay within your ability and equipment limits and to avoid strong current areas."

Hunters and others advised to take precautions, consider safety when making plans to go afield in low lying areas. - Photo credit: DNR
Hunters and others advised to take precautions, consider safety when making plans to go afield in low lying areas.Photo credit: DNR

DNR properties across the state are experiencing unusually high water levels. Loose cattail mats have rapidly changed marsh topography, stranding some hunters in the field. Conservation wardens have responded to distress calls from hunters stranded on the water as flood stage conditions worsen.

DNR staff members are working to remove blockages and control water flow where possible, and the department expects water levels to remain high for many days to weeks following recent storms.



Last Revised: Friday, October 04, 2019

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