Safety reminders during duck hunting season

Two Minnesota duck hunters likely are alive today as a result of good choices they made before and after falling into cold water. In both situations – one in Crow Wing County on Oct. 3, the other in Itasca County on Oct. 11 – hunters found themselves in life-or-death struggles after their duck boats capsized.

The close calls come amid a year in which 15 people to date have died in boating accidents, the highest number in more than a decade. While most boating-related accidents are in the summer, a higher percentage of fatal boating accidents are during the cold water season.

DNR safety officials say anyone who boats during the cold-water season should wear a life jacket, file a float plan so other people know where they’re going and when they plan to return, carry a communications device to call for help, and understand how they can increase their odds of surviving a fall into cold water.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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