Potentially Fatal Duck Hunting Incident In Clearwater County Ends In Relief

Potentially Fatal Duck Hunting Incident In Clearwater County Ends In Relief

October 20, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By: Dawson Peterson dawsonrjradio@arvig.net (10/20/20)

Clearwater County, MN — When it comes to hunting, overall safety is always going to be the number one priority. That means gun safety and being aware of your surroundings take precedent especially if you are hunting with others. An incident on Upper Rice Lake in Clearwater County recently occurred when two duck hunters in kayaks were faced with a scary situation when one of the kayaks turned over throwing one of the hunters into the water where he struggled to stay afloat due to the fact that his waiters had quickly filled up with water. Clearwater County Sheriff Darren Halvorson Explains.

The search for the two hunters proved to be difficult because of the poor visibility on the lake due to tall wild rice plants. The hunter who had fallen out of his kayak got wore out and was hanging onto a bag of duck decoys to stay afloat while the other hunter was able to paddle to a good location and call 911 once again. Multiple agencies were on scene and worked together to get the hunters to safety, turning the very scary and dangerous situation into a sigh of relief.

The hunter was safely rescued and brought back to shore after being in the water for about an hour. Sheriff Halvorson says this was just another example of agencies doing a nice job of working together and Halvorson also reminds hunters to always plan for the worst because this situation could have turned out differently.