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Old 01-04-2016, 11:37 AM
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This happened very close to where I hunt; and I was indeed hunting when this happened. I was fortunately not out on the lake. I chose to stay dry and field hunt, but I will say that even driving during these conditions was very hazardous.

Always respect the water and conditions. These guys capsized their boat in less than 5 feet of water.
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Old 01-04-2016, 11:51 AM
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Reports are they found his body.

The second one.
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Old 01-04-2016, 11:56 AM
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I hear they just found it today. He made it to the edge and up the bank before hypothermia got him.

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Sad indeed. My wife's doctor was involved in a similar thing a couple years ago. He survived (barely) but his partners drowned. They were also duck hunting in really crappy conditions, which seem to be the ideal conditions for duck hunting. RIP
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I can tell you from first hand experience that you sink to your crotch in the silt in that area. Moving 100 yards without a boat is a feat of endurance in the best of conditions. I can't imagine being out there in the dark, 30 degrees, wind gusting 45 while freezing rain hits you in the face. It was miserable enough setting up on dry ground at that time.
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Sorry for asking this question but how did the dog survive?
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They found the dog near the first body. I'm assuming the first guy made it to higher ground but still out in the middle of the lake and Strickland went for help back at the ramp. Plus dogs are just a hell of a lot tougher than we are when it comes to those conditions.

The lake is about a mile wide in that area with one river channel and the rest mud flats. Other than the channel, it's mostly 5ft deep or less in that arm of the lake. Most people run mud motors out there. I'm not sure what kind of boat these guys had.
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We had weather like that many years ago in the Saginaw Bay area. I was hunting a flooded corn field (2' of water) and having trouble wading and pulling the rowboat I used to float the decoys out to my blind. I remember wondering what the Bay waters must be like in that wind.

That night I learned that a duck hunter I knew and 3 of his friends went hunting on the Bay in his new "unsinkable, capsize-proof" Outlaw duck boat. It was the maiden voyage for the boat. They all drowned when the boat capsized.
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That sounds awful.

I'll stick to sailfishing in 20 knots of wind and 70 degree temps.

RIP, gents.
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Happens every single year. Younger kids (and older too) risk life in the smallest of boats, in the nastiest of weather, at the coldest time of the year just to kill a few ducks.

I've been there too. Almost lost my own life in a small body of water called the Chesapeake Bay on a place called Bloodsworth Island.
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Originally Posted by chrisrack View Post
Happens every single year. Younger kids (and older too) risk life in the smallest of boats, in the nastiest of weather, at the coldest time of the year just to kill a few ducks.

I've been there too. Almost lost my own life in a small body of water called the Chesapeake Bay on a place called Bloodsworth Island.
Very true. I've got a "14' boat, taking on water, in 30 degrees and howling wind" story too. I'm sure many of us do.
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I can't imagine being on any water in a small boat when the wind is blowing 45
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Originally Posted by bayfisher92 View Post
Sorry for asking this question but how did the dog survive?
Labs were literally bred to go retrieve ducks in freezing cold water. Mine works in the water every week and I can only remember a handful of days where I had to stop him early because he was getting cold.
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Originally Posted by ryan darrow View Post
Very true. I've got a "14' boat, taking on water, in 30 degrees and howling wind" story too. I'm sure many of us do.
"There but for the grace of God go I"
14' Sportspal on presque Isle bay late december chasing crippled blue bills..

Horrible chain of events for these guys.. RIP.
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I'm always amazed at what people will risk to go hunting or fishing. Several years back we had 4 or 5 men die and all were over the age 60 heading out in the Chesapeake Bay with winds hitting 40 mph with wind chills near zero. They attempted this in an over loaded tracker boat which I saw them in the prior day.
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Originally Posted by fishingfun View Post
I'm always amazed at what people will risk to go hunting or fishing. Several years back we had 4 or 5 men die and all were over the age 60 heading out in the Chesapeake Bay with winds hitting 40 mph with wind chills near zero. They attempted this in an over loaded tracker boat which I saw them in the prior day.
Some people just don't know the risk. But something like this happens every now and then and is a good reminder.
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Originally Posted by chrisrack View Post
Happens every single year. Younger kids (and older too) risk life in the smallest of boats, in the nastiest of weather, at the coldest time of the year just to kill a few ducks.

I've been there too. Almost lost my own life in a small body of water called the Chesapeake Bay on a place called Bloodsworth Island.
bloodsworth, smith, south marsh....All islands with killer duck hunting. Only gotta cross 9 miles of open water in January to get there.
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