Lost hunter in Horicon Marsh

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Lost hunter in Horicon Marsh

Unread postby mike_mc » Thu Nov 22, 2012 5:09 am

http://dodge.fox6now.com/news/news/1552 ... rsh-island

BURNETT (AP) — A hunter who became stranded on an island in the Horicon Marsh has been found safe.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Department says 75-year-old Donald Schlegel was hunting alone on islands in the marsh in the town of Burnett when he was unable to locate his boat. Deputies say the Horicon man had no way of calling for help and no survival equipment, except for a small flashlight.

When Schlegel failed to return home, his family found his empty truck at a boat landing and called authorities.

In steady rain and falling temperatures, deputies spotted the dim light of Schlegel’s flashlight about 8 p.m. Schlegel wasn’t hurt.


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Re: Lost hunter in Horicon Marsh

Unread postby mike_mc » Thu Nov 22, 2012 5:20 am

A couple summers ago I went out to knock down some cattails to make shooting lanes. I think I spent about an hour slogging though the cattails in 95 degree temps looking for the canoe on my way back. Now I make sure to mark it with gps, and drag the canoe in a ways so that I have a trial that leads to the canoe.
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Re: Lost hunter in Horicon Marsh

Unread postby backstraps » Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:41 am

Thank God he was found safe and unharmed. Had to be terrifying for him and his family

Thanksgiving at his home place will surely be a happy one.

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Re: Lost hunter in Horicon Marsh

Unread postby dan » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:26 am

Glad it ended well... I always worry about someone untieing my boat while im away from it.
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Re: Lost hunter in Horicon Marsh

Unread postby headgear » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:55 am

I've misplaced my canoe a time or two, so easy in the dark.
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Re: Lost hunter in Horicon Marsh

Unread postby Swampthing » Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:41 am

That gonna been nasty , glad it turned out o.k.
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Re: Lost hunter in Horicon Marsh

Unread postby Jackson Marsh » Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:59 am

I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often. It is easy to get turned around in the cattails in the dark. Alwsys a good idea to carry a GPS and a compass.

Glad he is okay. I hope I can hunt the islands when I'm in my 70's. It is not easy.

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Re: Lost hunter in Horicon Marsh

Unread postby whitetail007 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:13 pm

this year i hunted a new marsh, first time setting foot on this ground and i walked way back in before finding good sign to hunt. getting out after dark took me hours without compass or GPS. glad he made it out OK.
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Re: Lost hunter in Horicon Marsh

Unread postby Buckfever » Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:08 am

I've always wanted to hunt Horicon it's just a little far for me. Anyone know how the pressure is there?
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Re: Lost hunter in Horicon Marsh

Unread postby seeds » Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:08 am

Years ago I got lost in a white-out on a 10,000 lake. Three and a half hours,on foot. it lifted as it was getting dark.... The forecast for light flurries turned into big heavy wet flakes. I was soaked from the outside-in from the snow,and from the inside-out from sweat.

Kind'a scary. I bought my first GPS the next day. I keep a cheap etrex (bought used for $40) in my hunting backpack. My icefishing gear has at least one GPS and spare batteries, as well as a compass....I'm in good shape and not quite 50. At his age he must have really been worrying. Family too.
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Re: Lost hunter in Horicon Marsh

Unread postby MN Legacy » Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:18 am

I'm glad the guy wasn't hurt. Yeap in some of that public land stuff it's easy to get lost. Especially when you have to walk in 6 ft hight cain.


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