ND hunters, anglers cautioned about ice conditions
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is cautioning hunters to be wary of where they hunt as freeze-up begins.
Officials say North Dakota's small and mid-size waters are starting to freeze, giving the appearance of safe foot travel. But boat and water safety coordinator Nancy Boldt says ice thickness is not yet consistent. She says hunters should be cautious of walking on frozen stock ponds, sloughs, creeks and rivers.
Boldt also cautions hunters to beware of snow-covered ice. She says snow insulates ice, inhibiting solid ice formation, and makes it difficult to check thickness. Snow also hides cracked, weak and open water areas.
Winter anglers also are being encouraged to consider early ice conditions before traveling onto and across North Dakota lakes.