Waterfowl Hunters Should Use Extra Caution On The Ohio River in Kentucky, Due To High Water Levels

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Waterfowl hunters should use extra caution on the Ohio River due to swift current and high water levels.

Kentucky’s season for Canada geese opened Nov. 23. Duck season opens on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24.

Recent heavy rains have increased the water volume flowing along the Ohio River basin. "Hunters need to use a great deal of caution due to the swift current," said Myra Minton, acting assistant director of law enforcement for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "They should be aware of conditions on the river and be prepared for it."

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Capt. Mike Fields said waterfowl hunters should put on their life preservers (personal floatation devices) before they climb into their boats. "With this high water, hunters shouldn't be surprised if areas accessible in low water are no longer available," he said. "Some boat launching ramps may no longer be accessible as well."

Hunters should make sure their boat motors are in good working condition before putting their craft into the water. Hunters also should be careful not to overload their boats, as the boat's listed capacity can be exceeded with too much gear and too many people in the boat. It is also a good idea for hunters to let someone know where they are going and how long they expect to be gone. Keeping a cell phone secured in a waterproof container in a coat pocket is a good practice.

"Hunting is a safe activity when people are aware of their surroundings and don't try to exceed their capabilities," Fields said. "We want to remind people that boating safely goes hand-in-hand with hunting safely."


Retired2hunt's picture

  Definitelfy a worth while


Definitelfy a worth while caution to the hunters of the Ohio river - both sides - Kentucky and Ohio here.  The major rains these two states had last week have definitely had an adverse affect on that river... as well as any hunting leading up to these seasons.  Hypothermia can happen real quick and is definitely a risk to be aware of.  I used to be one of those hunters that had the PFD in the boat nearby but not physically strapped on to me.  That changed one day when I learned of a guy I knew who fell overboard in Lake Erie.  He did not have a PFD strapped on.  They found him two days later.  Take heed waterfowl hunters and wear your PFD.


hunter25's picture

This is a good warning and

This is a good warning and one you don't think about much. I have only hunted geese a few times but one of them was a walk across the Colorado river in the dark with a bag of decoys when it wqas ten below outside. Very scary as I knew if I slipped there was no gettin out of it alive. I was with a friend and following him but made it pretty clear I wanted no part pf that experience again once it was over.