Deer hunters warned to be aware of early ice

Photo Courtesy: North Dakota Game and Fish Department

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's deer gun season opens this Friday and the Game and Fish Department is warning people to be cautious of early ice.

Although the ice may look safe, the thickness of the ice can change due to the current, migratory birds sitting on the water, and vegetation throughout the body of water.

"It's just really important early in the year to make sure that you're checking that as you go out. Don't just trust because you see someone else go out there," said Brian Schaffer, Boat and Water Safety coordinator.

Schaffer recommends people to bring a chizzle or an ogger to test the ice as they go.