FOND DU LAC — A deer hunter whose kayak capsized Saturday morning in an eastern Wisconsin wildlife area was rescued after spending about an hour in icy waters.
Authorities say the 27-year-old man from Waupaca was being treated at a hospital for hypothermia after Lamartine firefighters used an inflatable rescue sled to pull him from the Fond du Lac River north of the Mascoutin Valley State Park Trail. His condition is not known, but he was able to give details to law enforcement.
The man said he was attempting to paddle upstream and was going over a patch of ice when it broke away and caused him to capsize. He began walking toward the trail bridge, about 100 yards away. Once he realized the difficulty of prodding through knee- to waist-deep icy waters, he called 911.
The man remained in contact with dispatch until Fond du Lac County sheriff's deputies arrived on scene. The deputies attempted to utilize their inflatable motorized boat, but were unsuccessful due to the ice and shallow water.
Photos: The 2020 Wisconsin deer season opener
A deer hunter appears to be napping shortly before noon Saturday on the edge of a field with southern exposure along Highway B in rural Sauk County. More deer hunters were expected to take part in this year's nine-day gun deer season as license sales are 9.5% over 2019. Near-perfect weather also allowed for comfort while hunting and for those who chose to snooze.
Zane Natzke of Prem Meats in Spring Green prepares a deer Saturday to be offloaded from a truck and into the meat market's processing area.
Deer harvested on opening day of the 2020 gun deer season wait to be processed Saturday at Prem Meats in Spring Green.
Zane Natzke, a self-described "deer valet" at Prem Meats in Spring Green, helps ready a deer shot by Brandon Miess, 14, right, of Avoca. Brandon was with his mother, Kelly Miess, left.
Zane Natzke drags a deer from a pickup truck as Kelly Miess of Avoca looks on. Her son, Brandon Miess, 14, shot the eight point buck Saturday morning.
Mike Watt of Dodgeville shot an eight point buck Saturday and brought it to Prem Meats in Spring green to be processed.
Marty Prem, co-owner of Prem Meats in Spring Green, works on processing one of the many deer that were dropped off Saturday at the Spring Green meat market.
An oak tree helps frame a deer blind in a farm field along Rustic Road 110 in the town of West Point between Lodi and Prairie du Sac.
A hunter dressed in blaze orange is visible walking on the edge of a farm field along Highway 60 in Columbia County Saturday morning.
A deer hunter walks along the edge of a field along Highway 60 between Lodi and Prairie du Sac on the opening morning of the nine-day gun deer season.
An elevated deer stand is situated on the edge of a corn field in rural Sauk County.
The blaze orange of a deer hunter stands out through the window of this elevated deer blind along Highway B just west of Highway 60 between Sauk City and Plain.
A deer hunter appears to be napping Saturday on the edge of a field along Highway B in Sauk County.
A utility terrain vehicle loaded with an 11 point buck makes its way along Van Ness Road from the woods of rural Columbia County to the home of Paul Merline, who shot the deer shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday.
Paul Merline prepares to unload an 11-point buck from his UTV Saturday at his home in rural Columbia County.
Paul Merline shot this dear near his rural Columbia County home on Saturday. He hung it in his storage shed to prepare it for processing.
Paul Merline, right, bagged an 11-point buck on opening day of the nine-day gun deer season on Saturday. He was hunting on land near his town of West Point home in rural Columbia County with his brother-in-law, Bob Lee, a retired warden with the state Department of Natural Resources. Merline and Lee hung the deer in Merline's garage as they prepared to process the animal.
Paul Merline, right, looks over his deer and speaks with his neighbor, Tyler Miller, who lives on a 700 acre farm but did not see a deer Saturday morning.
Ed Schwark Jr, left, and his father Ed Schwark Sr., drag a deer to the processing door at Straka Meats in Plain.
Ed Schwark Jr., 15, and his dad, Ed Schwark Sr., of Wisconsin Dells, fill out paperwork as they drop off Ed Jr.'s first buck, an eight-pointer, at Straka Meats in Plain. The Schwarks were hunting near Wisconsin Dells where Schwark Jr. used a shot from 180 yards away to drop the deer.
Andrew Farrell, left, and his father, Brian Farrell, look on as Ryan Farrell gets the readout on the weight of an eight point buck shot by Brian Farrell. The deer weighed in at 140 pounds with a 16 inch wide rack.
Brian Farrell, of Middleton, tells the story of how he shot an eight-point buck Saturday morning near Plain.
Cousins Ryan Farrell, left, and Andrew Farrell use a measuring stick to get the width of the rack of an eight-point buck shot by Ryan's father, Brian Farrell, of Middleton. The trio were hunting just south of Plain Saturday morning and were entering the deer into the I-Diehl Tap's big buck contest.