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STAYING SAFE THIS WINTER 

&quot:Really, in the wintertime, on the ice, it’s a rule of checks.&quot:

&quot:Check with the locals, check on your gear, check the ice yourself.&quot:

GAME WARDEN JIM FAHEY SAYS THE BLANKET OF SNOW THAT FELL OVER THE HOLIDAYS HAS SLOWED THE FREEZING PROCESS DOWN, AND WHILE SOME LAKES AND PONDS MAY BE OKAY TO TRAVEL ON, SOME MAY NOT BE….

&quot:Some places are better than others, and its tenuous enough where we can’t really say so far, so that’s why we’re would encourage people to check with the local people.&quot:

&quot:That information that’s available locally, that’s so important….I mean, if there’s no tracks on the lake, then there’s probably a reason why…and not to say that every track is safe to follow, but obviously a marked trail, that’s heavily travelled, is a pretty good assumption that that’s a good way to go.&quot:

FAHEY SAYS THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN BRING WITH YOU ON YOUR TRIP, THAT CAN COME IN HANDY IF YOU SHOULD FALL THROUGH THE ICE….

&quot:One is called a throw back…its just a bag of rope…and the idea would be the rescuer would stay on good ice, or on shore, and throw the bag of rope to the person that may have go through, in to the open water.&quot:

OR PICKS OF LIFE….

&quot:When you’re in the water and trying to claw your way back on to the good ice, this sheath comes back and the pick sticks in to the ice, and you’re able to get out of the cold water.&quot:

FAHEY SAYS YOU CAN ALSO MAKE YOUR OWN VERSION OF THESE TOOLS FROM THINGS YOU MAY HAVE LAYING AROUND A CAMP OR SHED….

BUT ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU CAN DO TO KEEP YOURSELF SAFE WHILE OUTDOORS, THIS WINTER…..

&quot:On any trip outdoors, whether its spring, summer, fall or winter, we always recommend that you let someone know where you’re going, when you plan to return….Obviously, when you’re overdue, we know where to start looking. That’s solving most of it, right there.&quot: