Ice awareness for hunters, anglers
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is urging winter anglers and late-season hunters to use extreme caution when venturing out on ice until the state has experienced a prolonged period of subfreezing temperatures.
Heavy snow and wind accompanying a late November snowstorm over parts of the state are creating slush in many lakes, which is typically not as solid when it freezes, compared to a water surface that freezes under calm conditions with no precipitation.
Ice thickness is never consistent, especially early in winter, and can vary significantly on the same body of water. Edges become firm before the center.