Indiana DNR officials report that a 69 year-old North Judson man is ok after finding himself stuck up to his chest in thick muck while attempting to retrieve a downed goose from a Starke County Swamp.
After trying to help him for an hour, his elderly hunting partner called 911. An Indiana Conservation Officer responded from Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area and deployed a kayak upon arrival. After evaluating the situation, the officer used a knife to reach into the muck and cut the waders from the hunter. After cutting the waders, the officer was able to pull the man into a row boat.
Bass Lake Fire Department and Starke County EMS arrived on scene and checked the man over, determining he did not need any immediate treatment.
Indiana Conservation Officers remind hunters to never hunt alone and always let someone know where you're hunting and when you plan to be home.