Minnesota Adult Hunter Safety Course


Safety Tips for Walking on Ice

If you've ever experienced winter in Minnesota, you know that it can be a treacherous time of the year. If you are hunting in winter months, you might find yourself in a situation where you will need to cross a frozen lake, pond, or river to continue your hunt or reach your destination. Always follow these safety tips for crossing the ice.

  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Travel and hunt with a buddy who can help rescue you or get help if an emergency occurs.
  • Check the weather. Do not go out on the ice on warm days or if there is possibility of a storm.
  • Check ice conditions before heading out. Local landowners, police officers or snowmobile clubs can inform you on ice conditions. It is recommended to have at least 4 inches of clear ice before a person should walk on it.
  • When walking on the ice, spread out from your buddies to give yourself a wide berth.
  • Always carry an ice staff, rope and a cell phone or other emergency signaling device in case of emergency.
  • Never walk on the ice with a loaded firearm.

SAFETY FIRST! Trust your instincts! If you suddenly feel that the ice is not safe, don't keep going! turn back and find another way across.