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Duck hunting involved icebreaking in the early-morning darkness. The hard part was breaking the ice with the paddles. Photo submitted

Woodland Trails: Duck hunting on icy pond

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We never planned to drive an icebreaker in the early-morning darkness. The hard part was breaking the ice with the paddles. But with effort and determination the paddles broke through the ice enough so we could propel the small duck boat, a 13-foot Carstens Pintail, forward to the other end of the lake. The sound was impressive. A crushing, cracking ice breaker eruption that sounded more like an explosion than anything else.

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