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Elderly deer hunter rescued from island in Horicon Marsh

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DODGE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - An elderly deer hunter is okay, after he got stranded on an island in the Horicon Marsh.

Dodge County authorities said 75-year-old Donald Schlegel of Horicon was hunting alone on marsh property in the town of Burnett, when he lost track of his boat.

Officials said he had no way of calling for help – and except for a small flashlight, he was not carrying any survival equipment.

His family was looking for him Monday evening when they found his truck at a boat landing, and they called for help.

Deputies managed to see Schlegel’s dim flashlight during a steady rain – and they finally found him safe, just as the temperatures were about to fall. 

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