Flood waters wreak havoc on southern Illinois duck hunting

OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. (AP) — Recent flood waters have wreaked havoc on duck hunting in parts of southern Illinois. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner issued disaster declarations for more than 20 counties in Illinois after flooding in the last month. Waters have started to subside. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports flood waters from the Mississippi River led to a decision to suspend the rest of the controlled duck hunt at Horseshoe Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area. Site superintendent Joey Thurston says it’s “disheartening” to see water “on everything you manage.” High water also affected hunting at the Union County Refuge. It also created issues at Mermet Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, but didn’t interrupt hunting. Duck season in Illinois’ South Zone for waterfowl hunting ends Jan. 24.