Thebes Man Dies While Duck Hunting

A Southern Illinois man has drowned in an icy Kansas Lake while duck hunting.

31-year-old Thomas Hedrick – a soldier stationed at Fort Riley – died Tuesday while duck hunting at Milford Lake.

Hedrick is from Thebes.

Authorities say he went out on a makeshift boat to retrieve a duck shot by his hunting partner from shore. Hedrick stepped onto an ice sheet when the boat began taking on water, then fell through the ice.

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