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4/25/2013 3:56:00 PM
Duck clubs take a beating in flood
Jeff Dankert
NewsTribune Reporter

Record crests along the Illinois River the past several days flooded duck hunting clubs.

State conservation warden Sgt. Hank Frazier said any structure, duck clubs included, in the floodplain would have been flooded.

“We had a record high crest so they’re all going to be completely flooded,” Frazier said. “As far as the clubhouses, I’m sure some of them got wet. I can tell you that with the record height of the water that we had why, yes, there’s going to be definite duck clubs under water.”

Frank Cattani of Ladd is a member of Green Wing Gun Club in Bureau and Princeton Duck Club in Princeton.

“Anybody in the bottoms that has a duck club has experienced it before and will experience it again,” Cattani said. “It’s nothing new to us.”
Nine men cleaned out Green Wing clubhouse, which is on stilts. In three hours, water came up eight inches.

They opened doors so the clubhouse would not float away, he said.

“All of the grounds got flooded,” Cattani said. “They all pretty much took a beating and it moved duck blinds around and flipped them over.

There definitely will be a lot of work to do once the water goes down. I talked to other ones, some lost heavy equipment, backhoes and bulldozers and trucks. The water came up so fast.”

Jeff Dankert can be reached at (815) 220-6977 or

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