The guns are sighted in, trucks packed up and hunters are dressed in blaze orange, but are their hearts ready for the hunt?
Dr. Wallace Radtke/Sanford Health: "Just because you are in good shape doesn't mean you are in good health."
Sanford Health Cardiologist, Dr. Wallace Radtke is a hunter himself. He has been hunting since he was a kid. He stays in shape year-round, but he knows a lot of hunters don't and that can cause big problems in the field.
Dr. Radtke: "A lot of times, men particularly, want to tough it out and show they can work right through it."
Dr. Radtke says hunters need to be aware of the warning signs of a heart attack. He says if you feel chest discomfort or tightness, you need to stop what you are doing. He says if it doesn't go away, you need to go to the closest hospital, right away.
Dr. Radtke says there are 4 things to remember while hunting, especially if you're not in the best shape: (1) Go slow, (2) Hunt on an empty stomach or at least don't eat a huge meal before you go out, (3) Pay attention to the symptoms, (4) Rest. Take a break when needed.
Dr. Radtke says moderation is key. He wants hunters to have fun without landing in the hospital.
Minnesota's deer gun season opened last weekend. North Dakota's deer gun season opens on Friday (11/9).
The Beltrami County Sheriff's office says a 66-year-old man died from a heart attack during Minnesota's opening weekend, this year.
Friends found William Spielmann having trouble in his deer stand Sunday afternoon.
He was dead when deputies arrived about 15 minutes later.
Spielmann was from Maple Lake, Minnesota.