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Missing hunter found

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on August 30, 2016 12:26PM

A missing hunter was found Tuesday morning after two days of searching in Wheeler County.

The 75-year-old man made his way to a nearby ranch where he was found in relatively good health, according to a press release from the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office.

The hunter had a preexisting medical condition that made finding him an urgent matter. The sheriff’s office has not released his name because he is receiving medical treatment.

The search was a collaborative effort between the Crook County Search and Rescue, Grant County Search and Rescue, Wheeler County Fire and Rescue, the Mountain Wave Search and Rescue group, Wheeler County Office of Emergency Management and volunteers from the area. The search involved over 30 people, including those with specially trained dogs as well as helicopter assistance from the Oregon Army National Guard and Lifeflight.

The search began on Sunday morning when the Wheeler County Sheriff’s office received a call of a missing bowhunter. The sheriff’s office encourages those going into the woods to utilizes GPS units, bring brightly colored clothing and be prepared for overnight stay. Additionally having knowledge of the area and letting others know where you are going can be critical.


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