Man found safe after going missing while bear hunting in Boundary Waters

His hunting partner reported him missing.
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A man was found safe in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness after going missing while bear hunting.

The 64-year-old was reported missing on Monday evening by his hunting partner at a remote campsite on Clark lake, northwest of Burntside Lake in. Ely.

It sparked a search that ended just after 1 a.m. Tuesday when he was found by a helicopter after he had made a fire by the shore of nearby Battle Lake.

His partner told searchers the 64-year-old said he had a sore knee as they walked on a trail path, and had sat down for a rest. 

The partner continued to walk down the path a ways and then returned, only to find him missing.

The search effort involved boats and a team that hiked trails in the area. He was eventually found 1.5 miles from where his partner had lost him.

St. Louis County Rescue Squad members then hiked through "rough terrain" to locate him, finding him with no injuries and in goof health.

Due to the terrain, they remained on the lake until daybreak, and were then flown out by a U.S. Forest Service beaver plane.

He was returned to the Clark Lake campsite and reunited with his partner, so they can continue their hunting trip.

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