A hunter who was missing for four days has been found safe in the "swampy" Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota.
During those four days, the 57-year-old South St. Paul man had to deal with temperatures ranging from a humid 82 degrees to a chilly 37 degrees, and also a "significant" amount of rain, the Cass County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
The hunter's family reported him missing on Monday after they hadn't heard from him since Thursday, Sept. 21. Deputies searched near his hunting camp near rural Boy Lake Township on Monday, but couldn't find him.
They continued search efforts on Tuesday, when they found him in "an extremely difficult to access wet, swampy area" in the Chippewa National Forest.
The hunter was taken to the hospital for evaluation. His condition isn't known.
No other details about the hunter have been released.
GoMN has reached out to the sheriff's office for more information.
This man was the third hunter in northern Minnesota this month to be rescued after having gone missing, KBJR 6 reports.
Safety tips during hunting season
This incident has the sheriff's office reminding hunters to take safety precautions before heading out into the woods, especially during the fall when temperatures can be hot one day, but freezing the next.
Here are some tips from the Minnesota DNR:
– Have a detailed map of where you're hunting. Review it before you go, and keep it with you when you're hunting.
– Carry a compass – and know how to use it. And be sure to know which direction to head if you get lost or disoriented.
– Since weather can change so quickly, be sure to always carry a survival kit that contains a rope, knife, water, waterproof matches, an emergency shelter and first aid supplies. This will help you be prepared in case you have to spend the night in the field unexpectedly.
– If you're boating, make sure to have a life jacket.
– If you're hunting from a stand, make sure to have a fall restraint device.
– Always tell someone where you're going and when you'll return home.
The DNR also has education classes for new hunters and those who are more experienced. You can find more information on those here.