Hunter Found in Swamp after Missing for Days in Chippewa Forest

Chippewa National Forest Photo: Google Maps
Chippewa National Forest

September 27, 2017 11:43 AM

A hunter was found after he was missing for days in Chippewa National Forest.

Authorities were alerted Monday afternoon of a missing hunter in a remote location in Boy Lake Township, which is north of Remer. His family had not heard from him since Thursday, Sept. 21. 


The Cass County Sheriff's Office reports the hunter was found in "an extremely difficult to access wet swampy area" after a two-day search. The temperatures during the time he was missing ranged from 37 degrees overnight and 82 degrees with "very high humidity."

The hunter was taken to Deer River Hospital for evaluation. His name has not yet been released.

It was the third hunter rescue in a week in the Minnesota-Wisconsin area.

The Pine County Sheriff's Office rescued a man on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin on Thursday. He was found and rescued by helicopter after a two-day search of the area.

An 83-year-old man who lost his way while hunting on West Fork on the Chippewa River in Sawyer County, Wisconsin, was found safe Saturday night. Authorities found him after a search by air boat and on the road. He was found in "good condition."

The DNR and Cass County Sheriff's office issued the following safety recommendations for hunters

  • Get a detailed map of the area you are hunting, review it before you leave and carry it with you in the field. 
  • Carry a compass and know how to use it. Decide ahead of time the direction to head for if you get lost or disoriented.
  • Weather can change quickly in Minnesota, so hunters should carry a simple survival kit and be prepared for an unexpected overnight stay in the field. The survival kit should contain a rope, knife, water, waterproof matches, an emergency shelter and first aid supplies.
  • If you are on the water, make sure to wear a life vest.
  • Know your hunting partners' physical and emotional limitations, as well as your own, and don’t push your partners or yourself beyond those limits.
  • If hunting from an elevated stand use a Fall Restraint Device.
  • Always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.


Theresa Malloy

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