(WABASH) - Indiana Conservation Officers with assistance from the Wabash County Sheriff's Department rescued a lost hunter Monday at Mississinewa Reservoir west of the Red Bridge State Recreation Area.
Jeremy Dunn, 33, of Kokomo arrived at 6 a.m. to deer hunt in an area of the reservoir he was unfamiliar with.
Dunn attempted to locate a tree to place his deer stand in, but was unable to find a suitable tree in the dark. Dunn veered off the trail he came in on and became disoriented and was unable to find the trail again in the thick woods and brush.
At 7:45 a.m. Dunn called 911 and advised the dispatcher that he was lost and needed help.
He was told to make his way to the waters edge and stay there; emergency personnel were on their way.
Several sheriff's deputies responded and began a ground search for Dunn, but due to the thick brush and rough terrain, were unable to make it to him.
Indiana Conservation Officer Cpl. Josh Kilgore and Wabash County Sheriff's Department detective Mike Davis launched a patrol boat to attempt to locate Dunn.
Dunn was located some time later by officers Kilgore and Davis. Dunn was then transported back to his vehicle and did not require any medical attention.
Indiana Conservation Officers encourage hunters to always take a cell phone with them when afield just as Mr. Dunn did. Hunters should also carry a Global Positioning System (GPS) device or buy a smartphone that has GPS on it and become familiar with how it works. Phones and GPS devices, being battery powered may not function properly however.
Familiarizing yourself with your hunting area and map reading skills are essential as well for a safe hunt.
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