On Sunday, a call came into Clark County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center at 5:51 p.m. about a missing hunter. A father and son were hunting separately in Clark County’s public hunting grounds near HWY 10. The father returned after dark to pick up his son, who could not be found.
Clark County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene after officers were able to identify the legitimacy of the missing person report. Due to the size of the 143,000 acre forest, a ground search was ruled out as part of their initial search efforts and air support was called in.
Life Link III, a medical helicopter out of Marshfield, responded and within 15 minutes of being on scene, they spotted a hunter walking half a mile away.
Patrol Captain Charles Ramberg said, “I want to thank Life Link III for their continued help and support. This is the second successful search and rescue in the last 6 months.” This July, a woman was found near her home after family arriving to take her to a doctor’s appointment found the house empty.
The missing hunter was found to be in good condition and was reunited with his family shortly before 9 p.m. Life Link III assisted the search and rescue team and Warden in making their way out of the woods.
The sheriff’s department encourages hunters to carry food supplies, a compass, GPS, communication device, and additional clothing or coverings.