Missing hunter found due to survival skills

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Mesa County Search and Rescue tracked down a missing hunter on the Uncompahgre Plateau Wednesday.

“A hunter was lost, a couple went hunting, he shot an elk, and they got separated," said Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team Member, Doug Sieckert.

She was out in the woods overnight.

“She didn’t move, she stayed in one spot. That is what we tell all people to do. If you get lost, stay there," Sieckert said.

Search and Rescue says this is a textbook example of why staying where you are is important if you are lost.

“She walked out, and she was in good condition. So, yeah. It was a good outcome of somebody being lost," Sieckert said.

Jerry Stehman from Jerry's Outdoor Sports says he's been lost before too.

"I got lost once when I was pretty young. And I'll tell you what, it made quite the impression on me," Stehman said.

He also says you have to be smart out in the woods.

"If you get turned around the best thing you can do, especially if it's getting dark is just, sit down," Stehman said.

But its good to have some gear with you just in case.

"I always have matches, you know, maybe some fire starter in my pack, knives," Stehman said.

And he sympathizes with those that get lost.

"Just the thoughts going through your head of thinking, 'hey, am I going to spend the night out here?' Am I prepared?" Stehman said.



 
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