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Hunter rescued after falling in backcountry

October 24, 2011

From KXLF.com

A hunter was rescued after falling in the Hyalite area south of Bozeman.

At around 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, the Gallatin County Sheriff's Department and members of the Gallatin County Search and Rescue responded to Lick Creek Trailhead where a 63-year-old man was injured while elk hunting, according to a news release from the sheriff's department. The man's hunting companion reported that the man had fallen and possibly broken his ankle about a half-mile from the trailhead.

ATVs were used to locate the man who was stabilized and taken down to the trail. Though the man had been lying on the ground for approximately three hours, he was in good condition, the release states. Search and Rescue personnel transported the man to the trailhead by ATVs where he was driven to town by his hunting companion to seek medical attention.

Gallatin County Sheriff Jim Cashell advises to be prepared with appropriate clothing, food, water and a compass. The two hunters had personal radios which allowed the searchers to speak directly with the victim prior to rescue. Both hunters were commended for hunting as a team, having a plan and following the plan, and having appropriate equipment and clothing for their hunt.

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