Nov 19, 2011 8:12 PM by Robin O'Day (KPAX News)
MISSOULA- A Missoula hunter found himself stranded in the Welcome Wilderness area as the first real winter weather moved across the area, but thanks to the Missoula County Search and Rescue, the man is now safe and sound.
Missoula County Search and Rescue Coordinator David Ball says they received a call Saturday afternoon. The hunter had driven the high country, half way between Rock Creek and Eight Mile, and set up camp over a week ago.
The man was ready to come back home on Thursday but found himself stranded in knee-deep snow.
The hunter did have a cell phone and contacted his family, but they were unable to get to him with all the snow, so he decided to walk 7,000 feet down from his camp.
The man was about halfway down when he asked his family to phone for help. Search and Rescue helped the man down and they say he is doing fine.
Ball says the incident serves as a good reminder for hunters to check the extended forecast before heading into the backcountry.