(Bozeman, Mont.) Search and Rescue Crews were successful on opening day of hunting season near Red Mountain in Northern Gallatin County. A 62 year old Kalispell man became separated from his four Gallatin County hunting partners about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The hunting party made efforts to find him until about 9:00 p.m. then they came back to Bozeman and at 11:30 p.m. notified the Sheriff’s Office. SAR teams led by the Sheriff’s Office searched the area on both side of mountain. Summit Air Ambulance using advanced night vision equipment with SAR members on board located the hunter near the south fork. He had built a fire and the team was able to land a short distance away. He was lost but unharmed and given a ride to his truck.
Sheriff Gootkin stated that there are still many areas of Gallatin County where there is no cell phone coverage. He recommends that back country users be prepared with good old fashioned map and compass as well as supplies like fire starter, extra food and water. In this case it turned out well. In this country sometimes bad things happen to regular people and when that happens we are glad to have the high quality and dedication of our SAR volunteers. #####