Overnight Stay No Treat for Two Hunters

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For Immediate Release 10-31-11 at 5:07 p.m.

(Bozeman) – Gallatin County Search and Rescue personnel were able to locate a pair of hunters this morning after the two spent a chilly night on the west side of the Bridger Mountains.

 According to Incident Commander Deputy Mark Hernandez of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, the hunters, a father and son from Park County, began their hunting trip Sunday when they hiked the Fairy Lake trailhead and over Sacajawea Peak. The two hunters were looking to fill a mountain goat tag.

 After successfully killing their game, the two dressed the animal out and began packing portions of the carcass out.  Instead of traveling back over Sacajawea Peak (east), the pair attempted to hike downhill (west), toward Bozeman.  Their assumption that going downhill would be easier tuned out to be wrong.  The hike turned out to be much tougher and disorienting than they thought and when it got dark the hunters stopped, made a campfire and called their families to let them know they were lost and where they thought they were. Then their cell phone died. 

 Search and Rescue units were dispatched to the area after 11:00 o’clock when the families called 9-1-1.  Last night’s search was unsuccessful, but an early helicopter recon flight by searchers this morning located the hunters in Dry Canyon, about two miles east of Springhill Community Road.

 Other than having to spend a long night under a goat skin, both hunters were uninjured.

 “Once again we remind hunters to be prepared,” says Deputy Hernandez.  “A day trip can turn into a back country overnight stay very quickly.  We urge hunters to take extra clothing, fire-making supplies, a first aid kit, a charged cell phone, extra food and extra water.”

 Hernandez adds, “When these two hunters realized they were faced with a night in the woods, they did the right thing.  They let someone know, they stayed put and they built a fire. They may have lost some sleep, we got them home safe and sound.”



On October 23, 2011, Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Stacey’s Bar at 300 Mill Road in Gallatin Gateway for a report of an assault that occurred early Sunday morning. A 32-year-old male was stabbed several times outside the bar. The male was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting that anyone having information regarding this incident to contact the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 582-2100 #2, or Headwaters Crimestoppers tip line at 586-1131 with any information. Callers may remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward.

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On October 23, 2011, at approximately 1:40 p.m., the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Search and Rescue, Gallatin Gateway Rural Fire and AMR responded to a report of a injured hiker approximately one mile up the Cottonwood Canyon Trailhead.

An adult female slipped on a log and fell injuring her ankle and calf. The hiker was unable to walk. Rescuers responded to help assist the hiker down the trail.

Lick Creek Backcountry Rescue

On Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 10:07 a.m. the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Gallatin County Search and Rescue responded to Lick Creek Trailhead in the Hyalite area south of Bozeman for a back country rescue. A 63 year-old man was injured while elk hunting. His hunting companion flagged down a passing motorist on Hyalite Canyon road and reported his companion had fallen and possibly broken his ankle about a half-mile up the canyon from Lick Creek Trailhead. The motorist in turn contacted dispatch personnel by calling 911 on their cell phone.

Search and Rescue volunteers, the victim’s hunting companion and a member of American Medical Response used all terrain vehicles to approach the area and found the man with the help of his hunting companion. The man was stabilized and taken down to the ATV trail using ropes and a litter. Though the man had been lying on the ground for approximately three hours, he was in good condition. Search and Rescue personnel transported the man to the trailhead by ATV’s where he was driven to town by his hunting companion to seek medical attention.

Sheriff Cashell reminds hunters that even a short simple hunt in familiar territory can turn into an adventure. Always 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.


The Gallatin County Sheriff/Coroner has identified the victim in the fatal motor vehicle accident which occurred on I-90 on October 10, 2011 as 64 year-old Carol Leroux of Boulder, MT. The accident is being ivestigated by the Montana Highway Patrol.


On October 6, 2011 at approximately 1: 17 a.m. there was a report of an explosion and fire at a residence off of Jackson Creek Road. Numerous fire departments responded.
At approximately 8:00 a.m. a subject was located and was deceased. The deceased is identified as 74 year-old Jerome Joseph Davis. The explosion and fire are under investigation.

Explosion and Fire in Jackson Creek

Press Release – for immediate release 10-6-2011

(Bozeman, Mont.) Bridger Canyon Fire Fighters were called to the 4000 block of Jackson Cr. Road this morning at 1:17 a.m. for a reported explosion and fire in a residence.  Bridger Canyon  Fire Chief Dan Astrom states that he was on the scene within about 10 minutes and found a large home with it’s walls blown out and well involved in fire.  Efforts to fight the fire were hampered by a long narrow driveway and limited water supply.  The fire was declared under control at about 5:00 this morning.  Neighbors reported hearing and feeling the explosion as far away as 4 miles.  One person is reported to have perished in the residence.  A cat and the garage were saved from the fire. 

Bridger Canyon received assistance from Ft. Ellis, Central Valley, Bozeman, RaeDough and Manhattan Fire Departments, The Salvation Army and Northwestern Energy. 

The event is being investigated by Sheriff’s Office Detectives with assistance from Bozeman Police, the State Fire Marshall’s Office and the ATF.  The Office of the Sheriff/Coroner will do a press release later in the day regarding the fatality. 

Chief Astrom reminds rural residents to be sure to maintain rural water sources.  Good water supply makes the difference between good and bad outcomes on structure and wildland fires.

Photo courtesy of Bridger Canyon Fire Figher Cody Wetmore ####