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.