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Two hunters found after getting lost in woods near Reardan, WA

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REARDAN, Wash. -

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says they have found two deer hunters, who were missing in the woods near Reardan, WA for hours.

Sergeant Mike Stauffer, with the Lincoln County Sheriff's office tells us the two men, a father and son, are safe, just tired. The hunters say they got turned around in the woods, then it got dark out and they didn't bring any flashlights with them. They actually started a fire to keep warm.

They did have cell service, and were able to contact one of their wives, who then called 911. Using the cell phone, the men were able to lead rescuers to their location.

The big concern was that the dad is diabetic. However, he had medicine with him and was fine.

Law enforcement says hunters, or anyone going out in the woods should be prepared for every scenario; and is ready for an emergency before it happens. Here are a few points to think about before you even head out on a hunt:

  • A small first aid kit
  • One or two knives
  • A plastic whistle
  • A flashlight with spare batteries
  • Three small packs of tissues
  • High-energy foods
  • Bottled water
  • Fire-starting equipment
  • Parachute cord
  • Jute string
  • Blaze orange flagging tape
  • A map of the area and a compass
  • Rain gear and warm clothing
  • Prescription medicine
  • Spare glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Large garbage bags
  • A large sheet of plastic
  • Soap or sanitizing lotion
  • A backpack to carry all of the items

At the very least, all hunters should carry the following items, every time they head into the field - even if it's just for a few hours. All these items can be carried in a one-quart resealable plastic bag.

  • Two large garbage bags and at least 30 feet of string to build a shelter
  • Fire Starting Equipment:
  • Waterproof matches, a magnesium fire starter or strike-anywhere matches sealed in a plastic bag.
  • Petroleum Jelly inside cotton balls will catch fire very effectively and are very useful for starting a fire if there is little dry wood to be found. Keep cotton balls in a 35mm film canister.
  • Signaling devices such as a plastic whistle or signaling mirror
  • Spare compass and map of the area
  • A small quantity of high-energy food (i.e. granola bar, trail mix, nuts, etc.)
  • Water

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