Missing Hunter Safe, Gives Advice to Other Hunters
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on September 25, 2013 @ 7:03PM
Created on September 25, 2013 @ 4:36PM
A Randolph County man is safe on Wednesday, after he was reported missing on Tuesday when he was supposed to be bear hunting.
He said he's thankful that he was able to make it back to his house, and has some advice for anyone else venturing into the wilderness.
"I found a stream, and followed the stream down. I then came back up and picked up a road, took it down until I got to another stream, and then I found a rock based road and just walked it out," said Bickel. "Have yourself a GPS system or something that they can locate you because it's an awful big mountain."
Also, if it gets dark, stay put. If you wander around in the dark, you face the risk of getting more lost or injured.
Finally, always carry a compass with you.
The Randolph County Sheriff's Department handled the search for Bickel. They were assisted by DNR, local fire departments including Huttonsville-Mill Creek, Randolph County Emergency Services, State Police, Pocahontas County Search and Rescue, and the Red Cross.
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