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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.

Dave Bickel was able to make his way home after getting separated from his group on Cheat Mountain.

So, what should you do if you get lost?

If you don't know where you are, the first thing you should do is stay calm. Try to retrace your steps, and get back to a trail or road you started out on.

Now if you can't find the road or trail, follow a stream. That's what helped Dave Bickel get out of the woods on Tuesday night. He walked through the night until he found a home. The people that lived there were able to get him back to his home safely.

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."

There's some other things you can do if you're lost in the woods. Make sure your friends and family know the general area you're going to before you leave. That way they can get that information to emergency officials.

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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