On October 22, 2022, around 7:00 PM, Idaho County received a call regarding three missing hunters. Two of them were in the 40s and one was an 11-year-old. They were last known to be in the Jackson Creek area off of French Creek Road and the Warren Wagon Road.
The hunters had left their camp on Friday, October 21st, and had been without food and water since then and were not prepared to stay the night in the weather.
Idaho County deputies responded that night and met with others at the hunting camp. Members from Grangeville Mountain Rescue Unit (GMRU) and Idaho County Search and Rescue responded early Sunday morning.
Cody Carlson of Salmon River Helicopters was able to fly the area in his helicopter and was able to locate the missing hunters. He dropped a bag of supplies and was able to communicate with them. They were able to start a fire and were in good health.
Cody returned and was able to take a search and rescue member closer and drop them off, where they were able to lead them back to their cabin.
We wish to thank Cody Carlson and Salmon River Helicopters, Grangeville Mountain Rescue, and the Riggins Ambulance for their assistance on this incident.
This fall has been a very busy time for search and rescue. Sheriff Ulmer would like to thank everyone who been a part of any of our searches. Volunteers are the backbone to search and rescue. They volunteer their time and personal resources, and we cannot thank them enough for their continued dedication to serving our community.