DEC responds to hunting calls in towns of Inlet and Long Lake

The Department of Environ-mental Conservation, Region Five, has reported its fall Search and Rescue activity for Hamilton County, which includes the following responses.

Town of Inlet, Moose River Plains Wild Forest

On Saturday, October 26, at approximately 8:15 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call reporting two overdue hunters.

Dell Hilbreth, 55, of Savannah, NY, and Tony Hilbreth, 31, of Liverpool, were supposed to meet the rest of their hunting party back at their camp at 4:30 p.m., but had not yet returned.

Two DEC Forest Rangers responded and began searching for the men.

After several hours of searching, both of the Hilbreths were located in good health. 

They had missed the trail that they had planned take out of the woods.

When they encountered Pine Grove Creek they followed it downstream until dark and then built a fire.

The Forest Rangers escorted them out of the woods and back to their camp and were clear of the incident at 2 a.m.

Always carry a map and compass, and know how to use them.

Town of Long Lake, Sargent Pond Wild Forest

On Saturday, October 26, 2013, at approximately 8:25 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call reporting an overdue hunter. Arthur Bubb, 48, of Mechanicville, NY, was hunting with a group of friends, but had not been seen or heard from since noon.

His hunting party had made several attempts to locate him, but with no success.

Three DEC Forest Rangers responded and quickly located Mr. Bubb, who was on his way back to his hunting camp.

Mr. Bubb had shot a deer at approximately 2:15 p.m. and had spent time tracking, dragging and cutting up the deer.

He was in good condition and Forest Rangers escorted him back to the camp. Always carry a headlamp or flashlight and extra batteries.

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