Hunter Located After Missing for 4 Days in Chippewa National Forest

WALKER, Minn. – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday, Sept. 25, at 2:15 p.m., they received the report of a missing hunter in rural Boy Lake Township, north of Remer.

Deputies responded to the call and learned that an adult male, identified as 57-year-old Patrick Feiner, of South St. Paul, was missing from his hunting camp and had not had contact with family members since Thursday, Sept. 21. An initial search of the area left deputies empty-handed.

Search efforts continued on Sept. 26, in very wet conditions. Search crews were able to locate Feiner in a wet swampy area that was difficult to access within the Chippewa National Forest.

Feiner was treated on scene and transported to a Deer River Hospital for evaluation.

Authorities indicate that temperatures varied greatly during the 4-day time period; reaching highs near 82 degrees with humidity and lows overnight into the upper 30s, as well as significant rainfall.

With the upcoming fall hunting season, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds all area hunters of the following safety considerations:

  • Get a detailed map of the area you are hunting, review it before you leave and carry it with you in the field.
  • Carry a compass and know how to use it. Decide ahead of time the direction to head for if you get lost or disoriented.
  • Weather can change quickly in Minnesota, so hunters should carry a simple survival kit and be prepared for an unexpected overnight stay in the field. The survival kit should contain a rope, knife, water, waterproof matches, an emergency shelter and first aid supplies.
  • If you are on the water, make sure to wear a life vest.
  • Know your hunting partners’ physical and emotional limitations, as well as your own, and don’t push your partners or yourself beyond those limits.
  • If hunting from an elevated stand use a Fall Restraint Device.
  • Always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
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