Idaho hunter rescued in knee deep snow, bitter cold

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CUSTER COUNTY, Idaho – Search and Rescue crews from Challis, Idaho came to the aid of a hunter from Soda Springs on Saturday, according to the Custer County Sheriff’s Office.

39-year-old Kyle Gunderson was hunting in the upper Hat Creek drainage, 20 miles northwest of Challis, when his vehicle became stuck in knee deep snow.

He climbed a ridge about 5 p.m. and called for help.

The Challis Search and Rescue unit was called out and began working its way to the stranded hunter.

With nightfall setting in and the temperature dropping to 12 degrees, Gunderson decided to walk the 12 miles out of the snow covered backcountry.

He had walked 5 miles, but still had 7 more to go when the rescue team found him.

Gunderson was cold and tired, but was not injured, when he was joined by the rescue team and transported to safety just before 9 p.m.