Hunter spent hours stuck in the mud.
In one of the more bizarre hunting stories we’ve heard this season, a Michigan hunter had to be rescued after getting stuck up to his waist in a quagmire for hours last Sunday.
Mlive.com reports the unidentified hunter was hunting in the Gourdneck State Game Area in Portage when he made a wrong turn and accidentally walked into a bog and found himself stuck up to his waist. “He was on top of a mud bog, where the top layer is grass and leaves but there is water underneath,” Michigan DNR officer Paul Higashi told Mlive.com.
While the bog is made up of mounds of grass that can support a person’s weight, the spots of water between can grab a person and suck them down.
Luckily, the man had both a cell phone and an emergency whistle on him and he was able to contact authorities who sent firefighters out to look for him. Members from a few area fire departments and local police as well as the Michigan State Police and DNR also responded.
While they were able to use cell signals to help get a general idea of his location, it still took the rescuers a few hours to locate the man and another hour and a half to pull him out of the mud in the remote area. He originally called rescuers at 3:38 p.m., but it was well after the sun set when he was finally extracted from his odd predicament.
At that point the rescue party needed the help of sirens and emergency lights to make their own way out of the woods themselves.
This is second-most bizarre hunter rescue story we’ve heard this year. The only thing that could top this would be the hunter that was impaled on a set of elk antlers of an elk he was dragging back to camp in Oregon.