CLARK TOWNSHIP, MI - Late Sunday night, November 29th, 2015, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer located a missing hunter who had become lost after leaving his hunting blind to track a wounded deer in Mackinac County.\r\nThe 67-year-old man from Sault Ste. Marie, whose name was not released, had been hunting in Clark Township Sunday afternoon, a few miles northeast of Cedarville.\r\nThe hunter wounded a deer sometime Sunday afternoon. In searching for the animal, the man became disoriented as daylight began to diminish. At about 4:50 p.m. he called 911 from his cellphone, reporting he was lost.\r\nCellphone service in the area is spotty, and the man considered himself fortunate to have had a signal to get a call out.\r\nDeputies from the Mackinac County Sheriff\u2019s Office and Clark Township Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and began searching.\r\nDNR conservation officer Jon Busken heard radio traffic about the search effort and soon arrived to help.\r\nBusken and a sheriff\u2019s deputy sounded their sirens from separate locations to try to signal the lost hunter. Deputies were able to contact the man on his cellphone. He said he could hear Busken\u2019s patrol vehicle siren loudest of the two sirens, as they were turned on and off.\r\nBusken and a member of the lost man\u2019s hunting party were able to position themselves so they could shout to the hunter. He began walking out of the woods toward Busken, but he became disoriented in the swamp. He soon began walking farther away from the conservation officer.\r\n\u201cCell phone contact with the lost hunter was very poor,\u201d Busken said. \u201cAt this point, we decided we needed to go to him before he became more disoriented and moved farther into the very dense and wet swamp.\u201d\r\nBusken and the man\u2019s friend went in on foot and located the lost hunter at around 10:30 p.m.\r\n\u201cHis shoes and pants were soaked from walking through the cedar swamp,\u201d Busken said. \u201cHe seemed somewhat disoriented, but was very happy to see us.\u201d\r\nIt took the men nearly two hours to walk back to Busken\u2019s patrol truck.\r\n\u201cHis condition and the swampy terrain we encountered required us to walk out very slowly,\u201d Busken said. \u201cIt was close to 1 a.m. Monday before we had him safely back at his camp.\u201d\r\nLt. Eugene \u201cSkip\u201d Hagy, who is Busken\u2019s supervisor, said the search produced a happy ending in a situation that could have turned out much worse, with temperatures in the teens during the night and the hunter soaking wet.\r\n\u201cConservation officers often assist with locating individuals who become lost in remote areas,\u201d Hagy said. \u201cThese areas are their backyards. It\u2019s where they work every day.\u201d\r\nDNR Law Enforcement Division Chief Gary Hagler agreed.\r\n\u201cThis is another example of the important role Michigan conservation officers play in search and rescue operations throughout the state,\u201d Hagler said. \u201cConservation officers are well-trained and routinely respond to a wide range of situations where people find themselves in need of assistance.\r\n\u201cThis was just one of many successful recoveries by DNR conservation officers over the firearm deer hunting season and we\u2019re glad the outcome turned out as it did.\u201d\r\nHagy said the incident provides a good reminder to be prepared when heading into the woods.\r\nHe suggested the following tips:\r\n\r\n\r\n\tLet someone know where you will be and when you expect to return.\r\n\tHave some basic survival tools, including a compass, with you. Take a compass reading before you go into the woods so you know which direction you\u2019re heading. If you become disoriented, you\u2019ll know which direction to travel to get back out.\r\n\tTake some waterproof matches and a flashlight with extra batteries.\r\n\r\n\u201cThese are just a few basic things everyone should have with them,\u201d Hagy said.\r\nThe wounded deer was not recovered.