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Missing Hunter Found Safe in Luzerne County

FAIRMOUNT TOWNSHIP -- The search for a missing hunter is over in Luzerne County.

Crews were looking for the 60-year-old man from Luzerne County in the area where Luzerne, Sullivan and Wyoming Counties come together.

Representatives of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, state police, firefighters, and other volunteers planned their strategy at the Fairmount Volunteer Fire Department along Route 118 near Ricketts Glen State Park.

They were ready to go out to search for a hunter who didn't come home Monday evening, lost in the woods on a night where temperatures dipped into the twenties.

This was not an easy search in these deep woods that you see from Skycam 16.

"It's very wooded, heavy terrain, a lot of blowdowns, 46,000 acres up here we're trying to cover," said Fairmount Township Fire Chief Dave Keller.

The search started around 2 a.m. Tuesday. It came to an end around 9 a.m. when the hunter walked out of the woods on his own, along Route 118 and knocked on the door of a home to ask for help.

First responders say the hunter had gun problems, cell phone problems, and other issues during his overnight ordeal.

In spite of it all, he refused medical treatment and went home with his family.

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