The Gallatin County Sheriff's Department is reporting that they found an overdue hunter Saturday in the area of the Trident cement plant near Headwaters State Park.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Gallatin County 911 received a call for an overdue hunter around 3:45 on Saturday afternoon. The hunter, a 47-year-old local man, had planned on meeting up with another hunter but didn’t show up.

Attempts to contact the hunter by phone were unsuccessful. Based on the falling temperatures and the rugged terrain, Gallatin County Search and Rescue was called out to conduct a search for the hunter. When deputies arrived on scene, the reporting party had left her truck to look for the overdue hunter. SAR volunteers, including a search dog, quickly located the reporting party and brought her back to the truck.

Just before 7 p.m., Montana Rail Link notified their dispatch that a train engineer had spotted a man near the tracks at the bottom of the Clarkston Hill. Deputies responded and located the overdue hunter. The man was in good spirits and was given a ride to his residence to meet with the reporting party.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office reminds you that when you are in the backcountry, be prepared to stay out overnight should the conditions worsen. If you report a missing person, please stay with your vehicle until they arrive so they don’t have to search for multiple people.

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