Authorities say a 59-year-old man died Saturday while hunting
near Flesher Pass.
The man was dead when a search and rescue crew located him. Lewis
and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said the cause of death is not
yet known but it does not seem suspicious at this time.
His name has not been released. A call to the county coroner’s
office was not returned.
Dutton said the man and a friend were hunting and after a while
The friend returned to the pickup and when the man did not return
for quite some time, he became worried. According to Dutton, the
friend walked back up a trail and found the man face down in the
The friend ran to the nearest home on the 11000 block of Lincoln
Road West and called 911 at about 1:30 p.m.
Officials were not able to get a vehicle up to the spot and used
snowmobiles to access the deceased man. The man’s body was loaded
onto a sled and transported to an awaiting ambulance about 4 p.m.,
Lewis and Clark Search and Rescue was joined by deputies and
crews from Canyon Creek, Birdseye and Marysville volunteer fire
departments, along with St. Peter’s Ambulance.
Montana’s general big game hunting season closes today a
half-hour after sunset. The big game hunting season, which primarily
includes deer and elk, but also black bears, moose, bighorn sheep
and mountain goats, closes the Sunday after Thanksgiving each year.
The season won’t be extended this year.
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