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Rescuers find lost hunter no worse for wear

A Superior man who lost his way in thick woods while hunting in Gordon on Sunday was found by rescuers four hours later. David Lien, 51, was hunting partridge with his friend Douglas Dickenson of Foxboro on Sunday afternoon when he got lost, acco...

A Superior man who lost his way in thick woods while hunting in Gordon on Sunday was found by rescuers four hours later.

David Lien, 51, was hunting partridge with his friend Douglas Dickenson of Foxboro on Sunday afternoon when he got lost, according to a Douglas County Sheriff's Department report.

Sometime between 5 and 5:30 p.m., the men decided to make a last push through the area west of Lucas Road near Hunter Trail. Dickenson called the Douglas County Sheriff's Department an hour later when Lien failed to return.

Officer Brad Hoyt called volunteer firefighters from Gordon, Officer Cory Knutson and his K-9 partner, Fero, to help with the search. Fero was able to track Lien's path through the woods, but lost the scent when it crossed the road. The search was then turned over to the Gordon firefighters.

Rescuers working the east side of Lucas Road located Lien safe and sound at approximately 9:30 p.m. He told them that he had gotten turned around in the thick woods and was unable to find his way out. When it got dark, Lien said he stayed put and waited for help to arrive. He used his shotgun to sound out his location when he heard rescuers nearby.

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"He was checked out medically and sent home none the worse for wear," Hoyt wrote in his report.

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