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Missing hunter found in Aspen

Joel Stonington
Aspen Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

ASPEN”After spending two nights in the wilderness, a Wisconsin hunter was found by local rescuers in the Thompson Creek area.

Paul Kappers, 27, of Kenosha, Wisc., became disoriented and lost while elk hunting Monday, said Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Lumsden.

Kappers and two others had backpacked in from a vehicle parked up the Thompson Creek drainage in the Redstone area. When they went up to hunt, Kappers lost the others and spent two nights out with only water, two Snickers bars and some beef jerky, Lumsden said.

Rescue teams started looking for Kappers on Tuesday night but could not find the lost bow hunter and called off the search for the evening.

Members of Mountain Rescue Aspen, 16 of whom had mobilized for the search, spotted Kappers at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning on the ridge between Thompson and Coal creeks. An airplane involved in the search then dropped a radio to the man and rescue team members directed him back to the camp.

West Eagle Search and Rescue sent three members for the search, as did West Elk Search and Rescue from Gunnison County, two of whom were on dirt bikes looking for the lost hunter.

“He was out here in 2004 and he thought he knew the area,” Lumsden said. “They found him, he was OK, he just needed to get his bearings. No medical attention was required.”

Lumsden said the hunters did not bag any elk.

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