The following is a list of missing hunters who have yet to be
located. If you are hunting in the area where they went missing
please look around a little more carefully for any signs of the
missing men. It may be something as small as a piece of clothing that
could lead to closure for their families.
If you are looking for a place to hunt why not consider hunting in
one of these areas. The families of these missing hunters need your
If you have additional details such as GPS coordinates for these
hunters last known locations please
New Mexico, Sangre de Cristo Mountains - on September
6, 2009, 61 year old Melvin (Mel) Nadel's hunting companions returned to
their camp near Elk Mountain to find some of Nadel's gear stowed
in his locked Jeep but no sign of their friend, and no signs of
foul play. Nadel had with him a bow, arrows and a pistol.
- Colorado - October 2006, Walter "Bubba" Benskin III
disappeared in October, while elk hunting with one of his
sons-in-law at Ripple Creek Pass, Northwest Colorado. A snowstorm
surprised the pair at 11,000-foot elevation about 45 miles east of
- Minnesota - October 20, 2006, Kory Kelly was
grouse hunting with a friend and his friends golden retriever.
They were last seen at the Red Lake Wildlife Management Area
north of Fourtown in Northern Beltrami County Minnesota.
After splitting up neither the dog nor Kelly could be found. A
ground and air search found the dog alive. Clothes, cigarettes,
lighter, and lip balm were also found, still no sign of
Kelly. Last Seen: Oct. 16, 2006
- Alberta - 2005, Sept. Tom Howell disappeared while
sheep hunting on Limestone Mountain near Caroline, Alberta.
Green Swamp WMA - 2004, November.
Charles Huff, 76, went missing the day before Thanksgiving
while scouting the Green Swamp WMA
for a place for he and his son-in-law to hunt the next day.
Oregon - 2004, Oct.
Jeromy Childress, 31, got lost while out collecting firewood
for hunting camp in Tillamook State Forest. Last seen (10T457450E,
5019110N), camp (N 45 20.198, W 123 33.655). Wearing a blue Nike
baseball cap, blue jeans, and a dark brown Carhart type jacket.
- 2003, Nov. 23, Allen Theis of Minnesota disappeared while deer
hunting in the Missouri breaks area. His truck was found with his
empty rifle case and a pair of light boots on the floor.
Nunavik, Canada - 2003, Sept. Jimmy
Rambone Jr of Rhode
Island was caribou hunting near the Caniapscau River, south of
Kuujjuaq and east of Kuujjuaraapik. A bright orange jacket and
Rambone's camera, found near a caribou carcass, is all that has
ever been found of the hunter.
Washington - 1998, Nov. 7, Raymond Lee Matlock, 28, said
he was going hunting with friends in the Bone River area and
hasn't been seen since.
Pennsylvania - 1985 Nov. 11, Emerson Edward Carbaugh, 64,
went hunting with a family member and was last seen off SR 913,
two miles south of Robertsdale, PA. Carbaugh failed to meet back
with hunting partner and subsequent searches yielded no clues to
the hunters whereabouts.
William Mikus went missing during a hunting trip near Bannack,
Mr. Mikus's remains, gun still at his side, were found in
2006, 56 years latter on a remote mining claim in the area he was
originally thought to be lost.)
- Grant C. Rice - the 59 year old Montana man was reported
Rice missing on Sept. 7, 1983 when he failed to return from what
was probably a hunting or fishing trip. (Update: A
body thought to be that of Mr. Rice was found 23 years after he
disappeared. An archery hunter found remains in a timber patch just
off Schultz Creek Road in Beaverhead County. Mr. Rice's drivers
license, rifle, and other personal belongings were found with the
- Colorado - 2006, Jan 31. Bart Strain, 30, was reported
missing in the Buckhorn Canyon Area and his truck was located near
the ranger station. (Update: Mr. Strains
body was located in Buckhorn Canyon. )
Oregon - 67 year old Dustin Gibson was reported missing
October 3, 2009 by his hunting partner when he failed to meet him
at the designated time and location in Polk county. Search crews
combed the area through October 7 and called off the search when no
sign of Mr. Gibson was found. However, his family and friends
didn't give up the search and located his body in steep terrain on
October 9, 2009 and his body was recovered by search crews the