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Missing Hunters List

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 help.

If you have additional details such as GPS coordinates for these hunters last known locations please e-mail us.  

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Meeker.
  3. 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
  4. Alberta - 2005, Sept. Tom Howell disappeared while sheep hunting on Limestone Mountain near Caroline, Alberta.
  5. Florida, 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Montana - 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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. 
  10. 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.
Below are some hunters who have been missing then later found as long as 56 years latter.
  1. Elmer William Mikus went missing during a hunting trip near Bannack, Montana. (Update: 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.)
  2. 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 body).
  3. 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. )
  4. 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 following day.

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