From the Lewiston Sun Journal today.
Vermont hunter found alive
Sun Journal Staff
MADRID — A hunter who was missing since Monday night was found alive after spending two nights in the wilderness of northern Franklin and Oxford counties.
Maine Warden Service officials confirmed at about 4 p.m. that Steven Wright, 53, of Woodford, Vt., had been located and was en route to Lewiston's Central Maine Medical Center by a LifeFlight of Maine helicopter.
Wright was found walking along a trail by a pair of snowmobile riders near the Franklin County township of Madrid.
"He is alive and coherent," said Deborah Turcotte, the acting director of public information and education at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Lt. Adam Gormely, a warden at a search command post in Byron, said Woodford was in critical condition.
"Wright was able to say his name. He was conscious and alert," Gormely said.
More than 30 wardens and a dozen other rescuers had been searching for Wright for two nights and nearly three full days. He was first reported missing by his hunting companions early Tuesday morning.
Earlier today the Wardens Service reported that Wright had packed a survival kit including matches and a radio but that he left it behind in his truck.
Wright, an experienced hunter who has hunted nationwide, took off following a deer track during Monday's snowstorm armed with a muzzleloader and two to three rounds.
The other two hunters got into deer stands — platforms attached to trees — and waited for deer to come along, Gormely said.
Searchers were just about to break off their efforts today when the report came in that Wright had been found.
Gormely said given the recent weather conditions and the terrain that Wright beat the odds in surviving two nights with little gear.