Deer hunting is a fun activity, but it is important if you do go hunting, you do it with some friends, not alone.

You don't want to have what happened to a man from Kingston man happen to you. A media outlet in DeKalb County is reporting that 31-year old hunter was flown to the hospital on Thursday after he got lost while hunting in the Kishwaukee River State Fish and Wildlife Area off Kirkland Road.  To make matters worse, while hunting, he also fell into the Kishwaukee River in very cold temperature, where he injured himself.

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The man, whose name has not been released by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, was hunting with a friend. His friend left and the man continued to hunt alone. The man did not have his cell phone with him.

It took authorities about three and a half hours to locate and rescue the man. Authorities found him at 10:30pm late Thursday night. After he was found, he was transported to the Kirkland Fire station, loaded on a medical helicopter and transported to Rockford's OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.

The man has minor injuries and is expected to be okay.

So, this begs the obvious questions:

  • Why did this man's friend leave him behind?
  • If you are hunting alone, why would you not have your cell phone with you?