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Missing South Dakota hunters found safe

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The hunters who have been missing since Sunday afternoon have been rescued.

Gary and Clifford Wipf were found by a Forest Service employee in the Flag Mountain Area, approximately four miles north of Deerfield Lake.

Initial reports indicate that the two brothers appear to be in good condition.

Sheriff’s Office deputies, Pennington County Search and Rescue, Lawrence County Search and Rescue, the Emergency Operations Center, Forest Service and the Red Cross all provided assistance in this successful recovery effort.

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KOTA -- The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for information regarding the whereabouts of two hunters who have been missing in the Deerfield area since Sunday afternoon.

The hunters, Gary Wipf, 74, and Clifford Wipf, 83, were last seen turkey hunting on Forest Service Rd 117 5D. Their vehicle is a red 2004 Toyota SR5 shortbed pickup truck with topper, SD license plate 2NP 924.

Gary Wipf is 5’6” 190 lbs, bald with blue eyes.

Clifford is 5’8” 160 lbs, bald with blue eyes.

Pennington County Search and Rescue along with Lawrence County Search and Rescue have been coordinating rescue efforts with the Emergency Operations Center since this morning. The search has been hampered by difficult weather conditions. Snow cover will not allow for air assets to be used. Many roads are only accessible by snowmobile due to current weather conditions.

Anyone with information is urged to please call The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office at 394-2151.


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