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December 10, 2012

Survival: Deer Hunter Rescued After Being Lost in Manitoba for Three Weeks

By Chad Love

A Canadian deer hunter who vanished on Nov. 15 was finally rescued this weekend after wandering the bush for three weeks.

From this story in the http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Lost+Manitoba+hunter+describes+survive... " target="_blank">Calgary Herald:
A hunter who turned up after being lost in the southeast Manitoba bush for three weeks says thoughts of his family and the hundreds of people who were looking for him kept him going. "(It was) my wife and my son and the knowledge that the search and rescue community and people I don't even know were out looking," said Brad Lambert, who turned up safe and sound Saturday after spending 21 nights in his truck, stranded in the bush. "That means a great deal."

According to the story, the 46-year-old Lambert was last seen on November 15 when he stopped to buy supplies for a deer hunt, but when Lambert took a wrong turn on the wrong trail he became stranded in a remote area. When Lambert failed to return home, searchers began combing the area but failed to find him. Lambert had no food and ate nothing during the ordeal, but was able to melt snow for water. When searchers failed to find him, Lambert eventually began walking and found a road, where he was eventually picked up.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

Hi...

Always great to hear about a happy ending. Too many others have perished under similar circumstances.

Apparently, some outdoorsmen don't realize what the 'innocent' dangers that can befall them might be. Even for a half day afield, why not be cautious and carry necessary survival items with you?

Why be a statistical fragment when there are other options...?? Carry your basic survival kit every time you're afield. I bet Mr. Lambert will from now on...!!

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from elkslayer wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

The source article fails to explain how he became "stranded". It says he spent 21 nights in his truck; Was it stuck? Out of Fuel? Broken down?

Even then he was in a location that he drove to, why couldn't he have found his way out by going back the way he came? When he finally did walk out it says he had to go through the "bush" to find a road; why not use the road his truck was sitting on?

I would like to know why he didn't follow the road he came in on, which he must have been close to if he spent the nights in his truck.

Most importantly I want to know how he went 21 days without killing something to eat. He was hunting after all he must have had a weapon.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

This story is more than a little hard to believe. I was only overnight without food in freezing temperatures back in October 1971 and just barely made it out alive. Doctor who examined me went through every thermometer in the clinic before he would believe my body temp. Said I should have been dead. And it never got down to -25C either! Just barely below 32F. The guy couldn't follow his own tire tracks and walk out for help? Pffffffft! Don't need a compass or map for that! Sorry, but something really stinks with this tale and anyone who has spent time in that country this time of year would have to agree. There is no way in hell his body could generate enough heat to keep him alive without food for that length of time in those temps. No way! Thirty years ago any news reporter worth a crap in this country would have laughed at such a story. Goes to show you how soft and naive our society has become.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

We had a similar incident many years ago back in Montana when I was with the search and rescue. That guy wasn't "lost" for 21 days, more like four. We found his vehicle alright but he was nowhere in the area and we eventually abandoned the search. He miraculously turned up not far away on a logging road several days later all hale and hearty even though he had no food, fire, or shelter and a helluva storm had been raging. No one in the S&R bought his BS about wandering around in the bush all that time. Sure enough it turned out he had been ... otherwise occupied (at a local motel, if I remember correctly). His co-conspirator had followed him in her vehicle and then brought him back once they had done the deed ... enough times.

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from dale freeman wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

You're right on target, ,"ONTARIO HONKER".
His story went straight south when he stated he ate nothing, when he had last been seen buying supplies and then all the other questions that you'll have brought up.
Sounds like the makings of a good police class.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

By the way, in that Montana example it was the guy's wife who sent us out looking for him, and she was not the one who was keeping things warm at the motel.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

I suppose technically the Montana guy couldn't be charged for wasting emergency service's time. After all, he had been "in the bush" for the duration ... :-)

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

Hi...

Yeah, I gotta admit that I should have read the 'story' a second time. Just too many details were left out.

IF it did actually happen...great...but where is 'The Rest of the Story'...!!

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

I'm with OHH on this...something's not adding up. Why would you stay with your vehicle for more than a few days? Obviously there was a road leading to where his truck was stranded...did it really take him 21 days to figure out he should start walkin' back out? This guys was lucky to be sure, and it's miraculous he's alive if the story is true, but this was almost a Darwin award.

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from dale freeman wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

in the "BUSH" for 21 days, oh gosh.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

The authorities should track his cell phone traffic for the period when he was supposed to be lost. That will likely tell the "rest of the story." Given the implausibility of his story and the fact that deliberately wasting emergency services time is a chargeable offense (and it should be - many searchers wind up missing work, risk their lives, etc.), the cops could surely get a warrant to search. But they won't. I think everyone, especially the Winnipeg news media, is anxious to put this to bed and avoid the inevitable embarrassment. I also caught the interview with Mr. Lambert on the National News the other night. He is rather plump for a guy who supposedly starved for 21 days. Won't be getting a role in any Holocaust movies that's for sure.

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from bennyjc wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

too bad he wasn't on a fishing trip... then you could say "better a day's catch of fish than a life time of crabs..."

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

Hi...

Always great to hear about a happy ending. Too many others have perished under similar circumstances.

Apparently, some outdoorsmen don't realize what the 'innocent' dangers that can befall them might be. Even for a half day afield, why not be cautious and carry necessary survival items with you?

Why be a statistical fragment when there are other options...?? Carry your basic survival kit every time you're afield. I bet Mr. Lambert will from now on...!!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from elkslayer wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

The source article fails to explain how he became "stranded". It says he spent 21 nights in his truck; Was it stuck? Out of Fuel? Broken down?

Even then he was in a location that he drove to, why couldn't he have found his way out by going back the way he came? When he finally did walk out it says he had to go through the "bush" to find a road; why not use the road his truck was sitting on?

I would like to know why he didn't follow the road he came in on, which he must have been close to if he spent the nights in his truck.

Most importantly I want to know how he went 21 days without killing something to eat. He was hunting after all he must have had a weapon.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

This story is more than a little hard to believe. I was only overnight without food in freezing temperatures back in October 1971 and just barely made it out alive. Doctor who examined me went through every thermometer in the clinic before he would believe my body temp. Said I should have been dead. And it never got down to -25C either! Just barely below 32F. The guy couldn't follow his own tire tracks and walk out for help? Pffffffft! Don't need a compass or map for that! Sorry, but something really stinks with this tale and anyone who has spent time in that country this time of year would have to agree. There is no way in hell his body could generate enough heat to keep him alive without food for that length of time in those temps. No way! Thirty years ago any news reporter worth a crap in this country would have laughed at such a story. Goes to show you how soft and naive our society has become.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

We had a similar incident many years ago back in Montana when I was with the search and rescue. That guy wasn't "lost" for 21 days, more like four. We found his vehicle alright but he was nowhere in the area and we eventually abandoned the search. He miraculously turned up not far away on a logging road several days later all hale and hearty even though he had no food, fire, or shelter and a helluva storm had been raging. No one in the S&R bought his BS about wandering around in the bush all that time. Sure enough it turned out he had been ... otherwise occupied (at a local motel, if I remember correctly). His co-conspirator had followed him in her vehicle and then brought him back once they had done the deed ... enough times.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

I suppose technically the Montana guy couldn't be charged for wasting emergency service's time. After all, he had been "in the bush" for the duration ... :-)

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

Hi...

Yeah, I gotta admit that I should have read the 'story' a second time. Just too many details were left out.

IF it did actually happen...great...but where is 'The Rest of the Story'...!!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

The authorities should track his cell phone traffic for the period when he was supposed to be lost. That will likely tell the "rest of the story." Given the implausibility of his story and the fact that deliberately wasting emergency services time is a chargeable offense (and it should be - many searchers wind up missing work, risk their lives, etc.), the cops could surely get a warrant to search. But they won't. I think everyone, especially the Winnipeg news media, is anxious to put this to bed and avoid the inevitable embarrassment. I also caught the interview with Mr. Lambert on the National News the other night. He is rather plump for a guy who supposedly starved for 21 days. Won't be getting a role in any Holocaust movies that's for sure.

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from dale freeman wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

You're right on target, ,"ONTARIO HONKER".
His story went straight south when he stated he ate nothing, when he had last been seen buying supplies and then all the other questions that you'll have brought up.
Sounds like the makings of a good police class.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

By the way, in that Montana example it was the guy's wife who sent us out looking for him, and she was not the one who was keeping things warm at the motel.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

I'm with OHH on this...something's not adding up. Why would you stay with your vehicle for more than a few days? Obviously there was a road leading to where his truck was stranded...did it really take him 21 days to figure out he should start walkin' back out? This guys was lucky to be sure, and it's miraculous he's alive if the story is true, but this was almost a Darwin award.

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from dale freeman wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

in the "BUSH" for 21 days, oh gosh.

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from bennyjc wrote 1 year 17 weeks ago

too bad he wasn't on a fishing trip... then you could say "better a day's catch of fish than a life time of crabs..."

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