MILLINOCKET, Maine — The Maine Warden Service reported Tuesday evening that the two missing hunters found late Sunday afternoon in northern Piscataquis County did not arrive home at the time they were expected because they had become stranded.
Travis Hafford, 33, of Millinocket and Ryan Stevens, also 33, formerly of Millinocket and now of Ellsworth, left Friday morning to go hunting in a region north of Allagash Lake, near Township 9 Range 14, Cpl. John McDonald said in a news release.
While driving in an area east of Mud Pond the men encountered a flooded road and Hafford’s 2006 Chevy pickup became stuck in the ice, McDonald said.
The men spent Friday night in the pickup. On Saturday morning, they walked south to the Narrow Pond Road, McDonald said. He said Hafford and Stevens were able to make entry into Johnson’s Allagash Lodge on Narrow Pond in Township 14 Range 14, he said.
There they made a fire and spent Saturday night in the lodge. A game warden had checked the lodge earlier that morning but the hunters had not yet arrived.
The next morning, the two began to walk east on the Narrow Pond Road, where they eventually were found near Eagle Lake Township by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who was on his way to work at the St. Juste Checkpoint in Big Ten Township.
The men were taken to St. Juste, where authorities called the Maine Warden Service at about 5:30 p.m., McDonald said. He said neither man needed medical attention.